E.E. asks from Muskegon, MI on June 23, 2009
My Baby Won't Transition from Breast Milk to Formula! Help...
I had a beautiful baby in November 2008...he is my "bonus" baby! lol He has been breastfed for all of these months and I am starting him in daycare and would like to begin formula. However, he has an agenda all of his own. Everytime we offer the formula he tastes it and automatically gags(loud) and his eyes turn red and watery!! He is very dramatic-I would really like to stop nursing now...he is 22lbs and counting! Any advice to help is greatly appreciated.
So What Happened?™
Well...my little guy started daycare and is still refusing a bottle! We tried breast milk, regular milk,formula etc. He has adapted to just not having breast/bottle during the day at daycare. He nurses before and then when he gets picked up. I'm home usually after 5:00 and he nurses for the rest of the evening along with his regular routine foods.
Thank you for all of the supportive advice that I received...btw I did go back to work when my baby was only 1-month old. I am very blessed to work for a Dr. who allowed me to have him with me during working hours.
H.S. answers from Detroit on July 01, 2009
It may be the bottle he's not liking; try pumping the breast milk and putting it in a bottle. You could also try to mix it 1/2 breast and 1/2 formula. Good luck!
M.M. answers from Lansing on June 24, 2009
My son went through this same thing. He never really did end up taking a bottle. He would skip a meal if he had to but he would not take a bottle. And to this day He does not drink milk he is now 4. The doctor says he probably does not like the taste and if they don't like the taste there is nothing you can do to get them to drink it. I did not work outside of the home so I did not have to worry about this. Have you tried other things in a bottle like juice or water and does he gag on these? If not than it the formula that he does not like. If he gags with other things than its the nipple on the bottle try another style. I used the advent bottle and that seem to work great.. I wish you good luck with this.
L.M. answers from Detroit on June 23, 2009
Hi E., great job BFing him for so long. I'm not sure if you have a breastpump, but my only suggestion would be to pump breastmilk and add a little formula to it in a bottle. Then if he's receptive, gradually increase the formula and decrease the breastmilk until he is 100% formula.
S.K. answers from Lansing on June 24, 2009
I would try mixing the formula and breast milk. Start with way more breast milk than formula and slowly increase the amount of formula until he's taking it. He might just not like it at all, if you can hang on a few more months you could just switch him right to milk. Good Luck!!
G.B. answers from Detroit on June 24, 2009
I wish I could help you see how much I regret putting my first 2 children on formula when I returned to work. They're grown now and as I've watched them nurse their older babies, I've felt such sadness and guilt that I did this. At the time, I saw no other options.
Many moms work and breastfeed. Formula introduces all kinds of risks and removes the valuable immunity your baby has been getting from you. The fact that he's a good size doesn't in the least diminish his desire to continue to be breastfed, as you've discovered. He's still an infant in every way.
I don't want to offend you or be nonsupportive but I want to ask you to rethink this, which is what I feel your son is asking of you by his "dramatic" reaction". You could also consider postponing your return to work until he's over a year. Just think about all of this from his perspective before you totally turn that corner.
M.P. answers from Detroit on June 24, 2009
Alfalfa is what I recommend to moms who want to wean off of breast feeding. It is natural, won't hurt mom or baby, but gives the breast milk a not so pleasant taste and that the baby does not like. If you are interested in knowing what Alfalfa I recommend, email me or call me at ###-###-####.
With regards to the formula, have you tried different brands?
C.L. answers from Detroit on June 24, 2009
Let me just add.. it's perfectly ok to nurse a 7 1/2 month old.. I know many moms that nurse past 1 1/2 or even 2 years! It's ok and great for your child!!
R.L. answers from Lansing on June 24, 2009
If you are dead set on the transition a type of bottle that may make it easier is the Adiri nurser. Since I am now a SAHM, my daughter has been exclusively breastfed for 3 1/2 months now and I wanted to be able to at least go out for more than a few hours and not worry about rushing back! So, I had tried many bottles, and this one worked right away. It may be the bottle more than the tast of formula, but I would do the mixing like the other;s suggested!
M.W. answers from Detroit on June 24, 2009
I would also recommend pumping. Obviously your baby knows what's best for him and BREAST MILK IS BEST! Give your baby the nutrients his body is asking for!
A.C. answers from Detroit on June 24, 2009
My daughter had the same reaction to formula. I tried everything to ween but ended up getting a pump bc it was a nightmare she will be two in october and she is still bf 2x a day good luck and I hope it works out for you!