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What should I switch to for 9 month old breastfeeder who hates her formula?

  • Different formula

    Votes: 9 47.4%
  • Milk - cow or goat

    Votes: 6 31.6%
  • Mix formula with milk

    Votes: 3 15.8%
  • Stay the same

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Hi Ladies, I need some help with this<br>
I've exclusively breastfed my daughter until she was 8 months old and now at 9 months she has 1-2 bottles of formula at daycare. She eats 3 healthy meals a day and I nurse her when we're together and at night. She still eats every 2 hours.<br>
My problem is that she HATES the formula - I've tried a few different kinds - but of a 6 oz bottle she'll only drink maybe 3 oz at the most (where with my breastmilk she would have drank all of it). I asked her doctor and he said I can give her whole milk but that the formula has alot of good nutrition. I figure that she isn't drinking the formula anyway, so maybe I should switch it.<br><br>
1. Is there a better formula out there that she may like?<br>
2. Should I switch the bottles she has to cow or goat milk instead of the<br>
formula?<br>
3. Can I mix the formula with mlk?
 

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Formula tastes nasty, What about trying pediasure? I know some parents who start giving whole milk at 9 months, but I'm too freaky about vitamins etc lol
 

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To be honest I would stick with the formula, one thing to remember is that formula takes longer to digest so she may not be as hungry. When I started my kids on formula they would only take a bit at a time and as they got used to it would take a little more.<br>
What formula's have you tried - we found that the one they liked the best was the goodstart regular it tends to be fairly thin in texture while most of the others are alot creamier (at least in my experience) and is closer to BM in the texture.<br>
I would go with formula bacause regular milk lacks in nuitrents, while formula isn't BM by any means it have more then regular milk. My kids had formula till they where 18 months. My feeling is that if they need BM for that long then if I can't give them BM I'm going to give them the closest thing to it that I can.
 

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I think she's too young to be completely off of formula, even if it's only for 2 bottles a day. If it was two bottles a week, I would say to go ahead and use plain milk.<br><br>
I voted for "try a different formula" but I don't think it's unreasonable to try mixing formula with milk instead of or in addition to trying other formulas. Since it is only 2 bottles a day, and not full time bottle feeding, it would be more like one formula and one milk bottle a day.
 

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If you can't pump or get breastmilk from somewhere, she really still needs formula.<br><br>
No, formula can not be mixed with milk.<br><br>
And no, I would not give milk at that young age.<br><br>
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I am assuming you can no longer pump enough for her needs. So I would say avoid cows milk and stick with either the formula or like someone else mentioned try pedialite.
 

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Formula mixed with milk is better than milk alone. My son got formula mixed with milk for several months after he turned 1 because straight milk was hard on his stomach. He gradually got used to whole milk. I'd vote for trying different kinds of formula, but if you've exhausted the options, it's not terrible to try mixing it with milk.
 

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To be honest, if she's getting plenty of breastmilk at home I wouldn't worry that much about her only drinking 3 oz. I'd make sure they were offering water with meals at daycare, add some foods that contain a lot of water (fruits and veggies) and maybe give her some whole milk yogurt (much easier on their tummies than milk) to hold her over until she's home and can nurse.<br><br>
If you want to try a different brand of formula it can't hurt, but I wouldn't worry if she feels the same way about it.<br><br>
I would never give whole milk (goats or cows) to a child under 1. I wouldn't give pediasure either -- pediasure has many more calories per oz (30, vs 20) and is much "richer" than infant formula, it's not designed for babies.<br><br>
In order to judge if she's getting enough I think you need to look at the whole day, and not just the hours at daycare -- if she's nursing at night and in the mornings and evenings I can't imagine she's not getting quite a bit there.
 

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I'm having the same issues. I can't pump enough anymore at work to satisfy my dd while she's at daycare. I only have 16oz left in my freezer, so I'm going to have to figure something out too.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you can't pump or get breastmilk from somewhere, she really still needs formula.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">To be honest, if she's getting plenty of breastmilk at home I wouldn't worry that much about her only drinking 3 oz. I'd make sure they were offering water with meals at daycare, add some foods that contain a lot of water (fruits and veggies) and maybe give her some whole milk yogurt (much easier on their tummies than milk) to hold her over until she's home and can nurse.<br><br><br><br>
In order to judge if she's getting enough I think you need to look at the whole day, and not just the hours at daycare -- if she's nursing at night and in the mornings and evenings I can't imagine she's not getting quite a bit there.</div>
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I agree. My DS stopped taking bottles completely at 9 months. He chose to just wait until he was with me to nurse. He nursed a lot at those times. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> At daycare he ate food that I made him. Brown rice mushed through the blender, avocado, banana, yogurt etc. I supplied a small bottle of BM but he wouldn't take it. Babies at that age can wait a while until mom shows up with the goods.
 

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I'd try a next step formula (they taste fresher and less metallic) and if that doesn't work I'd mix 2 oz of formula with 4 oz of goat's milk. My dd was a formula fed baby.....after 9 months of expensive hypoallergenic formula that ony made her feel marginally better than the regular formula we switched to raw whole fat goats milk and a vitamin supplement. Voila, no more projectile spit up or inconsolible screaming. We lost our source at around a year so then we switched to toddler formula with a tablespoon of yogurt added. She had that until she was 2 1/2 and we slowly switched to cow's milk by mixing the formula. REMEMBER, you don't add scoops of formula to cow's milk. You mix the formula with water first, then add the cow's milk. I'm sure you allready know that but I had to throw it out there, lol. You probably don't have to do anything different though. I think I'd be glad that she's only drinking 3 oz of formula at a time and is holding out for the good stuff when I pick her up.
 
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