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What do I do if I want to wean my baby off of formula?

What do I do if I want to wean my baby off of formula?

Gradually or at once: After a baby is 12 months of age, and is eating a variety of baby foods, he can be weaned off formula and start whole cow milk. The weaning can be gradual over a week, in which more and more cow milk is mixed into the liquid formula each day. By the end of the week, the baby's drink will be mostly or all cow milk. Or one can wean suddenly, by making the formula disappear and just offering milk. ...Read more

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Am weaning my 6 week old infant onto formula and he is struggling to poo. Is he constipated?

Am weaning my 6 week old infant onto formula and he is struggling to poo. Is he constipated?

Change pattern: Weaning from breast milk to formula can result in a change in consistency of the stool. If your baby has not had a bowel movement in a few days, I would advise a visit with your pediatrician. The baby's mouth and eyes should be moist. ...Read more

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My infant has had runny seedy poos for three weeks now and cries a lot after feeds. Is it ok to mix/wean soy formula with his milk based formula?

My infant has had runny seedy poos for three weeks now and cries a lot after feeds. Is it ok to mix/wean soy formula with his milk based formula?

See a doctor: If your baby is really fussy after feeding, see your doctor to make sure there is not a problem- infection, not digesting feedings well, allergy to some component of the formula, or other concerns. Don't change the formula without checking with your baby's doctor. ...Read more

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What are some tips for weaning my infant?

What are some tips for weaning my infant?

Gradual: If weaning from breast milk to formula, pumping and mixing the two in a bottle with a gradual increase in the concentration of formula can be helpful. This gradual approach also works for the transition to cows milk after one year of age. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how and when to wean a breast feed infant?

Can you tell me how and when to wean a breast feed infant?

Weaning: Weaning your child is a personal choice,but the American Academy of Pediatrics that you breastfeed for at least a year ...Read more

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My 6 wk infant has had runny seedy green poos since weaning him onto formulae. No fever or blood and isn't vomiting. Would it be safe to try soy?

My 6 wk infant has had runny seedy green poos since weaning him onto formulae. No fever or blood and isn't vomiting. Would it be safe to try soy?

Normal poop: While it is certainly fine to try soy formula, what you are describing is perfectly normal poop for a 6 week old. Their stools are very runny and seedy, and colors range from yellow to green to brown to orange. The colors we don't like are white, red and black. These sound like very healthy, normal poops, so i don't think a formula change is even needed. ...Read more

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How can I balance breastfeeding on demand and weaning my infant off of breast milk?

How can I balance breastfeeding on demand and weaning my infant off of breast milk?

Don't be in a hurry!: The simplest, most natural way to wean is when your child initiates the process, usually around when solids are started. But if you're ready and they're not, try slowly tapering the number of nursing sessions every two or three days by replacing a nursing session with an alternative meal from a bottle/sippy cup/other foods (if ready). With luck, she'll be too busy with new experiences to notice! ...Read more

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My baby is 5 months, and i've decided to start weaning and switch to formula. How many ounces should she get and how often?

My baby is 5 months, and i've decided to start weaning and switch to formula. How many ounces should she get and how often?

It varies a lot: A very general guideline is about 3 oz. Per pound per day. This is very general. Some need more, some need less. ...Read more

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Baby 6mths began weaning from pumped breastmilk. First bottle of formula threw it up 2hrs later. Is this normal?

Baby 6mths began weaning from pumped breastmilk. First bottle of formula threw it up 2hrs later. Is this normal?

Formula: Usually if it is an allergy the formula is immediately vomited and there is often a rash. It may be that a combined administration of formula and breast milk may work better; gradually increasing the amount of formula. All the best. ...Read more