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  • @llli*mama7008's Avatar
    January 14th, 2018, 11:02 PM
    Things have not been going well. I need to wean my 8.5 month old to formula, but not sure how best to go about that to be safe for me (prone to plugs) and allow him to get proper nutrition. When he’s had bottles, he takes 2-2.5oz breastmilk or 3 oz mix - 2oz formula, 1oz breastmilk. I know that seems low, per the LC I saw last week (this was before I decided to go full formula; we were working on mix of pumping and formula); I’m not sure why he only eats that much, but he pushes the bottle away if we try to continue feeding, and he is a very healthy, chunky boy (probably around 26 lbs based on last weight check). I know he’ll need to take a larger volume of formula to get enough calories, and I’m worried he won’t accept that. I had thought to slowly wean him off feeds, dropping one/week, to prevent me getting plugged ducts, but I fear doing it that way, he’ll just want to nurse more at times I offer (specifically waking more at night, and he already wakes every 2hrs at night most nights as it is). I know there are things I can take to help dry up faster (sage?), but if I do that, how will I know baby is adequately fed through bottles if he’s still trying to nurse? Just feeling a little lost and could use any advice I can get. (Also, I am 100% sure about this choice and would prefer not to have to go back through reasons why/what has led us to this point unless it’s applicable information for my questions here).
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    January 18th, 2018, 02:44 AM
    @llli*djs.mom replied to a thread Weaning to formula in Weaning
    24-32oz of breastmilk a day in the normal healthy rage in a 24 hr period. Is there a need for a larger amount of formula in a 24hr period?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    January 16th, 2018, 11:40 PM
    @llli*maddieb replied to a thread Weaning to formula in Weaning
    It is more likely that baby is not hungry again within an hour, but looking to nurse for comfort. What other comfort measures can you try aside nursing? Also, if he really IS hungry, can you just give him more food or formula? I am not sure what scheduling will accomplish- meal scheduling is more about convenience and societal norms than with the way hunger happens or bodies need refueling. My point is, I believe in cue feeding-meaning offering food when it is requested (or it seems to me to be about time) and not expecting a child to eat more or less than they want at a sitting- no matter what it is the child is being fed (food, water, formula or breastmilk.) If you would like to read more about why I say this, I suggest the book My Child Won't Eat. But if you want to schedule nursing at the breast to make sure baby nurses often or regularly enough for you to avoid getting plugs, that makes sense to me.
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  • @llli*mama7008's Avatar
    January 15th, 2018, 11:13 AM
    @llli*mama7008 replied to a thread Weaning to formula in Weaning
    Unfortunately, yes - I keep running into obstacles with pumping (would rather not go into details), and it’s causing more stress than even nursing through pain, so I need to be done. I’m hoping to not be nursing asap, but know because of my tendency toward plugs that I need to be careful. I have ordered sunflower lecithin (per LCs advice) to help avoid plugs, and sage if I feel I need to speed things up. I’ve started feeding him formula at one feeding instead of nursing this week, and so far am not having issues with engorgement or even fullness before I nurse him again. However, he only will take 3oz formula, so he’s hungry again within an hour (and that’s with also having a little solids for breakfast, too). I’m not sure if I need to start nursing him on a schedule and feeding formula on demand instead so as not to allow him to just hold out until he can nurse again. ETA: he only takes one side per nursing session, if that matters.
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    January 15th, 2018, 10:33 AM
    @llli*djs.mom replied to a thread Weaning to formula in Weaning
    2-2.5 oz feeds especially for a baby that is nursing every 2 hours around the clock seems totally normal to me. So as of last week you were still interested in combo feeding your baby and this week you aren't? Exactly how soon are you hoping to be in position where you aren't nursing your baby at all anymore?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    January 13th, 2018, 10:24 PM
    Hi, I am so sorry your client is having this problem. While unusual, this kind of thing has been reported here before. It is very unfortunate. Obviously there are situations where CPS overreaches. It happens. But overall, remember these are people who see the worst of the worst when it comes to child neglect and abuse. And even in many of those cases, CPS tries to not take children away from the family if there are other ways to solve the problem, and when children are taken into custody, eventual family reunification is usually attempted if it is in any way possible. So, it is very unlikely CPS will take away children who are overall healthy, clearly not victims of neglect, but just a little small or gaining slowly. The problem in this case is that if it comes down to a doctor said/parent said situation, that might sway CPS against the parent. But not necessarily. In other words, it is one thing to have CPS called, and quite another to have CPS make the decision to take children away from their parents. By client I assume you are this mom's IBCLC? Midwife? Doula? Anyway, if appropriate, I suggest that you help this mom document everything that she has been doing to solve any breast feeding issues, document every poop, every bottle, every feeding at the breast, etc. and of course also weight checks from the start. Also have contact info for any other doctors involved in the babies care ever. Any people esp. medical professionals who would be familiar with the...
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