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    Default Need to shift to formula- how?

    Hi all,
    My 7 month old son was EBF up until 5 months and now is on BM and solids. Unfortunately, I have to abruptly stop breastfeeding as of today. I am devastated, but beyond that, I have no idea how to shift to formula. I was not expecting this, so I only have about a day's worth of expressed breastmilk stored in the freezer. After 7 months with only breastmilk and limited solids, will an abrupt shift to formula upset his tummy? Should I try to mix formula and breastmilk in increasing increments to get him used to it?

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    Wow...that's tough. That sounds like a major hit to his system. I think weaning as gently as possible would be easiest on him. If I were in your situation I'd mix it like you stated.

    Will you be able to start BFing up again?
    Mother - Wife - Artist - Cook - Writer - EnvironMENTAList - Cloth Diaperer (but we are soooo done with diapers) - Organic Health Nut...I'm sure there's more.

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    DD2 - 8/6/07 Breastfed for 3 whole years and 3 little, extra days.

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    I agree with PP...gradually is probably best. I'm assuming this is doctor ordered...have you asked for a second opinion? Maybe from a Lactation Consultant?
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    Yeah, doctor ordered, but this is one of those situations where I have to go with the physician. I was stuck with a contaminated needle at work and need to go on HIV prophylactic meds for the next 30 days. And, while the risk is extraordinarily low that I was actually infected, I don't want to risk HIV transmission through my breastmilk.

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    What a tough situation!

    Do you know if you will be allowed to resume breastfeeding after you've completed the course of drugs? Or do you need to wait for the results of future test results?
    Lynn
    DS1: bf 7/2006 -> 4/2009; multiple food allergies
    DS2: bf 9/2009 -> ???
    ; multiple food allergies
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    That's horrible! To say the least!!! How scary for you and your family!

    ETA: Do you have some kind of support to help you through this? The ladies here are mostly here to help with BFing support, I wish I had more to offer!
    Mother - Wife - Artist - Cook - Writer - EnvironMENTAList - Cloth Diaperer (but we are soooo done with diapers) - Organic Health Nut...I'm sure there's more.

    DD1 - 12/15/05 Breastfed for 16.5 months
    DD2 - 8/6/07 Breastfed for 3 whole years and 3 little, extra days.

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    I'm so sorry!! Are you planning on returning to breastfeeding after the 30 days?


    Jeanne (my middle name IRL)


    Mommy to two girls (M & M), born Sept. '07 and Sept. '09

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    Wow thats rough.

    There is some evidence on scalding breast milk to reduce risk of transmission through bm. Would you be interested in reading it?

    I can understand your fears. It may be best to follow your Dr.s orders in this case.
    How much milk are you removing now? You want to make sure you ease off so that you don't become impacted and develop mastitis or a blocked duct,

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    sorry what a stressfull time!
    Have you talked to your local leader?
    She would be able to help beter over the phone then we can on-line.

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