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    Default Re: baby taking 20 oz formula per day--help!

    It can be done! My sister was 6 months old and on a 100% formula diet. My Mom had no milk left. Merely by putting my sis to the breast before offering formula, she was able to unwean her, phase out the formula, and nurse for 18 months!
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    yes many people have but you have to trust your body. no need to force the bottle on baby after nursing. Put baby to the breast as much as possible, count diaper output and trust your body. It's not gonna work if you are always offering formula for every perceived hunger cue.
    Mommy to Maxwell 10-9-07 weaned with love (a party and a remote control monster truck) on his 4th birthday
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    nosupermom: congratulations! you must have a lot of dedication, esp. with two other kids to take care of! thanks for the encouragement!

    momma!: that's encouraging too, thanks!

    jenna562: i've def been forcing the bottle--i have to, to an extent, because he does need to eat--but I'll try not to do it as much and see how it goes. Do you know if the baby should have a bowel movement everyday?
    Last edited by @llli*gradstud; November 21st, 2010 at 10:07 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*gradstud View Post
    Do you know if the baby should have a bowel movement everyday?
    not neccesarily. all babies are different. make sure wets are good. otherwise, unless your lo is crying when making a bm, or there is blood in his diaper, don't fret. some babies only go once or twice a week!
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    hey mama--have a look at those links with expert advice from KellyMom!
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    Default Re: baby taking 20 oz formula per day--help!

    Hey there! You already got great advice, but I just wanted to let you know that I'm going through something similar right now as my son (5 weeks) was mostly drinking formula (about 24 oz a day!) a week and a half ago and I'm trying to get that eliminated or at least under 10 oz if I can. Right now it's around 17 oz. Just keep hanging in there- we can do this!

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    Default Re: baby taking 20 oz formula per day--help!

    use an SNS, mama! supplementing using an SNS offers many benefits:

    1/ baby receives all "food" at the breast --> lower risk of nipple preference
    2/ baby sucks at the breast even when he's really drinking from the supplementer --> more stimulation for your breasts to make more milk. if you want you can pump afterwards for 8-10 mins for even more stimulation
    3/ when baby is sucking at the breast to drink from the SNS he is also getting whatever (even if just a few drops) mill is in your breasts --> more thorough drainage of the breasts promotes faster milk production

    if you do pump after/in between feedings (which I think you should) offer baby whatever you get in the supplementer BEFORE the formula.

    I used the SNS when I had to supplement my baby because of low supply and suckling problems and I believe it helped immensely. I got my pretty low supply (to the point my baby was refusing to nurse and dropping weight) back after several weeks using very little formula. it was hard, but I did it. so I believe you can do it too!
    Last edited by @llli*irismom; December 22nd, 2010 at 01:30 PM.


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    We are down to 11 oz! Not easy--I feel like I'm feeding all the time--but we're getting there! Thanks for the advice, and happy holidays!

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    keep up the good work Mama!
    Mommy to Maxwell 10-9-07 weaned with love (a party and a remote control monster truck) on his 4th birthday
    My Boy 3-16-10
    And my sweet pea Sam 2-12-11

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    Default Re: baby taking 20 oz formula per day--help!

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*gradstud View Post
    We are down to 11 oz! Not easy--I feel like I'm feeding all the time--but we're getting there! Thanks for the advice, and happy holidays!
    Hi, I'm Faith, a Wife, Mom, Stepmom and SAHM
    I married my best friend Rodney on October 17, 2009
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    DS2 Ethan Born May 18, 2009 Nursed 2 years 7 months & 2 days
    DSS1 Benjamin Born September 24, 1989

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