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Transitioning to Formula & DC

So we're about to transition to formula after 6.5 months of EPing - I'm very relieved. I exclusively FF with my oldest (now 2) and this pumping crap is for the birds, so I'm excited to go back to my friend formula.

The problem I foresee right now with DD, though, is knowing how much to feed and how to send bottles to DC when DD drinks odd amounts. It's just very difficult to tell how much she's going to take in a feed.

Right now I send 4, 4 oz bottles to DC and she usually goes through 3.5-all 4 of them or so.

But her actual individual feeds are all over the place. For instance, yesterday she ate 4 oz, 2 oz, 6 oz, then 3 oz while at DC. Other days it might be 3,2,4,2,3 or any other combination.

My DC will allow us to do whatever we want. We can premix bottles, send bottles with water and they add powder, or just keep water there and add powder r use their sink water and just keep powder there. Or whatever else we decide we want to do. They have a small "dorm sized" fridge where they keep the baby's food/BM/whatever.

How would ya'll send formula in this situation to minimize waste?

(DS was never this hard, he normally was on a predictable eating schedule and stuck with it, maybe b/c we unconsciously encouraged it since it was costing money? I don't know, but he was totally different than DD on the eating front).


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Re: Transitioning to Formula & DC

  • I'll have to look at those jugs-like the doctor brown ones? I had never heard of that until I read about it on here today. I can e how that would be best bc they have the option of guessing based in what she did on the prior feed. Each kid had their names in an area of their names in an area of the fridge and it's kind of narrow. I know they will work with me though.

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  • I'd go for the pitcher as well.  Then they can make a bottle and keep adding more if she needs more.  If the pitcher doesn't work for some reason, I would send the powder and ask them to make a smaller bottle (2-3 oz) and then make more as needed. 
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  • coffee89coffee89 member
    edited October 2014
    I have one of those "blender bottles" that has a metal coil in them that you shake, I think mine holds about 20oz. If I'll be leaving the baby home with DH, or I'm having a busy day at home I'll mix up a days worth of bottles in there and keep it in the fridge, pouring as needed.

    Plus if LO doesn't eat it all, it can come home with you for evening feeding.
    BFP: July 2013 M/C August 5, 2013
    BFP: October 22, 2013 EDD: June 21, 2014
    Baby boy arrived June 23, 2014

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