March 2017 Moms

Bottle & Formula Feeding Tips/Tricks/Questions

I know there aren't as many of us, but wanted to start a thread for bottle and formula questions/tips/tricks. Anyone running into problems or have any questions??
Alex
married to M since 6.13.09
T - 3.3.14
A - 2.24.17

Re: Bottle & Formula Feeding Tips/Tricks/Questions

  • We switched Atti from Similac to Similac Sensitive after day 1 when we saw reflux was an issue, and we'd been using it until a few days ago.. for some reason he got really constipated and was just passing poo that was more like play-doh. So we switched to Gentlease, and after some initial gas pain he seems better? Though his toots have gone from odorless to could-clear-a-room. 

    Anyone else buy a Baby Brezza Formula Pro? Got one on clearance at Target, but after our constipation issues I'm really worried it wasn't distributing the right amount of water/formula, so we're basically using it as a water warmer now.  :/
    Alex
    married to M since 6.13.09
    T - 3.3.14
    A - 2.24.17
  • Got a Baby Brezza, use with Dr Brown bottles. I tried Phillips amd that was not so good 
  • I'm trying to find a good way to slow the flow in my boobs.  And today been having serious headache, is that associated with the breastfeeding halt or is it something else?
  • @datalover13 I am actually headed to the store to
    buy the Baby Brezza after our 2pm feeding!! A twin mom friend of mine swears by it. I read in some reviews that parents put plastic wrap under where the formula drops in and then weighed it to make sure that the calibration was correct. You could try that?

    My boys have been taking Enfamil Gentlease for the last 2 weeks and they have been much less cranky. They were on similac at the hospital, then similac for supplementing, then Neosure for preemies, then Enfamil newborn before landing on Enfamil Gentlease.

    I noticed that Enfamil seems to dissolve a LOT better than the similac. I found myself having to shake similac bottles FOREVVVER.

    Tips:
    - Don't be afraid to tell the pedi that you are formula feeding! They get so many free containers from the formula companies and chances are they have plenty to spare. They gave me two CASES at their 1 month appointment. They also were helpful in giving different types so we could try a bunch out before deciding on the one the boys tolerated the best!
    - Dr Brown bottles!!! They are a pain to clean but my guys are so much less gassy, fewer spit up incidents. Babies R Us is always giving away holiday ones if you spend $25 or more so you can end up with quite a few for free throughout the year! They also do preemie nipples which was awesome when my guys were itty bitty.
    datalover13
  • Day 4 of no milk (or colostrum) in my stubborn attempts to breastfeed. I had tumors removed from my breasts years ago so they think this has affected my body's ability to produce breast milk. I'm still pumping (all with zero results) in hopes it will still stimulate something, but in the meantime we are relying on similar in Dr. Brown's bottles with the anti colic. All other bottles just don't flow correctly for my little one and she ends up with too much milk and choking on it. If your dr. Brown's bottle nipples are flowing too fast, try out the preemie nipples - they are amazing! 
    datalover13
  • @JustAnotherUsername16 Sorry to hear that you're having issues breastfeeding. I know that it can be super emotional if you had planned on breastfeeding and have to resort to formula. 

    Let me know if you need/want to talk about it.
    JustAnotherUsername16
  • Sending you creepy internet hugs @JustAnotherUsername16 ❤ 


    JustAnotherUsername16
  • @JustAnotherUsername16 I feel ya on the breastfeeding. I pumped nearly every two hours and it took like 4 days before I got anything other than one or two tiny drops. I'm 16dpp and only get maybe 2 ounces total per 30 minute pump session. Ugh, so frustrating, especially when I have 3 babies to feed! I'd definitely suggest the old wives tales: oatmeal and some sort of fenugreek.
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  • @JustAnotherUsername16 I'm right there with you on the breastfeeding issues. I had a supply issue with my son so I have everything under the sun in my arsenal to try and get this going in the right direction. All the herbs, mothers milk tea, brewers yeast, lactation cookies, domperidone, a hospital grade pump.... And I'm still barely producing. So I have been topping her up with formula, which I had been prepared for being a possibility. She's full and happy and that's my main concern :)  


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  • Is anybody else having issues with Philips Avent bottles? My son seems to be having trouble latching onto the nipples at the start of feedings. Once he does manage to, he seems to want to suck on them but not swallow the formula he gets out. I have to constantly stop him so that he takes the time to swallow. 

    I don't mind him not just gulping down formula, but what do I do about the swallowing issue? Do I just continue doing what I am and hope it gets better as he gets older? He's only been using these bottles for a couple of days.
  • How long should it be taking to finish a couple ounces of formula? I'm using Dr Brown's and I'm considering switching to the preemie nipple, just to slow down the consumption rate.  I swear she can finish 2 oz in 5-7 minutes and that's feeding every 3 hours (doctor's orders, since she lost too much weight at her first appointment and we are trying to bulk her up)
    Me: 36  DH: 35.
    Married: 8/2005.
    BFP: 6/22/2016 EDD: 3/4/2017.
  • @ShannonJ96 Every time I used Phillips Avent, I had major spit up, switched to Dr Brown, ever since just minor spit up that every baby has.  

    Anyone's baby at some feedings, eats a lot and other feedings slightly less?  I tried pushing for him to eat the larger amount at one of the lesser feedings, but he just wouldn't. Is his appetite larger at certain hours?
  • Heads up for anyone using Baby Brezza, when you turn it on, it takes forever to get to right temperature.  For night feedings I just leave it on, so it stays at right temp.
    datalover13
  • @disneybaby84
    I haven't had issues with that personally, but the pediatrician at the hospital told me that it could happen and is completely normal so long as your baby doesn't lose weight because of it.

    As for the Philips bottles, I haven't had a tremendous amount of trouble with spit up. What goes down mostly tends to stay down. Although there was a pretty impressive projectile vomiting incident last night. 
    disneybaby84
  • Heads up for anyone using Baby Brezza, when you turn it on, it takes forever to get to right temperature.  For night feedings I just leave it on, so it stays at right temp.
    We actually just leave ours on all the time. I take the lid off the water container once a day or so for awhile when I'm not cooking so mold won't build up. I think once little's tummy is settled with the right formula, we'll try the formula part of the Brezza again. Even having it as a hot water holder is nice though.
    Alex
    married to M since 6.13.09
    T - 3.3.14
    A - 2.24.17
    disneybaby84
  • peony2418 said:
    How long should it be taking to finish a couple ounces of formula? I'm using Dr Brown's and I'm considering switching to the preemie nipple, just to slow down the consumption rate.  I swear she can finish 2 oz in 5-7 minutes and that's feeding every 3 hours (doctor's orders, since she lost too much weight at her first appointment and we are trying to bulk her up)
    DS is particularly sleepy, but it takes him 15-20 minutes to drink 2.5 oz every 3 hours. I'd say as long as she's not spitting up a lot or acting like she's struggling, you're probably good.
    Alex
    married to M since 6.13.09
    T - 3.3.14
    A - 2.24.17
    hippiemama
  • I'm trying to find a good way to slow the flow in my boobs.  And today been having serious headache, is that associated with the breastfeeding halt or is it something else?
    I was experiencing headaches as well and my OB said it could be caused by my hormones. They subsided already. Headaches can also be associated with lack of sleep. 
    disneybaby84
  • Thanks @datalover13!  Hard to know what's "normal" when it's all new!  LOL!
    Me: 36  DH: 35.
    Married: 8/2005.
    BFP: 6/22/2016 EDD: 3/4/2017.
    datalover13
  • I suppose this could go in the deals thread, but target has a promo going on baby stuff. Spend $75 and get a $20 gift card. Eligible items are formula, diapers, wipes. 

    If if you have coupons and rebate checks you can use them to bring your total down. The rebate checks say you can only use 1 per transaction, but they don't check. They let me use 3 on one transaction.

    I'm cloth diapering, but seems like an awesome deal, and there are a bunch of cartwheel diaper coupons, too!
    disneybaby84datalover13longliveregina
  • my baby seems to have some feedings that go on forever and then others that are not as lengthy.  Anyone else? Is this normal?
  • My one guy is all business and eats, burps, and falls asleep.

    The little one is a wild man. He is ravenous at first, then mellows out, and sometimes the feedings go on Forrrrrr evvvvv errrrr. Sometimes 15-20 min... other times it's almost an hour! Other times he starts eating and is not interested at all and then gets interested after I burp him a couple times. Not sure if this is normal or not.
    disneybaby84datalover13
  • @direwolfmini yuuuppp that's gods way of showing you gave birth to opposites
    Me: 32 DH: 34
    Baby #1 - January 2010
    Baby #2 - March 2017

     
    direwolfminiAandDM2014
  • Ahhh it erased most of my answer!!! I think your boys are just showing off their different personalities - it starts so early. 
    Me: 32 DH: 34
    Baby #1 - January 2010
    Baby #2 - March 2017

     
    direwolfmini
  • @disneybaby84 I am not sure about formula eaters, but that is normal for kiddos who nurse. 
    BabyFruit Ticker
  • Just had a good timely feeding, he's turning a month tomorrow so I'm thinking now he's getting older he might be improving. Also I think on the long ones maybe he didn't like the formula.
  • m6aguam6agua member
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    *Lurking from November 2016*

    For those of you supplementing while waiting for your "milk to come in" days later, or can only get a little bit out after a lot of work, check out noteveryonecanbreastfeed.com

    I tried to breastfeed for the first week, LO was constantly at my boob, I was pumping basically nothing, and she wasn't producing that many wet diapers. Turns out I am part of the 5% who have IGT, I saw a lactation consultant, she asked if my boobs changes in pregnancy (they did not) and she did a weighted feed and observed me to tell me that I needed to feed my baby formula.

    I'm not saying this is everyone, but after reading what a few of you said it wouldn't hurt to look into it.

    On another note I am a Dr. Browns user too. We have the options version. With the 4 oz size we had a lot of issues with leaking and still do a little with the 8 oz size. But not bad enough to switch to a different bottle. Also I recommend the Dr. Browns formula mixer (32oz) if you aren't doing the Baby Breeza. I mix up a bunch of bottles and keep them in the fridge. From day one I just gave LO the cold bottle to see if she would take it and she does. That means no warming bottles!
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    • BFP: 3/10/16 — Baby Girl born 11/20/16

    datalover13JustAnotherUsername16longliveregina
  • @m6agua Thanks for dropping in. It is a good reminder that not everyone can breastfeed, and that's ok. Sometimes that message gets lost with the "breast is best" agenda. Some lactivists will go as far as to argue that fed is not best... seriously...

    I (most likely) have IGT. Per the last LC I saw it is pretty much guaranteed. I have all of the physical markers and can only get about 12 oz a day (on the high end for IGT) I've decided to hybrid feed my twins. It works out to about 75% formula 20% or so pumped breast milk, and 5% nursing. I was heartbroken at first, but now I've come to terms with it, and you know what? When I accepted that they would never be exclusively breastfed my production actually increased by a couple of ounces! Stress really can affect supply!

    I like the dr browns formula pitcher, too! It is really easy to whip up a batch of formula and leave in the fridge. The only thing I didn't like was having to warm the formula up.
    m6aguadatalover13longliveregina
  • m6aguam6agua member
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    @direwolfmini 12 oz, thats awesome! I am on the low side of IGT. The pump didn't do much and I could only ever hand express about 10 mL at the most. I decided on 100% formula because trying so hard for that little was not worth the stress! She was 1 week and 1 day when I made the decision. Occasionally I will "leak" and I can hand express and get just the same small amount if I want. I did it the other day only so I could have some to put on her cradle cap. I'm glad I have the knowledge for my next pregnancy but still am still sad once in a while that its not in the cards for me.
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    TTC#1 July 2015 
    • BFP: 9/16/15 — MC: 11/8/15 Blighted Ovum
    • BFP: 3/10/16 — Baby Girl born 11/20/16

    direwolfmini
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