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Old 01-25-2013, 05:40 PM   #1
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Formula at 9 months

Dr needs us to supplement formula with Sophie bc she is very underweight. She hasn't wanted anything to do with it. Recommendations?

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Old 01-25-2013, 05:52 PM   #2
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Try a different formula? I lost my milk at about 8 months and switch to formula, it took a few different bottles and nipples to get it right but we got it. Have you tried it cold vs warm?
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:55 PM   #3
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Maybe pump some breast milk, and try adding formula to it? Perhaps if the bottle tastes like milk, that would help?

My kids never had formula so someone else may know better... just throwing out an idea!
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:09 PM   #4
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Re: Formula at 9 months

You could try a supplemental feeding system. That way she's getting the formula while nursing. She can have both breastmilk and formula simultaneously, or you can pinch the tube to the feeder to cut off the formula if you want her to have breastmilk only (might be a good idea to wait for your breast to empty before releasing the formula so your supply isn't affected). You can find them online for less than $20.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:44 PM   #5
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Re: Formula at 9 months

If the above tips don't work, maybe try a cup instead of a bottle. Some babies just have no interest in bottles at all. Also, have you tried having someone else give her the formula?

I hope you get her to take it soon. We've been through the underweight kiddo thing (he dropped off the chart for months) and it is no fun!
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Old 09-15-2013, 08:23 AM   #6
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Re: Formula at 9 months

Some good tips here! If she'll take a bottle (or drink from a cup or a sippy cup) but doesn't like the taste of the formula, you could make your own. The Weston A. Price Foundation has several recipes for different types of baby formula.

Adding formula to pumped breast milk is also a good way to increase her caloric intake. We did this with our preemie while he was underweight.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:25 AM   #7
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Try the comotomo bottle. It's the only one my lo would take. And we order formula from France; it takes awhile to get but is so worth it. The brand is called Holle.
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Similac Organic! Tastes a little sweeter, similar to breastmilk. I have read a lot of reviews that say breastfeeding infants take to it well. But by 9 mos I would say you could go with increasing her solids if all else fails. Aim for 3 meals of solids a day with 4-6 nursing sessions.
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Oh didn't know they made organic formula!
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:36 AM   #10
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There are actually several brands of organic. Even Walmart (Parent's Choice) is making an organic that's available in some locations.

Some of the others are:

Earth's Best
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