Help be my brain!
DS is 9 months, drinks expressed breastmilk at daycare, 4 ounces every 2 hours, total of 16 ounces. As I wean from the pump, I want to start him on formula (have somewhat of a stash), but am confused about amount of formula to send.
I would like to attempt to give him a straight up formula bottle, no mixing with breastmilk. BUT I know that babies who have formula are drinking much bigger bottles much less frequently (in general). So if I want to replace one of his 4 oz breastmilk bottles, where do I start? Send a 5 ounce formula bottle? Would love to hear your experiences.
I don't think this should be this hard, but I'm pandemic'd out and in busy season at work. Can't think! Thank you!
persimmon / 1385 posts
Oh man, I totally understand covid brain fatigue! Frankly, at this age I don’t really know if it matters. I don’t think there are any hard and fast rules at this point. I’d just replaced what I would usually give with formula. If he downs it and still seems hungry I gave her more. I think you just have to trust your gut based on their behavior and other signals.
As far as daycare goes, if you have to send prepared bottles I’d just start sending the same amount no matter what’s in the bottle. They can figure it out from there and if they think he needs more, they’ll ask.
pomelo / 5257 posts
I switched to formula at daycare/breastmilk at home with my daughter — a little different but starting at seven months I gradually weaned off of pumping, so I pumped twice a day for a few weeks, then once, then at nine months stopped pumping altogether. I just replaced the breastmilk with formula. I also didn’t bother mixing, because she didn’t really care and was fine drinking straight formula. I didn’t change the number of bottles or ounces!
pear / 1718 posts
@BadgerMom: @MrsSCB: Thank you both!