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buildingafootieteam Sat 23-Jan-16 09:26:02

Right I'm not promoting FF dissing BF or anything, I'm weaning ds3 (slowly) from BF to FF as he I very attached to me and I need to get him ready for me not being around when I go back to work by leaving him with DH, DM, MIL etc for a bit. Never used FOM for other DC so no experience with it but in supermarket yesterday I paid €13.49 for first milk. However if I bought the FOM I can get it when it's on special and get points for my shopping etc. Also can get FOM in aldi where I do most of my shopping. Is there a significant difference between the two milks? Am I over thinking things (again)????

TheCatsMeow Sat 23-Jan-16 09:27:22

There's nothing wrong with it, people will insist you should use first milk though.

Wardrobespierre Sat 23-Jan-16 09:28:02

Depends on age.

Birdsgottafly Sat 23-Jan-16 09:28:36

How old is he?

Wardrobespierre Sat 23-Jan-16 09:29:15

The added iron and gubbins can be harsh for a little baby's stomach. If older, as long as it's tolerated then it's fine.

ghostyslovesheep Sat 23-Jan-16 09:30:15

totally depends on his age

Branleuse Sat 23-Jan-16 09:35:45

its all pretty much the same. Follow-on has better special offers, but people are against it for political reasons

Shirkingfromhome Sat 23-Jan-16 09:39:12

Nutritionally first-stage formula is best up until 12 months. Follow-on milk has no nutritional advantage and is not as stringently tested (for sugars, etc.,) as first-stage formula. If your baby is over 12 months then cows milk is recommended above follow-on milk. There's a big campaign against the marketing of follow-on milk (points / discounts). You can read more here if you are interested.

I FF and just used stage 1 until I could switch to cows milk.

buildingafootieteam Sat 23-Jan-16 09:39:13

Sorry thought I put it in OP that he's over 6 months. I'm on unpaid and seriously counting the pennies so that's influencing my decision. Also ds has had 1 formula bottle a day from about 1 month

Birdsgottafly Sat 23-Jan-16 09:43:41

For under 1's the nutrition isn't as good as them being on Stage 1 Formula.

Can't you make a few € savings anywhere else in your budget, for a few months?

Blueprintorange Sat 23-Jan-16 09:48:55

Follow on milk is fine, SMA certainly had the same ingredients as the first stage milk a couple of years ago.

Branleuse Sat 23-Jan-16 09:49:11

just do it. Baby will be absolutely fine. Save your money where you can

Sleepyfergus Sat 23-Jan-16 10:34:02

Could you use for USA for daytime feeds and still BF for first morning feed and night time feeds? I did that with both DC and it was worked fine and not as expensive as switching to formula for all feeds. Then the minute he turns 1, just move into full fat cows milk (blue top).

Sleepyfergus Sat 23-Jan-16 10:34:26

For USA = formula

Barmaid101 Sat 23-Jan-16 11:34:02

Follow on milk will be fine, it is almost the same as first milk but just altered ever so slightly to then be allowed to be advertised.

DisappointedOne Sat 23-Jan-16 11:56:39

Wouldn't changing the BF pattern be simpler/cheaper than switching to FF? A friend had a child that just fed more in the evening to compensate for no feeds after early morning when she returned to work. Baby won't suffer if you make the adjustment subtlety a few days at a time.

carltonscroop Sat 23-Jan-16 12:07:29

As he's over six months, go for it as it's likely to be cheaper.

That is the only thing it's got going in its favour.

(It's not so long ago that the guidelines said it was ok to go to cow's milk at 6 months. Though thinking about it, the DC I know who were on those guidelines are now mid/late 20s. Where did all the time go!)

bumbleymummy Sat 23-Jan-16 12:18:41

I was going to say the same as Disappointed. A lot of my friends returned to work while still BF and their babies just changed their feeding pattern. Some of my friends expressed during the day and left a bottle of expressed milk while other babies were happy to just have food and water in a sippy cup during the day and just feed when their mum got home.

BlackeyedShepherdsbringsheep Sat 23-Jan-16 12:23:37

you can feed in the evening. ds managed to keep a supply going by feeding only twice a day. (morning and evening.)for ages. he had formula as well. normal meals for his age.

depending on how old you could try giving the milk in a sippy cup as swapping from bootle to cup is a complete and utter faff.

tobysmum77 Sat 23-Jan-16 14:09:00

Yanbu, that's why I switched with dd2. The ingredients were exactly the same with sma, just a little bit more iron as they have less after 6m (some people say this causes constipation but I didn't have a problem).

There is no need to switch but follow on milk is fine for babies older than 6 months

tinyterrors Sat 23-Jan-16 18:29:12

All of mine switched to follow on milk at about 6 months. They were all fine with it. I wanted to switch to follow on milk for the extra iron as by about 6 months their stores of iron start to deplete.

buildingafootieteam Sat 23-Jan-16 19:12:51

Thanks all. It's less the feeding issue and more the needing to start leaving him with other people at this stage and that's why I want to switch. I've tried expressing but I get very little out of it, about 3 oz a night is all, my stock would be gone in no time. Tried all the tricks to go with it too.

Whatdoidohelp Sat 23-Jan-16 19:15:16

No, he needs stage 1. Scrimping to save pennies on formula is not what you should be doing, there must be somewhere else in the budget you save a couple of quid. The nutritional content differs between the stages, do not compromise his health for boots points or a couple of quid.

DisappointedOne Sat 23-Jan-16 19:15:43

No need to switch. Just start leaving him with others for short periods and then extend them by 30 mins at a time. He may be hungry when you get home but you just feed him then.

TheCatsMeow Sat 23-Jan-16 19:20:12

what her baby is over 6 months.

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