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Any harm in using follow-on milk for occasional feeds for 9month?

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ToBeAChadsman Wed 25-May-16 19:56:29

9mo DD is still breastfed. We're planning on leaving her with PIL for the evening on Saturday and hoping she'll stay asleep but I need to leave some milk just in case she wakes before we're back. Was planning to express but it's been too long and I'm struggling to get more than a drop out, so I guess it's time to try an occasional formula feed.

I want to buy ready made, and with DS I stuck to first milk at this stage, but I'm wondering if it would be less wasteful to buy a bottle of follow on milk so I can reseal it and keep trying DD with it over a couple of days. I know follow on isn't necessary, is just a marketing con, etc, but is there actually any harm in it for an occasional feed?

ToBeAChadsman Wed 25-May-16 19:57:47

Sorry, title should read 9mo - blame autocorrect.

Buggers Wed 25-May-16 20:08:52

Does dd sleep through the night without a feed? I would either keep trying to express or give her the baby formula milk.

ToBeAChadsman Wed 25-May-16 20:21:54

No, she doesn't - what difference does that make?

ToBeAChadsman Wed 25-May-16 20:25:10

I don't have time to keep expressing when there's actually nothing coming out (and I have a baby and a 4yo to look after).

TeaandHobnobs Wed 25-May-16 20:25:38

Can I ask why you think it would be less wasteful to use follow-on rather than first stage? As far as I am aware, I would think they need to be used up in the same amount of time (i.e. you couldn't keep a carton of follow-on milk open longer than first stage milk).
I can't see much (if anything) to be gained from using follow-on rather than first stage, so I'd use first stage.

eurochick Wed 25-May-16 20:40:21

I'm also not sure what the advantage of follow on milk over first milk would be. They come in the same size bottles.

ToBeAChadsman Wed 25-May-16 20:40:25

Because the follow on comes in bottles with lids, rather than cartons like infant milk. But I guess I could seal the cartons. How long is it recommended to keep them in the fridge once open?

Marmite27 Wed 25-May-16 20:42:13

Cow and gate and aptamil first formula come in bottles with lids

ToBeAChadsman Wed 25-May-16 20:42:55

I seem to remember Hipp milk (which I used for DS and I'd prefer to use again given we usually drink organic milk) coming only in cartons for infant milk, but in bottles for follow on. But I haven't looked in the formula aisle for 3 years so please correct me if I'm wrong!

ToBeAChadsman Wed 25-May-16 20:43:41

Thanks Marmite - maybe I'll just try one of those instead then.

AppleAndBlackberry Wed 25-May-16 20:43:45

I think follow on would be fine, I stopped breastfeeding at 10 months with DD1 and switched to those HIPP 500ml bottles which I think is what you're talking about?

ohidoliketobe Wed 25-May-16 20:43:58

You can get first stage formula in the large bottles. From memory they don't last long once opened, 1 or 2 days. You'd be better with cartons or a tub.
If DD has never tried follow on I wouldn't let the first time be Saturday while you're away - I tried the follow on with my FF DS (same brand as 1st stage) and he had an upset stomach for a few days

dementedpixie Wed 25-May-16 20:44:10

You can get first stage formula in 1 litre bottles too

dementedpixie Wed 25-May-16 20:45:46

Once opened and kept in the fridge the 1 litre bottles are OK for 48 hours. I think the smaller cartons are only ok once opened for 24 hours

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Wed 25-May-16 20:48:41

The follow on milk is suitable from 6 months onwards isn't it?

GoldPlatedBacon Wed 25-May-16 20:49:27

I hope not! I have to leave my 10 month old this overnight this weekend and I've never been a prolific expresser. I have some breast milk but not sure if it's enough so I've bought 3 bottles of aptamil as a back up.

The aptamil follow on in my cupboard says it needs to be used or thrown away within 24 hours. if she doesn't use it I was planning on putting it in her porridge over a couple of days.

BertieBotts Wed 25-May-16 20:49:59

Do you mean the 1 year+ formula? I would not use that. But the 6 month + stuff would be perfectly fine. There is nothing wrong with follow on, it's not that dissimilar from first milk.

dementedpixie Wed 25-May-16 21:00:52

Follow on is a bit harder to digest and has more iron in it than first milk so can cause constipation. I would probably say to try first milk as it is whey based rather than casein based like follow on milk

ToBeAChadsman Wed 25-May-16 21:06:02

Thanks demented and ohidoliketobe - that's the sort of thing I was wondering about. I'll stick to first milk then. (And I'll try it a couple of times before Saturday too.)

And thanks everyone else for the info about bottle sizes and how long they'll keep.

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