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When dropping 1 breastfd how much formula?

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duedec2 Wed 12-Aug-09 06:06:55

I am thinking of beginning to wean (from the breast) my nearly 9-month-old baby and I believe the afternoon feed might be a good one to start with. But how many MLs of formula milk should I put in the bottle? He should be getting 500-600 mls a day, they say - no idea how much he's getting now as entirely breastfed though drinking much less and sitting up twenty times during a feed to see what's going on ... Would offering him 200 mls be too much? - I don't want him to either get hungry or get too much of the less-good stuff.
Part of the reason I want to wean is that he is stillwaking up in the night to feed/get some comfort and I am so very tired I want to stop that - but to do that I need to know he's getting enough milk during the day now that he is a less voracious breast feeder. I work from home so could continue breastfeeding but would like to stop slowly, so that by the time he's one he's not feeding any more. Might stopping one feed dry up my supply?

So , sorry, two questions - how much formula to replace one dropped feed and --- will I still be able to feed him in the morning and at bed time?

THANK YOU and sorry I took so long to get that out x

MamaKaty Wed 12-Aug-09 13:00:21

Duedec; if he should be getting 500-600mls per day then divide that by the number of feeds he currently takes and start with that.
Why not start by offering 150 or 200mls? If he finishes it off then you could either offer him a little more formula, or allow him to top up with baby rice, or breastmilk.

You may feel uncomfortable in the first couple of days but your body will soon adjust and you shouldn't have any problems continuing to feed morning and night. If it becomes incredibly uncomfortable during the missed feeds hand express just enough milk to relieve the pressure - but no more than that, or you'll continue to stimulate production.

You say he is still waking during the night to feed/ for comfort - at this age he no longer needs to feed during the night, offering a bottle of cooled boiled water is adequate. If he does genuinely appear to be hungry then you will need to try and increase his daily intake of milk & solids.

If you think he is waking for comfort, you need to break that habit. Don't pick your child up during the night; go into his room when he cries and just put your hand on his stomach but don't lift him, don't cuddle him and keep as quiet as possible - you'll have to teach him that cuddles and talking are for daytime.

I hope this is helpful - and hope you get a full night's sleep soon!!

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