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Comfort formula and introducing -your experiences please

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Holscrafty Mon 29-Dec-14 10:08:05

My LO has been feed on a comfort formula since 8 weeks which he is happy on. It is nearly time to start weaning and am weighing up follow-on milk or continuing with the comfort feed which is suiting him.
Anyone have any experience of comfort v follow-on formula that they could share?

Holscrafty Tue 30-Dec-14 15:29:09

Anyone?

CornishYarg Tue 30-Dec-14 17:27:21

We never used comfort milk so no direct experience. But we did stick with first milk until a year, rather than switching to follow on. I figured as DS was happy with it, why change things?

Follow on milk isn't necessary as it really only exists because it can be advertised unlike first milk. (Not sure if it's true but I read that in countries that allow first milk to be advertised, follow on milk doesn't exist!) The only advantage to it is it can be cheaper as it can be included in offers, and you can earn reward points on it.

Holscrafty Tue 30-Dec-14 20:19:24

Thank you, Cornish.

AmandaTanen Tue 30-Dec-14 21:10:35

We stuck with the comfort formula, and just made the switch to cows milk when LO became one.

Holscrafty Wed 31-Dec-14 15:03:52

I have read that it can cause babies to poo 6/7 tones per day when combined with solids -did you experience this Amanda?

Holscrafty Wed 31-Dec-14 15:04:11

*times!

Petallic Wed 31-Dec-14 15:16:05

I didn't bother with comfort milk once we were well into weaning as I figured the food was doing the job of helping keep everything down instead. It wasn't a conscious decision, I think we just ran out and I didn't replace. Plus by then dd was off the Gaviscon/omeprazole so she had grown out of it. I don't know if that's useful advice of your DC is still suffering with reflux though.

I used follow on milk with DC1 but DC2 went from comfort >>normal milk at about 9/10months which thinking about it probably isn't guidelines!

Chunderella Sat 03-Jan-15 09:47:40

I've no experience of using comfort milk, but follow on milk contains a lot of iron which doesn't suit all babies. It can cause constipation and also suppress the appetite, which isn't what you want when they're going onto solids.

butterfly86 Sat 03-Jan-15 10:43:17

Dd has been on comfort milk since 5 weeks old we are about a month in to weaning and have kept her on it, hv said to keep her on it for now as solis food is a big change so do 1 thing at a time, I'm pleased she's still on it to be honest as we've had a few episodes of constipation since starting food which would have probably been worse without it. It is fine to keep them on it until a year anyway if you wanted to.

Holscrafty Sat 03-Jan-15 21:00:01

Good to know, thanks Butterfly.

Holscrafty Sat 03-Jan-15 21:01:24

Chunderella, thanks for info about the iron...hadn't thought about that!

BotBotticelli Tue 06-Jan-15 16:45:16

Yes DS was on comfort milk for colic from around 4 weeks old. I didn't think to change his milk wen I started weaning. Then I went to the HV in a right state saying oh god he is pooing 7 times a day and she said, er, take him off the comfort milk! Apparently it's not intended for weaning babies? As soon as I swapped him back to normal first milk, his bowels stabilised again.

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