Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Michelle | 2011/07/26


4 month refuses formula

Dear doc

My 4 and a half month daughter is exclusively breastfed. I have started her on 1 tsp cerelac and purity veg or fruit morning and afternoon.
I am due back at work on the 15 August and my nightmare is that she wont accept any formula. I have purchased every bottle on the market so far. She has doubled her birth weight by 14 weeks, so she has gained nicely.
I am worried that when i go back to work and she goes to creche, she is not going to have enough nutrients throughout the day. I am going to continue breastfeeding in the morning and throughout the evening, so as to ensure she gets enough milk in.
Any advice?
thnks so much

Expert's Reply



This is a difficult but rather common problem. Your baby is thriving on breastmilk and won't take any formula and you have tried many formulas already.You can try one more formula and that is NAN Pelargon. If she won't take this formula it will be best to give your baby expressed breast milk for the time she is at the creche.

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Posted by: Racoon | 2011/07/28

Hi Michelle

There is a simple strategy to follow that will ensure that she will drink the formula. You will need to express you breastmilk, and then add increasing bits of formula to it. I usually start with only about one fifth formula and the rest breastmilk, then a day or 2 later, one quarter, then one third, then half, etc. This has worked with all three my babies. Watch our for constipation though. You could also express at work and send it to creche? thats ofcourse if your work environment allows it. I have my own office, so I did that from 4 months to about 10 months age with my kids. If you baby is fussy about the bottle, the breastmilk in it will make it much more appetizing. Good luck there!

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Posted by: Michelle | 2011/07/27

Thanks doc...what happens if she refuses breast milk from the bootle or cup? sigh!

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