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August 29th, 2006, 02:25 PM
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I have an 8 week old baby girl, and I was following the Babywise method of feeding while I was breastfeeding, and it was going great, but now I have switched to formula and seem to be all backwards. They say that infants can go longer with formula between feedings, but that is not my problem. I used to have to wake her to stop her from going longer than 3 hours between feedings, but now she won't even sleep long enough to go that long. Plus, she has an extra long nap in the evening, and sleeps through the night. I feel like I'll never get back on track!

Has anyone else done the feed-wake-sleep routine with their formula fed infant (after switching from breastfeeding)? If so, what were your experiences with the adjustment?

BTW, my name is Lisa, and I love the Lord! I'm so glad I found this forum!
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August 29th, 2006, 02:43 PM
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Hi Lisa,

We're glad to have you hear. You'll have to do a quick intro so we can get to know you better. As far as your question goes, I have no idea about that. I always just fed my daughter about every 4 hours (except at night when she would sleep for 5 or six). Hopefully some of the other ladies will know about your method and what might be the problem. God bless and congrats on your new baby!
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August 29th, 2006, 02:54 PM
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I am a mom of 3 beautiful children-Justin, 10; Jayben, 6; Jaelynn, 8 wks. God found me and saved me in 2002 from a life that was going nowhere. I moved 500 miles away from my family in 2004 and met my husband and married him, gained a son, and quit my job. I now get to stay home with my kids like I have always dreamed about. That's me in a nutshell.

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August 29th, 2006, 03:41 PM
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Hi. Welcome. I followed the Babywise schedule, NOT the cry it out part though. I can't help with the bottle feeding though I nursed and almost never did formula. I heard they can sleep longer on formula though.
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August 29th, 2006, 04:04 PM
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I am a mom of 3 beautiful children-Justin, 10; Jayben, 6; Jaelynn, 8 wks. God found me and saved me in 2002 from a life that was going nowhere. I moved 500 miles away from my family in 2004 and met my husband and married him, gained a son, and quit my job. I now get to stay home with my kids like I have always dreamed about. That's me in a nutshell.

Oh, and I like Mercy Me, quesadillas and historical fiction.

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Tee hee! Welcome to the board Lisa! I look forward to getting to know you!

I can't really help you too much with teh babywise question; I'm a pretty staunch anti-babywiser. LOL
I might be able to help a little though, how long ago did you switch to formula? Is he irritable when he's not sleeping? You what kind of formula is it?
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August 29th, 2006, 05:35 PM
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I know there are a lot of people against Babywise. She was supplemented from 3 weeks old-6 weeks old, and has been on just formula for about 2 weeks. She is very happy during playtime. She only cries when she has to wait too long while her bottle is warming, and when she's tired-she's not "colicky" at all. Her formula is Enfamil Lipil w/Iron.
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August 29th, 2006, 05:39 PM
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I know there are a lot of people against Babywise. She was supplemented from 3 weeks old-6 weeks old, and has been on just formula for about 2 weeks. She is very happy during playtime. She only cries when she has to wait too long while her bottle is warming, and when she's tired-she's not "colicky" at all. Her formula is Enfamil Lipil w/Iron.[/b]

Is she anemic (sorry, I called her a him )? Maybe try the Enfamil Lipil without the iron? Otherwise, I'm sorry I'm no help . I'm praying for you both and keep us posted (((((hugs))))))
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August 29th, 2006, 10:25 PM
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welcome to CP!

It sounds like she is either not getting enough to eat or she is going through a growth spurt. When they go thru this, they are fussy and always hungry.
that is the only advice I have for you
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August 30th, 2006, 10:54 PM
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Well, your baby is only 8 weeks old, so she might have done the same thing if you had kept nursing. Sometimes we expect our babies to fall into a routine before they are ready I think. I have 5 kids, and some of them I had in a routine in no time (including sleeping through the night), and others didn't respond as well. Sorry, that probably doesn't really help any.
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August 31st, 2006, 12:51 PM
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She's actually doing better-yesterday, she was fairly consistent and ate about every three hours. She took a couple of her naps on my shoulder, where she always sleeps soundly! I think the main problem is the quality of sleep she's getting during her naps, and today so far she is sleeping well. When I went to get her up after three hours of sleeping this morning (!), she was in a deep sleep.

I tend to try to "fix" things as soon as they come up, rather than waiting to see if they work themselves out first.
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September 1st, 2006, 07:13 PM
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I have an 8 week old baby girl, and I was following the Babywise method of feeding while I was breastfeeding, and it was going great, but now I have switched to formula and seem to be all backwards. They say that infants can go longer with formula between feedings, but that is not my problem. I used to have to wake her to stop her from going longer than 3 hours between feedings, but now she won't even sleep long enough to go that long. Plus, she has an extra long nap in the evening, and sleeps through the night. I feel like I'll never get back on track!

Has anyone else done the feed-wake-sleep routine with their formula fed infant (after switching from breastfeeding)? If so, what were your experiences with the adjustment?

BTW, my name is Lisa, and I love the Lord! I'm so glad I found this forum![/b]
What bottle did you use and how long did it take you to transition her?? I am currently trying to transition to a bottle. But I am not going to formula. I am just pumping. I am haveing the HARDEST time trying to get her to take a bottle!!!
Any advice????

Sorry, no help here.. I just need help too!
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September 1st, 2006, 10:07 PM
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She liked the Gerber nipples. She was around 4 weeks, and I just gave her a bottle every once in a while-it took her a little while each time to figure out what was going on, but then once she got the hang of it she did fine. We supplemented for awhile, so it wasn't a hard transition.

I heard a lactation specialist talk about getting a breastfed infant to take a bottle. She said there is a window of opportunity for learning around 4-6 weeks and then again around 12-13 weeks.

I've also heard that you should let someone else feed the baby the first couple times, as she can sense your breasts and would much rather have the real thing. You may even have to leave the house.

Persistence is key. I hope it works for you!

BTW, kudos on pumping! You are such a good mom for your sacrifice to give your baby nature's best!
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September 2nd, 2006, 08:55 AM
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WELCOME LISA!!

I'm Rusha, the slacker cohost that went on vacation, hehe.

I don't know about babywise, but I had to stop breastfeeding Aiden around 3 months and I have been formula feeding ever since, so if you need some help or support on anything there, I am here. PM me!
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