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January 12th, 2011, 05:16 PM
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Hello! I'm popping in from the breast feeding board. I have a 5 week old son and we strictly breast feed. Although, I will eventually switch to formula.
My question is--- I have a can of formula that is un opened. I would love to give him a bottle of formula in the next day or so to 'try it out' and see if he likes it. BUT- if I don't decide to formula feed for another 3 months.......will the "now open" can of formula still be good in 3 months? ...Do you have to use the "open can" asap or as long as I use it be the Exp date -open or not- ?
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January 12th, 2011, 07:11 PM
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After you open it you should use it within 30days. If breastfeeding is working well for you and baby and you don't plan to formula feed for another few months I would hold off with the formula. I breastfed my DS for a few weeks and when we switched to formula it took him a few bottles for him to like it. Breastmilk is a lot sweeter and thinner then formula. Good luck.
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January 13th, 2011, 05:08 AM
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ditto HMC, it is only good for 1 month once opened I believe, so I would hold off until you are closer to the date when you will start the transition. Congrats on your new little man, he is adorable!!
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January 13th, 2011, 07:19 AM
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It's no good after 30 days.
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January 13th, 2011, 09:04 PM
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Over here (New Zealand) all our formula's say to be used within 28 days of opening
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January 16th, 2011, 04:11 AM
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if it is the bottle you want him to try, pump and try giving him a bottle once in a while to find one that he will take it.

I wouldnt worry about getting him to try formula now. The best suggestion is when you are ready to switch have some milk pumped, make a 5 oz bottle of BM with 1oz formula and the rest BM, do that for 3 days, then every 3 days take away an oz of bm and add one of formula until it is all formula
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