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*Mommy2Remington* January 12th, 2011 05:16 PM

Lurker with a Question
 
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- ?

ZeliaMarie January 12th, 2011 07:11 PM

Re: Lurker with a Question
 
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.

kimmiejo January 13th, 2011 05:08 AM

Re: Lurker with a Question
 
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!!

i:heart:you January 13th, 2011 07:19 AM

Re: Lurker with a Question
 
It's no good after 30 days.

Gaby&Emmy'sMama January 13th, 2011 09:04 PM

Re: Lurker with a Question
 
Over here (New Zealand) all our formula's say to be used within 28 days of opening

LifesGood January 16th, 2011 04:11 AM

Re: Lurker with a Question
 
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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