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June 1st, 2006, 03:25 PM
Margarita's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Okay, so everyone knows I'm weaning my baby off the breast, and it's getting better, this morning she took her 10 am bottle with no cries or anything, but I'm concerned with how much she's taken in. So I guess this question is for mommies who have weaned their baby already. She only drinks 60 ml of formula before being full... and then after her 10 am feeding, about 40 minutes after, I feed her oatmeal with apple cereal, but this morning she didn't eat a lot of it. Then before her next nap she had 25ml of baby tea.

So my question I guess is this, when switching over from breast to bottle, did you find that there was a transition period where your baby didn't drink that much formula at first? Because she's used to feeding on demand? Maybe she doesn't eat that much at once? I don't know. I'm kind of worried. If someone could let me know...
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June 2nd, 2006, 04:02 AM
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When you are breastfeeding, you don't REALLY know how much baby is taking in. She could be drinking only a little bit with lots of breaks and suckles, so transitioning into formula and bottles won't always be easy.

Also, when you feed your baby a bottle first and then give her some solid food, she has already had a bottle and the nutrition from it and so she may not be hungry enough to eat a whole bowl of cereal. That takes time as well. When I first started my son this way he might only have had four or five spoonfuls before he was done after a bottle.

I think that it sounds like the transition is going well. Keep an eye on her weight gain, though, and if you feel she isn't gaining weight then you have reason to be concerned. Otherwise, she sounds like a normal healthy baby!!

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