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BF/FF Question..

If you BF can you give a formula bottle instead of breast milk if the baby is staying at the grandmothers house overnight, then go back to BF when she gets home? or is it not good to switch around like that?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:44 PM on Aug. 6, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • yes you can. Why can't you just pump and freeze and take those to Grandmas?

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 2:46 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • It depends. Some kids can..some kids can't. Most people prefer to stick to BM and not ever bother with formula. And some pump.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 2:46 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • i did. as long as the baby will take it i dont see anything wrong with it.

    Answer by jennifer588 at 2:46 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • Of course! Do what you need to mama.

    Answer by mompam at 2:46 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • yes you can

    Answer by DarkFaery131 at 2:47 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • You can, but it's best if you can express or pump some breastmilk to send along instead. Either way, you *MUST* pump while your baby is gone or your supply will go down. Don't get into the habit of not pumping when your baby isn't with you or you could lose your supply over time.

    Answer by WLJ23 at 2:52 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • Yes you can, there shouldn't be a problem. But you can always pump if you have one so that you don't have to give your baby formula.

    Answer by cynprz at 3:19 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • You can try, but you can also pump some breast milk and freeze it, Just make sure you pump while away from baby, to keep your supply up.

    Answer by PoisonousBlonde at 3:22 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • You can if the baby will take it. Some babies don't, they don't like the smell, or the taste, or the bottle. Some also have upset tummies after. Pumping would be better if you can, but if not, formula for one night should be okay. You'll definitely want to pump or express if you're going to miss what would be several feeds; both for your supply and for comfort.

    Answer by preacherskid at 3:43 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • Anything other than breastmilk interferes forever with their gut's ability to absorb iron. That is anything your baby's been given other than breastmilk, even way back when in the hospital (so the damage may have already been done)...

    Formula is not a living fluid, keyed to meet your baby's actual needs today, with live immune properties and a perfect balance of nutrients, fats and sugars. It's a poor second choice, but nowhere near as poor a choice as coffee, white sugar and oreo cookies (the 'donated' food one orphan I met from Romania ate her whole infancy)... if it's necessary, it's not the end of the world, but it's a lot less than ideal.

    It would be better, for your baby, if you had no reason to leave grandma in charge. If that's not possible, your freshly pumped milk is the best choice and formula is better than starving -- or pop and chips.

    Answer by LindaClement at 3:49 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

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