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CAN I ADD MORE WATER TO A ALREADY FIX BOTTLE TO MAKE IT LAST

TRYING TO SAVE THIS MILK UNTIL WENSDAY SO I CAN CASH THIS WIC

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tyquencia

Asked by tyquencia at 5:18 PM on Aug. 30, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • If you mean add more water than what is recommended, NO! That will dilute the milk and baby will NOT get the nutruients that they need.

    It's like starving the child.
    Jademom07

    Answer by Jademom07 at 5:19 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • No, don't do it. A mom in this area did it and the baby didn't get the nourishment he needed. Sad story.
    Bmat

    Answer by Bmat at 5:22 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • NO,NO,NO,NO, your taking nutrient from your child that they need. Like jademom said it is like starving your child. See if you can get money from someone or ask a friend if they have some milk you can have till Wednesday.

    raemommy

    Answer by raemommy at 5:22 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • No. Please no. He is way too young to dilute his formula. If a baby under 6 months receives too much water it can cause seizure. If you have no way to buy formula and no one that will give you a can to get you by, would you consider trying to relactate so you can feed your baby?

    Also, you cannot make a fixed bottle last longer once he's sucked on it. That introduces bacteria into the bottle. A prepared bottle is no good 1 hour after a baby has sucked from it and it is only good for 24 hours in the fridge, once already prepared and that's only if it never touched the baby's mouth.
    ThrivingMom

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 5:23 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • Maybe you could go to a church and ask for help?
    luvsmysonjames

    Answer by luvsmysonjames at 5:25 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • No, that would be like just giving him water instead of formula. It can cause water intoxication and starve him of important nutrients. If you need more formula for this week, try a food bank or womans shelter. If you can't afford to buy your child's formula on a regular basis, have you thought about inducing lactation so that you never have to worry about running out?
    LeanneC

    Answer by LeanneC at 5:25 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • NO!!!! Go to a food pantry... they usually have formula. Sell something, borrow the money, call a shelter....do what you have to feed your child!!! Please!!!!!

    Morgain

    Answer by Morgain at 5:27 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • You're probably ALWAYS overfeeding your baby --most formula fed babies are overfed, because few parents (or healthcare workers) have any idea that there's a right way and a problem way to bottle feed.

    Start by making smaller bottles --put less in. Parents get confused by the measurements on the bottles, and by the size they come, and think that 'a bottle' is related in ANY way to how much a baby needs to eat. I assure you, it's not. Make 3oz bottles. Then, if the baby's finished, there isn't a bottle 3/4 full of valuable 'need to eat it now so it doesn't go bad' food with someone trying to jam it into a baby who doesn't need it.

    Hold the bottle on a shallow angle --so your baby has to suck to draw the food out, rather than 'swallow or drown' which overfeeds. When s/he turns away, believe s/he's done. Even if s/he gets hungry again in 90 minutes, believe that 'that much' was enough then. They should eat often, not lots.
    LindaClement

    Answer by LindaClement at 5:29 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • And this is why I am against formula being distributed to the masses... The argument "At least she's not starving her baby" does not apply when someone has a child, and not enough foresight to requisition proper nourishment for them.

    You do realize that it is NEVER too late to re-lactate and properly feed your child.
    ObbyDobbie

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 6:08 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • No! It says on the can to prepare the bottle exactly as the instructions says. Too much or too little water mixed in the formula can hurt the baby.
    missthang42001

    Answer by missthang42001 at 6:29 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

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