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How many ounces per bottle if switching to formula. ON topic. Thanks. *EDIT*

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Well, my daughter is 8 months and is able to feed herself bottles now.  I'm ready to wean from nursing and pumping.   I'm not going to give any lame excuses on why I'm doing it.  The truth is, I want my life back.  Yes, I know I will be washing more bottles than ever, yada, yada, yada. I've already weighed the pros and cons, but feel free to provide your suggestions if you think I'm making a mistake.

Here's my question.  Since she is in day care while I'm at work, I need to know how many ounces to provide. With pumped milk, I would send three 5oz bottles.  Should I be sending less, but bigger bottles with the formula?  I am so confused on how to transition.  Thanks, y'all! 


EDIT:  I should've been more specific when I said I want my life back.  That did sound selfish, and I didn't mean it that way.  I just want to get away from the pump.  I hate it.  I LOVE BFing.  I think the suggestions to move to FF and solids during the day and BFing mornings, nights, and weekends is great.  It sounds like I should be able to do that successfully without ruining my supply for those feedings.  If that's the case, I'm totally on board.  If I do that, the amount of bottles to clean won't change, so it would work out just fine. 

Thanks to everyone who didn't bash my decision and those who said they respect my honesty.  I'm glad I'm in this group because you're all very helpful and positive and supportive. 

by on Oct. 25, 2012 at 2:56 PM
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by on Oct. 25, 2012 at 3:30 PM
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Maybe ask in a formula feeding group?  I don't think this is the place to get info about formula...

by on Oct. 25, 2012 at 3:31 PM
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I honestly have no clue how much formula she'd need. Good job making it this far!
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by on Oct. 25, 2012 at 3:32 PM

If you can make it a year you don't even have to do formula. 

by on Oct. 25, 2012 at 3:32 PM
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Your a mom wether you formula feed or not you have no life..... as for the formula well I wouldn't do more the 4 oz
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by on Oct. 25, 2012 at 3:34 PM
Maybe ask her daycare workers what is typical for her age.
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by on Oct. 25, 2012 at 3:40 PM
I know how you feel. I'm 18 and I also just want to be able to go out one night and noy have to worry about getting engorged or if my baby is taking a bottle or not. You made it this far, why give up? its only 4 more months. it will be over before you know it :) GL.
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by on Oct. 25, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Thanks for the kind words.  I think I did pretty good, too.  Considering how many moms don't even try, or give up before giving it a chance, and the horrible case of mastitis I had when she was 6 weeks old, I think I deserve a pat on the back.

As for the suggestion to combo feeding.  I've been doing a variation of that for the past month or so. I dropped 1 work pumping session and my before bed session, so now she gets 1 bottle of formula (5oz) with her 2 other BM bottles.  I should've said that in the original post.  I forgot.  So, yeah.. she likes Enfamil, hated Gerber Good Starts. 

I just know my day care, and they're going to think she needs 8 oz plus per bottle, which just seems crazy since she's been BF this whole time.


Quoting RadnRem:

First, I want to say that making it to 8 months is great! I agree, that you are very close to the 1 yr mark and 4 more months isn't that far off. But I don't think you are horrible/selfish for wanting to be done.
I would stick with it, because I wouldn't want all the tummy problems for my baby that formula brings on. And it really is wretched smelling. I can only imagine the taste. And this is coming from someone that mostly ff her first 2 kids! I wouldn't touch the stuff again unless my or babies life depended on it.....and donor milk was unavailable.

But, to your actual question. My older 2 that were mostly ff never had more than 4-5 oz in a bottle. I know most people do, but ff or bf....anymore than that is just too much imo. And baby probably has had their tummy stretched if the are used to 8-12 oz bottles. How long are you gone for work? I would think the same amount you are sending now would be fine, if you decide to make the switch.

I want to say, that I think continuing to bf would be best tho. But it is your decision. Are you mainly just tired of pumping while at work? Maybe a happy medium is to ff at daycare, but bf while together. It doesn't have to be all or nothing.

by mel on Oct. 25, 2012 at 3:41 PM
I would continue with the 5oz bottles those were big to begin with.
You've done a great job making it to 8 months and I respect you for being honest with your reasons to switch.
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by on Oct. 25, 2012 at 3:43 PM
Dont do that. Daycare workers have absolutely NO formal education in infant nutrition. They have no clue. And chances are all those other daycare parents are bringing in widely varied amounts as well... they cannot give you an accurate answer.

A quick google will bring you to many many charts which will assist you in calculating the proper intake per 24 hours for her weight. Divide this by however many hours per day she spends in daycare.

Good luck :)

Quoting LilSarahgirl:

Maybe ask her daycare workers what is typical for her age.

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by Gold Member on Oct. 25, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Congrats on making it to 8 months! That is great! I would continue to do 5oz myself.

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