Back up Formula Feed (URGENT)

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Back up Formula Feed (URGENT)

Post by kath92 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:42 pm

This Wednesday my two boys are spending the day with their nanna and uncle. Wednesday is only 3 days away and Im not sure how much I can express by then since I'll be away for a full day (biting my nails like never before).
I'm considering getting back up formula just incase he has all the breast milk I save. His a big boy whos always drinking.

What formula should I buy that's as close as possible to breast milk? I've got 'close to nature' bottles which are a lot like boobs, so im not stressed with the thought of him getting confussed. Just not sure what would be best for him.

Thanks for your answers :)[/b]
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Post by millimum » Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:59 pm

How old are they? And are they on solids at all?

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Post by kath92 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:03 pm

My breast fed son is 17-18weeks, my other is two and fed solids anyway.
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Post by kath92 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:04 pm

And currently only breast fed.
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Post by Penguin » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:16 pm

All formulas available for sale in Australia meet the NMHCR guidelines, and are therefore all as 'close to breastmilk' as each other.

For only one feed, you may choose to use ready to drink liquid formula, then there's no fussing about with mixing it up. Just check the used by dates esp if you buy from a small chemist - I've often accidntally bought single serve that were past the used by date since there isn't much of a turn over.

No bottle is like breastfeeding, regardless of the claims that are made. (Actually making claims like 'closer to nature' or 'like natural sucking action' are actually against the advertising code). If bub won't take the bottle, Nanna and Uncle could consider cup or syringe feeding.

How long will you be away for?

If you are able to express (with a pump or by hand) then you could store that milk in small amounts (say 50mL) for bub to have, then with formula top ups if needed.

When using formula, remember that once the baby has started feeding the whole bottle needs to be used withing the hour or thrown away if unfinished. Nanny/incle could make up one whole bottle (or open a tetra pack of liquid formula) and then pour 50mL at a time into the feeding bottle/cup, so if bub doesn't want it all it's not wasted (or only a little bit is wasted)

Here's some info which might help you/ nanna and uncle
https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bf-inf ... stfed-baby
https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/system ... 2013_0.pdf
https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/cup-feeding
https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo ... -baby-milk

You (or nanny and uncle) can call the helpline to speak with a trained breastfeedign counsellor 1800 686268


Good luck and please ask here or the helpline if you have any more questions.
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Post by kath92 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:27 pm

Thank you, I'll buy some of that. Ill be away from morning until afternoon, i'll no doubt need to go into public restrooms to express throughout the day.

As for storage, when I freeze my breast milk can I store it in any clean containers or should I get special ones?
And when on the move, ill carry a cold pack to store the breast milk I express, will that be enough to keep it cool for later use?

Thanks so much for your answers :)
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Post by fellare » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:39 pm

You can use any container as long as its clean. I use the bottles while still in transit and then transfer to snaplock bag once home. I just put about 50mL in each bag, so there is little wastage, but its up to you, really.
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Post by Penguin » Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:01 pm

kath92 wrote:Thank you, I'll buy some of that. Ill be away from morning until afternoon, i'll no doubt need to go into public restrooms to express throughout the day.
Of course express where ever you feel comfortable, but remember that it is your legal right to express anywhere that you are allowed to be, with or without a cover. You can sit in the car/ in a park/ at a cafe and pump with or without a cover and no one is allowed to ask you to cover up, to stop, to move somewhere discreet or to refuse you service.
As for storage, when I freeze my breast milk can I store it in any clean containers or should I get special ones?
Any clean container is fine. (clean means washed in hot soapy water and rinsed and dried well - no need to steralise if bub is healthy).

Some people use bottles, plastic containers (like what you would put lunch in), ice cube trays (useful since it makes little block so you can add or remove later for quantities), zip lock bags (regular ones can leak, they also make special bresatmilk ones which are thicker).
And when on the move, ill carry a cold pack to store the breast milk I express, will that be enough to keep it cool for later use?
Probably yes, as long as you're not leaving it ina super hot car for hours on end. I used the soft ice packs that people use for sporting injuries, as I found they were able to wrap around the bottles nicely. So I had a large cooler bag with 4 or 5 soft icepacks and I would put the empty bottles/ containers in there in the morning. During the day I would fill up as I ent along, and also put the pump flanges etc into the cool bag between pumps. If you keep them cool then you don't have to wash then during the day (or take extra sets)



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Post by Penguin » Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:31 pm

How did you get on?
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went pretty well

Post by kath92 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:51 pm

I used formula brand or whatever it is that hospitals use, he took it well without issues. Then i tried to hand express in the crown casino toilets. Didn't work out very well. Ended out changing breast pads regularly. I just got home about an hour ago and expressed one breast and put him on the other. I must admit, i love breast feeding SO much. Even just the thought of him needing me, and looking down at him while he smiles up at me. I don't see myself giving into formula feeds very soon.
Thanks for all the help :) all in all, the day went great.

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Post by manomummy » Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:39 pm

Thanks for the update. Good to hear all went well.
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