How Do We Switch Infant Formulas?

As I’ve mentioned before, I am not breastfeeding G, who is now 3.5 months old.  Considering the fact that I have for many years been a pretty outspoken, public advocate of breastfeeding as a critical maternal, infant health issue, my current status as a bottle feeding mom continues to garner some unusual feedback from people who aren’t necessarily aware of the reason why I was unable to nurse G successfully. (For the whole backstory on what happened with breastfeeding this time around, CLICK HERE)

G started life as a wee little thing – born 6 weeks early at only 5 lbs and something. She was down to 4.5 lbs at about 10 days old. She also had a hard time tolerating several of the first infant formulas we tried, which caused her to be pretty colicky for a couple of weeks until we hit on a formula that agrees with her (Similac Alimentum).  Now that she’s been on this extremely, unbelievably expensive “hypoallergenic” formula for about 7 weeks, she is feeling great – no more crying – and she’s growing well, although she’s still on the small side. I think G’s just naturally going to be a petite little flower, much like her 15 year old sister J (breastfed), and as opposed to her much bigger boned and taller 3 year old (also breastfed) sister C. Those wacky genetics are always a fun surprise in a family with several children; you just never know what you will end up with. (Of interest: breastfed babies on average grow at a significantly different rate than formula fed babies do)

Even though G is doing really well on the Alimentum, the cost at about $26 a can is busting our budget big time. So we are considering trying to slowly transition her to a less expensive formula. We can always go right back if she doesn’t seem to tolerate it well. I’m going to talk to my pediatrician about it at her next check-up, but I was wondering whether any of you moms who have formula fed and know more about it than I do have any experiences you would be willing to share with trying to transition from one infant formula brand to another. Any tips or tricks? All guidance welcome. Please share your thoughts in the comments below.




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