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Transitioning Between Different Milk Feeding Options

Whether you’re moving from breastfeeding to formula feeding, or changing from one formula to another, it’s important to keep your eye out for signs of intolerance. Read and hear tips from our experts.

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

A baby may better adapt when changes in feeding are introduced gradually.  Alternating between the old and new feeds may ease the transition.

In some cases you may find that your baby does not tolerate the new feed at all and you may need to try a different formula. It’s important to know that not all formulas suit all babies, and some may even try a number of different formulas before finding one that is satisfactory for them. Whenever you change from one feeding option to another it’s important to give your baby some time to adapt to the new feed. This can be up to 2 weeks.

The most common change parents see when changing feeds is a change in their baby’s bowel habits, this may be the smell, colour, frequency, texture, or all of the above!  A change in their bowel movements however, may not necessarily be related to feeding, bowel motions can be affected by a number of factors, including:

  • Fluid intake
  • Introduction of solids
  • Age (as age increases the stool characteristics change)
  • Illness and infections
  • Medications

If your baby experiences any severe side effects from changing the feed type, such as vomiting or diarrhoea, you should seek the advice of your doctor or health care nurse.

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