How did your baby react when you first introduced formula into his/her diet? Chances are there was a bit of gassiness, diarrhea or constipation. This is more common than you think due to the natural fact that our bodies need time to adjust. Whether it’s a babies new formula or your new pair of sunglasses, our bodies sense change and try to adapt to these biological or sensory changes. Those new sunglasses might have felt uncomfortable on your eyes at first but before you knew it you didn’t even know they are there.
Weaning is a vital part of introducing new nutrition into your baby's diet that often goes overlooked. When introducing formula after exclusively breastfeeding or when going from Stage 1 to Stage 2, etc, weaning should always be incorporated. This process consists of slowly introducing the new formula while slowly reducing the existing one.
Let’s look at an example-
Sarah exclusively breastfed her son and decided to transition him exclusively to Holle formula. Rather than just handing him a bottle of just formula for the first time, Sarah mixed 75% breastmilk with 25% formula. She did this for two full days after which she changed the ratios to 50% breastmilk to 50% formula for another two days. The final two days were a mixture of 25% breastmilk and 75% formula after which she made 100% formula moving forward.
The above model applies not to just transitioning from breastmilk to formula but when transitioning between stages, i.e.- Holle Stage 1 to Holle Stage 2, etc. A common concern of parents is that when their baby is ready to switch from Stage 1 of a formula to Stage 2 and they notice their baby either gets constipated, spits up or has loose stools. If the first stage of the formula was tolerated well by the baby this is a common reaction since the more advanced version of the formula has additional nutrients that the baby's digestive system isn’t used to. The chances of these types of reactions are significantly reduced when this weaning process is used.
Written by Alexandra
Mommy | Foodie | BabyKind!
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