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Switching From Breast Milk to Formula

Selecting a Baby Formula

Selecting the right formula for your baby can best be described as a true "trial and error" process. Some parents are fortunate enough to have their baby successfully take the formula first recommended by the baby's healthcare provider or the hospital staff. Others may not be as lucky. Some babies have difficulty digesting some formulas or quickly develop a sensitivity or allergy to some of the ingredients.
(Click Baby Formula Feeding for more information on selecting a baby formula.)

Getting Started

Depending on the circumstances that brought you to the world of baby formula, you might find that your baby may not take to the change so easily. For some moms, the transition is seamless and it is a welcomed change for both.
Other women might find that their previously breastfed baby will not take the bottle. This rejection can occur for a few different reasons.
A baby might reject a bottle of baby formula from their mother because:
  • It might be confusing -- they are used to getting their milk directly from mom. Their routine has been disrupted and they might simply be confused by the change.
  • It might be frustrating or distressing. This could be an unwelcomed change for them that you will need to overcome.
  • Your baby may not like the infant formula's taste, smell, or temperature.
  • Your baby may not like the bottle/nipple delivery system.
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