Formula transition can feel like a daunting process for a new parent, especially if your child has encountered some side-effects on their old formula. Fortunately, there are some tried and tested methods for formula transition that could make the process a little easier. Please read the information on formula transition provided by Oli6 below for more information.
Some children readily accept any formula being offered to them whilst others may refuse or take time to gradually transfer across. Slowly changing formulas is ideal when transitioning from one formula to another. A sudden switch to another brand or formula type can lead to fussiness, feed refusal and sometimes constipation.
Start by introducing one bottle with new formula at the first feed of the day or when your little one is particularly hungry. Also, offering the new formula in the morning can reduce the risk of potential fussiness in the evening.
Substitute one bottle each day with the new formula, so over 5 – 6 days your child has time to adapt to the new formula.
Avoid changing any other feeding associations such as; when you sit to feed your little one or changing the bottles or teats, as too many changes may cause confusion.
It is not uncommon to notice some changes in your child’s bowel movements; this could relate the colour, frequency, odour and even the consistency of stool. If these should occur, they usually reduce gradually as your child gets used to the new formula. Little ones can also experience a small fluctuation in weight on a new formula; this could be more or less compared to their starting weight. Little ones grow rapidly, so weight gain should not be cause for alarm if within the normal parameters.
In some cases, your child may experience a change in sleeping pattern. For example, it can take your child a little longer to settle. However, the opposite is possible too, e.g. if your child experiences a reduction in cramps and constipation on new formula.
Your little one can also have a different smell; this mainly caused by their breath and the new formula being digested. This is usually not a cause for concern and should settle down in a couple of days.
Naturally, there are some symptoms to look out for when switching to a new formula. A rash is one of those symptoms. If this should occur, immediate medical attention is required.