How to choose the best baby formula

Thursday, February 16, 2017

How to Choose the Best Baby Formula


You don't ever choose to switch your baby from breastfeeding to formula. The decision usually comes because one of more things are not working for you and your baby. You aren’t producing enough milk, your baby isn’t latching properly, your baby isn’t getting enough to eat, you’ve had mastitis for the 5th time in two weeks, the hormones are making you crazy or any other myriad of reasons. For me it came with Lulu when she just was not latching & was becoming so hungry that she couldn’t sleep. I’m not into starving newborns (is anyone?) and so we switched to pumping and formula. With Zelda it happened a little more gradually. She was latching but as a premie feeding would make her so sleepy, that we added in a bottle of baby formula instead of her tube feedings. 

The next question after switching from breastfeeding to formula is which formula is the best formula for babies? I would love to tell you that X baby formula is the best but the honest answer is that there is no unilateral best formula. Baby formula, like everything with babies, doesn’t have a one size fits all solution. What works for one baby may not work for another. Do you use a lactose based baby formula or a lactose free? Organic or regular? You may need to try more than one brand or type of formula based on how your baby reacts to the formula. 

With Lulu the first one we tried worked well for us, however she ended up on a feed thickener later on to help with her aspiration. There is now a formula with thickener included that can also help with reflux. Did you know there is also a grass-fed milk based formula? Did you ever think that you might be considering what the cows eat that provide the milk for the baby formula? No, you didn't? Neither did I. Good grief, when did things get so complicated?

At the end of the day just remember the best baby is a fed baby and the best baby formula is the formula that works for your baby. 


Choosing the best baby formulaThis post is in partnership with Nocturnal.

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Ghostbusters

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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It’s been a while since we watched a movie. With a packed pre-Christmas schedule and kids that go to bed far too late, there just hasn’t been enough time at night to fit in a movie before I’m too tired and just have to go to bed. Post Christmas our internet wasn’t working - so no netflix, stan or apple tv - and I found a copy of the old Ghostbusters on a hard drive that we watched. And I am so glad we watched it again before watching the latest Ghostbusters. I had assumed, quite wrongly, that the latest ghostbusters was a sequel to the original, but it’s not, it’s a retelling of the story. Modernised. Told in a world where women don’t need men to help them. Where if you’ve been scared by a ghost you join the team to help fight. It has cameos from the actors of the original film -  which I never would have spotted, except the obvious ones, like Bill Murray & the green ghost. I absolutely loved the film and after seeing Office Christmas Party and Ghostbusters, Kate McKinnon is my new favourite actress - LOVE her. 

Have you seen the new Ghostbusters? What did you think? Did you love it? 

Link Love - Public Holiday Edition

Thursday, January 26, 2017

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Rain, rain and more rain. The grass is long and green. Our half finished pool is a festy breeding ground for mosquitos. School is back on Monday. Hands up who else is looking forward to that?!

Catching my eye on the internet this week:

In response to those who may have thought the women's march was not necessary - You are not equal. Sorry

This birth survival story on A House in the Hills is incredible - our bodies are capable of so much.

We had a Corgi when I was little but it was a full grown dog when it came to live with us - this Corgi Puppy is just adorable!

Meet the Ivanka Voter

January 26th was an assault on a phenomenal culture and that's why you shouldn't celebrate it

15 of Carrie Fisher's Best Most Honest Feminist Quotes

Ikea ideas for kids

Double J is playing the hottest 100 from 1996 in it's entirety this Saturday!

Happy Weekend
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School Holidays

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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As a school kid the holidays stretched out like an endless, unlimited time for fun & play, but as a parent they’ve had me slightly anxious as to what we should do. Should I be organising endless activities? Should I be organising playdates? 

December was incredibly busy for us. On top of the usual Christmas madness, we had a wedding to go to, plus we tacked on a quick trip to Uluru the weekend before Christmas (who does that?). Zelda decided that the 23rd December was a great day to stop sleeping through the night. She hasn't slept through since! Lulu came down with a fever that lasted 3 days and left her feeling flat for the first week of 2017. 

Needless to say, post Christmas we have just collapsed. The only thing I have managed to do is re-organise the play room, making more space for play while Nick put together the trampoline Lulu received from us (no way Santa’s getting that credit). The reorganised playroom has been fantastic. It’s either been too hot or too rainy to play outside and so Lulu continually requests for us to play in the playroom. She does make believe play and it all happens around us. While she was unwell  she took to ‘having a relax’ in her cubby under the desk in the playroom. The relax has sometimes turned into a sleep. Most days we’ve been at home, in the aircon. Not doing much. 

But I was still feel a little guilty that we aren't doing more. That we haven't had play dates. That I haven't caught up with anyone for coffee. Until a friend called and asked if Lulu wanted to go to the Reptile Centre with them. I said yes! They ended up having Lulu for lunch and a long afternoon play too. It was wonderful. Maybe I don't need to worry about endless days at home that involve more iPad/tv watching than play because eventually they will balance out?! How do you handle the school holidays? Do you hunker down at home or are you far more social than we have been?

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