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Breast and formula feeding

I have been breastfeeding my daughter for 2 weeks.... I am thinking about substituting formula for some feedings because she just is not satisfied and having her or the pump on me every hour to ninety minutes is just starting to take its toll on me. Is there anything wrong with doing both breast and formula?? I know breastmilk is best... its just getting to be too much.

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SarahJoy13

Asked by SarahJoy13 at 10:58 PM on Oct. 4, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Some people do both I have heard but you risk your daughter turning away your breast once you get her used to formula. If you can get enough pumped and saved up you can just bottle feed her but she is still getting the healthy breastmilk. It is exhausting. I was a little discouraged in the beginnng because I felt like I wasn't satisfying her but she's in the 95th percentile of her weight. She was 11 pound at 4 weeks!! You will be surprised at how satisfied she is. Keep it up you'll get your routine down and they also go through growth spurts where they eat a LOT more.
    calliesmommie

    Answer by calliesmommie at 11:04 PM on Oct. 4, 2008

  • wait just a little longer i know its hard right now but your milk supply isnt eaven fully established yet.. that will happen around 6 weeks. if you start substituting formula now your milk supply will decrease and be gone before you know it. try not to give formula at all, breastmilk is supply and demand the more she nurses the more you will produce and she will be satisfied. join the breastfeeding moms group they are amazing very encouraging and very knowledgeable. dont give up yet momma you can do it.. good luck
    jaxonsmmy

    Answer by jaxonsmmy at 11:48 PM on Oct. 4, 2008

  • I did both. My daughter accepted both readily, but I must admit she always seemed more excited for "boobie!!" I understand, it is exhausting, they're hungry every 2 hours and then eat for at least 20 minutes, so you're feeding every 1.5 hrs. I stopped nursing at 10 weeks and miss it now . . . the bonding part anyway. If you want to have someone ELSE (try not to give her one yourself until at least 6 weeks) give her a bottle here and there . . . go ahead, but I would try to wait another week to avoid nipple confusion. >>>After that, if you want to give 2-3 bottles a day . . . well try it . . . Leila went back and forth from breast to bottle with no problem. Good Luck in whatever you decide, and don't let the "all baby needs is breast milk" intimidate . . . it's your baby and it's possible to go back and forth easily . . I am a first hand witness!! Take Care!
    BridgetC140

    Answer by BridgetC140 at 11:54 PM on Oct. 4, 2008

  • We started with both breast and formula.. I just didn't have enough milk and he would scream and scream. But make sure you breastfeed first then give the bottle... I know it seems like a ton of work, but you won't ever increase your supply if you just give the bottle. And pumping helps increase supply too... sometimes, if he was napping I would pump for a little bit... if I got anything I would feed that after breastfeeding the next time.
    I know its exhausting! Your supply will catch up.
    Drink LOTS of water... and try the supplement Fenugreek take 3 caps 3 times/day and it should help some with your supply.
    AmiJanell

    Answer by AmiJanell at 12:18 AM on Oct. 5, 2008

  • 2 weeks is just a growth spurt. it's gonna feel you constantly nurse for a while, & that's totally normal. don't use any bottles for at least 6 weeks cause it can interfere with establishing & maintaining a good latch since artificial nipples take less work to express from. there is plenty wrong w formula!! just one bottle can hurt. i'll probably get jumped for that even providing info. so just message me & i'll send you all the reasons to NEVER even consider formula. especially so soon. you're doing fine. keep it up!
    jus1jess

    Answer by jus1jess at 12:40 AM on Oct. 5, 2008

  • I did noth with my son. I only had him on formula in the mornings while I was at work for a couple of hours and then when I got him he was breast feed and then if it didn't seem to be enough he got formula. It made it easier to switch to formula and off my breast. But you say she is two weeks I would wait longer for her to still get used to your milk.
    Burnside_M

    Answer by Burnside_M at 2:52 AM on Oct. 5, 2008

  • The first 6-8 weeks is VERY hard but after that nursing is much easier. If you supplement now, even if it was bottles of EBM your supply will go down. ANY eatting that is not a your breast will lower supply especially in the first 6-8 weeks. STop pumping theres NO need. Read this info on newborn nursing and milk supply.
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/normal/index.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/start/index.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/index.html
    Formula is meant for a medical intervention when breastmilk isn't available. Read this info on supplementing with formula
    http://www.drjaygordon.com/development/bf/supppit.asp
    http://www.drjaygordon.com/development/bf/supplement.asp
    http://www.breastfeeding.com/reading_room/what_should_know_formula.html
    tabi_cat1023

    Answer by tabi_cat1023 at 8:59 AM on Oct. 5, 2008

  • I don't see anything wrong with it, I only bottle fed but I have friends that did both and they didn't have any problems.
    sammiesmom2000

    Answer by sammiesmom2000 at 11:15 AM on Oct. 5, 2008

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