I have been EBFing for 10 weeks but after I am unable to get milk out with my pump. Not completely but I only get approx. 3-4 oz over 4 pumping sessions. So I am starting to supplement and I am just wondering how other moms go about it? What kind of formula do you use? What are your own personal reasons for supplementing? Do you use powdered or pre mixed formula? How does LO react to it? If you use powdered do you heat it up or just keep your water at room temp? Any insight will be helpful!! =o)Answer Question
Answer by ecodani at 10:57 PM on Sep. 3, 2010
Answer by midnightmoma at 10:57 PM on Sep. 3, 2010
Answer by andrea96 at 11:02 PM on Sep. 3, 2010
Answer by midnightmoma at 11:06 PM on Sep. 3, 2010
Answer by ecodani at 11:07 PM on Sep. 3, 2010
Answer by andrea96 at 11:17 PM on Sep. 3, 2010
You can use massage before pumping to increase the amount you pump. For directions go to google and type in Marmet Technique. Rental pumps work the best. You might want to try renting a pump and see if it does better. You can nurse one breast and pump the other. Things like herbs and oatmeal have never been proven to work in scientific studies.
Answer by Gailll at 11:46 PM on Sep. 3, 2010
Answer by getrealmama at 12:14 AM on Sep. 4, 2010
I had to supplement my son with formula too... he did fine going back and forth between, breast and bottle as well as expressed milk and formula.
We use the bottles called BREASTFLOW and I really liked those.... they are supposed to be more simlar to the breast.
We used Enfamil with my son... I like it much more than Similac. We used powder. My advice is to get slow flow nipples... even as your baby gets older... you don't want the bottle to be easy or he might prefer the bottle over the breast. Many people will talk about "nipple confusion" but it's really flow confusion.
And remember if you are supplementing you need to pump every time you give a bottle or your body will stop making milk. Make sure you have a high quality pump, drink plenty of fluids and try to find a quiet and relaxing place to pump.
Answer by AmiJanell at 11:03 AM on Sep. 4, 2010