Is it OK to feed my baby formula at night if I'm too tired to breastfeed?

He is only six days old but I had an infection in my c-section scar and that made me too drained to get up and feed him so his daddy did it for me. He has fed him formula his last 2 feedings. Is it okay for me to put him back on breast?? I don't want to mess his tummy up too bad. Thank you.


Asked by mia1113 at 4:22 AM on Nov. 19, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Breast milk is best I think. However, since your baby has had a bottle, he may not want to go back to breast feeding. So if that happens, you can pump your milk and store it for feedings. I hope that helped!

    Answer by Elsas_Mommy at 4:27 AM on Nov. 19, 2008

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  • it may cause nipple confusion using the bottle your not suppose to introduce a bottle or anything else the 1st few weeks. But you can try to put him back on it might be hard for him.


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:39 AM on Nov. 19, 2008

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  • IMO, no this is not okay. You milk supply is not yet established and it very fragile. It starts out with only a bottle at night, but that tells your body not to produce enough milk. So then you think you don't have enough milk to BF when really you would have if you hadn't have supplimented. And I CERTAINLY would not give a bottle of formula, you need to pump and give breastmilk.Formula is NOT as good as breastmilk and is not sterile. You are introducing a non sterile product into your child gut. Breastmilk is sterile. You can nurse while you sleep. I did that with my daughter. Lay on your side, and line your baby up as if you sitting, but lay down. You can google how to nurse laying down. PLEASE do not feed your 6 day old formula. You can do this.

    Answer by navy-wife at 6:42 AM on Nov. 19, 2008

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  • I read your question as "Is it okay to put him back on the breast?".....and the answer is definitely yes! These things do happen....and if he will happily take the breast then no harm done! If it takes him a while to get used to it again, it is still possible. If you are committed to breastfeeding, then it is actually easier to stick to the breast feeding rather than switch back and forth but if you are not as committed as the previous poster, don't let anyone make you feel guilty. Breast milk is healthy for babies, but lets not forget that formula is not poison, or harmful and it certainly doesn't make anyone a bad mother....The decision is yours.

    Answer by BJoan at 8:11 AM on Nov. 19, 2008

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  • my son ate so much and so often that my breast milk couldn't keep up with him, so we alternated breast milk one feeding and formula one feeding and did fine.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:31 AM on Nov. 19, 2008

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  • Some babies do fine, others might not. I had bp issues and had to have my bf give my ds bottles at night when I was on bedrest for a while. He goes back and forth from breast to bottle just fine. I haven't had any problems. He definitely likes the taste of breast milk better though.

    Answer by sbastille at 8:33 AM on Nov. 19, 2008

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  • It probably would be better just for daddy to bring you baby and you can nurse. Not like it takes a lot of work. I found it easier just to lay in bed and nurse than have to get bottle together. you may confuse the little one. Your supply will probably also go down. So if you want to nurse I suggest just sticking through it. If you want to bottle then just do that.

    Answer by jessicamelia83 at 8:34 AM on Nov. 19, 2008

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  • Nurse! You can't take back the formula you gave him but you can and most definately SHOULD continue nursing. You shouldn't supplement with formula because you're tired. That tells your body that it doesn't need to make as much milk as it is making when really it needs to. Instead Dad can help by changing baby and bringing baby to you to nurse and putting baby back to bed.

    Answer by jaycee1124 at 9:00 AM on Nov. 19, 2008

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  • You well not confuse him actually the brest milk will help him digest better. Maybe you can pump your milk so he can have it for the night. Formula is hard for infants to digest.

    Answer by firstwife217 at 9:03 AM on Nov. 19, 2008

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  • Learn to lay down and feed - it is awesome can snooze and feed.

    Also, although it is recommended not to use a pump in first 6 weeks, I used pump in early days and pumped some for my boyfriend to do once in a while so i could catch up with sleep and rest. it was great - even if it means having a large nap during the day (this is what i did).

    Answer by keyaziz at 9:04 AM on Nov. 19, 2008

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