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Nobody told me i could do both! *edit to answer questions*

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Nobody told me i could breastfeed and formula feed. I stoppped breastfeeding my first dd when she was two months old because i couldnt pump. I never got a break and she was ALWAYS hungry. I thought i was just not producing enough milk.

But with this baby it is soooo much easier formula feeding and breastfeeding. I didnt add the formula until she was two weeks old, but it is sooo much easier. I do not pump, she gets about two bottles of formula a day and i strictly breastfeed at night (its easier then getting up and making the bottle, lol). I get my break, my boobs arnt near as sore, and others get to feed her as well. Im not shy about feeding her in public, but its easier being able to give her a bottle when we r out and about. She does pretty good with it, sometimes she will prefer a bottle over the boob or the other way around. I think i will be able to breastfeed her until she is at least one, or bites my boob, lol.

I wish i knew then what i know now.... my second child is sooo much easier than my first and thats with a two year old running around. Its amazing the little tricks you learn that nobody tells you, like they actually make a little swaddle blanket. Im sure they had them two years ago, but i always tried to use a regular baby blanket and she would wiggle her way out of it. With this one they gave me one at the hospital and mil bought us one the day we brought her home.
Also, i learned that if you hold a baby nonstop, they always want to be held. I learned my lesson with my first. I get more done now with two kids then i did back then with one baby.


Any one else learn anything from experience? Please share, my kids r still teaching me everyday. Lol.


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wow, this post went a total diff direction than i was hoping, i was hoping people would be giving advice on things they learned, not bashing me, but whatever...

I do hold my baby a lot, just note nonstop like with my first. If she falls asleep i put her down, with my first i would hold her if she fell asleep.

I have a bf consultant come to my house for the first six weeks. She was awesome and was actually the one who told me it wont hurt to give her a bottle or two a day because she seen how hard it was for me to pump, i can get about four ounces in twenty min, but i have to squeeze my boobs to do this, and thats with two diff pumps. She realized i was getting depressed and was really hard on myself.

My supply is still really good, just this morning my baby was acting funny whle bf and i took my boob out and it was just squirting everywhere and was too much at one time for her. My supply is good and if two bottles a day starts to make me dry up, i will go to one a day. But its been a few weeks and its fine.

I use the nuk breastfeeding nipples and bottles, its shaped like the end of a boob and the nipple looks like mine with the hole on top instead of on the end like normal bottle. Damn things cost $10 for three bottle and that was on sale.

I am feeding my kid and she is happy, i hold her a lot, just not nonstop. I have things i need to do. If your milk dried up im sorry, but everyones body is different, im still going strong. I am still mainy breastfeeding, so its really not necessary to bash. She eats every two hours, thats during the day and night, so i relly dont think two bottles matters. And even the bf consultant told me its healthier for me and baby to do both rather than just bf and me get post partum depression from being overwhelmed. She said i was starting to show the signs.

So to those who didnt bash, thankyou.....to the rest, why bother even commenting????? This post was to tell what u learned, not to bash me on what i feed my kid, or because i put her down instead of never putting her down and wearing a sling while i clean toilets and do the dishes.....
by on Dec. 3, 2012 at 8:18 AM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Dec. 3, 2012 at 8:42 AM
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I supplemented too and my supply of breast milk NEVER suffered.

Peytonsmom6308
by Gold Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 8:45 AM
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I supplemented and my supply didn't suffer. If you keep the same schedule you'll be fine. Like you bf at night then your supply regulates to make enough for just your night feedings or what ever your schedule is. Im glad you found something that works for you!
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Mrs.Pedro
by Platinum Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 8:47 AM
This is what I plan to do with my next baby. I hate how bf feels and it drives me insane, so I want to do some supplementing.
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mom2cheesebug
by on Dec. 3, 2012 at 8:51 AM
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Quoting Peytonsmom6308:

I supplemented and my supply didn't suffer. If you keep the same schedule you'll be fine. Like you bf at night then your supply regulates to make enough for just your night feedings or what ever your schedule is. Im glad you found something that works for you!



Thanks, i keep her on a good schedule and when i try to pump, if i squeeze my boobs while pumping, i can get four ounces in twenty minutes, and she only drinks about three, so my supply is still good. I just cant squeeze my boobs for twenty min, lol. I dont really think two bottles a dayis a big deal when she has skipped two feeding or more a day when i was strictly bf.
wyldebtrfly
by on Dec. 3, 2012 at 8:52 AM
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At two months the baby is always hungry because that's typical growth spurt time. It's natural and instinctual for them to nurse more to tell you to produce more.

If supplmenting is what works for you, then good. Just don't let it mess with your supply. It can get tricky sometimes, but some women do it and are fine.

With my babies I learned that stores sell things you don't need in order to make money, sure some of those things are nice, but you don't need them. .
I also learned that holding your baby is good for them, not just for their emotional development, but also for mental, social and physical development. Not just that, I learned (and perhaps this is the most important part) babies grow. Fast. One day they'll outgrow the need and desire to be held. Those days come all too fast and you will miss them. So yes, I hold my babies when they want to be held, and as a reward they grow into alert, inquisitive children.

 

mom2cheesebug
by on Dec. 3, 2012 at 8:58 AM
Quoting wyldebtrfly:

At two months the baby is always hungry because that's typical growth spurt time. It's natural and instinctual for them to nurse more to tell you to produce more.

If supplmenting is what works for you, then good. Just don't let it mess with your supply. It can get tricky sometimes, but some women do it and are fine.With my babies I learned that stores sell things you don't need in order to make money, sure some of those things are nice, but you don't need them. .I also learned that holding your baby is good for them, not just for their emotional development, but also for mental, social and physical development. Not just that, I learned (and perhaps this is the most important part) babies grow. Fast. One day they'll outgrow the need and desire to be held. Those days come all too fast and you will miss them. So yes, I hold my babies when they want to be held, and as a reward they grow into alert, inquisitive children. 





With my first dd i held her nonstop, we lived with mil and her two year old son would poke her in the eyes or try to feed her chips if i layed her down or put her in her bounce. I never put her in her swing because he would try pushing it and her head would bob. With this one i hold her alot ( i have to cause i mainly bf) but not all the time like with my first. We have our own place so im not in fear for her safety if she gets some belly time while i clean. She loves her swing and with my first i never used it.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Dec. 3, 2012 at 9:06 AM
I would be more worried about the constant switching messing with her tummy. Your not suppose to switch between different formulas constantly as it effects their digestive system. I was under the impressing breastfeeding is similar and you stick to 1.

Anyways. It can affect your supply. Sometimes it works out but most it does not. Good luck. check with the breastfeeding group for advice on pumping.
viasacra18
by on Dec. 3, 2012 at 9:08 AM
I just had my third and I like to pump and bottle feed sometimes but I don't always have the time so I bf the most with this baby then I did with my first two. I'm more comfortable doing it in public too and I know that that's all they eat or need for six months..does it get tireing sometimes yes but its what's best for them and I still nurse my 19 month daughter! It will change fast I can understand having to substitute sometimes but be careful how often because if your already having trouble with supplying enough to pump you might run out..and never think your holding your baby too much they nothing in this world other then you and holding them shows your taking the time..I hold my youngest as much as possible and I have two older kids running around and I still get mire done now then I did before you learn to balance it! Good luck!
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Dec. 3, 2012 at 9:12 AM
Adding. You can't spoil a baby! Whoever taught you that is a moron. The baby wanting to be held constantly is a need! They are use to being in your womb for 9 months. And then thrown into this strange and cold place. They find comfort in being held. I had a newborn and 2 year old at the same time. Now both are independent children who don't need mommy to hold them all day. The trick is to do stuff with the toddler while holding the baby.... like puzzles plating a game coloring or reading a book. All can be done easily with 1 arm. That's of course if baby wants to be held all day. Multitasking will become your friend. I have 3 kids now and can text, cook and wash dishes at once while crowd control and wiping snot noses. It gets better with time and practice
wyldebtrfly
by on Dec. 3, 2012 at 9:13 AM

I baby wore a lot with my second, third & fourth child. I did put them down but baby wearing made it so i could comfort them while getting stuff done.  

Quoting mom2cheesebug:

Quoting wyldebtrfly:

At two months the baby is always hungry because that's typical growth spurt time. It's natural and instinctual for them to nurse more to tell you to produce more.

If supplmenting is what works for you, then good. Just don't let it mess with your supply. It can get tricky sometimes, but some women do it and are fine.With my babies I learned that stores sell things you don't need in order to make money, sure some of those things are nice, but you don't need them. .I also learned that holding your baby is good for them, not just for their emotional development, but also for mental, social and physical development. Not just that, I learned (and perhaps this is the most important part) babies grow. Fast. One day they'll outgrow the need and desire to be held. Those days come all too fast and you will miss them. So yes, I hold my babies when they want to be held, and as a reward they grow into alert, inquisitive children. 





With my first dd i held her nonstop, we lived with mil and her two year old son would poke her in the eyes or try to feed her chips if i layed her down or put her in her bounce. I never put her in her swing because he would try pushing it and her head would bob. With this one i hold her alot ( i have to cause i mainly bf) but not all the time like with my first. We have our own place so im not in fear for her safety if she gets some belly time while i clean. She loves her swing and with my first i never used it.


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