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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.


*edit*
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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wrensong
by Pagan Mother on Dec. 3, 2012 at 10:09 AM

I did both. You need to wait til the baby is at least 6 weeks old, so they don't get nipple confusion, but I did both with all 5 of my bio kids.

The only thing I regret is that my now 13 yr old stopped breast feeding at 5 months because I was working and he got mostly formula at daycare (they did have a room for me to go by on my lunch break and nurse him). He got to where he prefered formula

If you have any questions about nursing you can always PM me. Ive nursed 5 of them

Jaxsonsmama2009
by Gold Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 10:10 AM
I never knew that you could make a formula bottle and then add pumped milk to it. I thought it had to be kept seperate.
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marihla
by on Dec. 3, 2012 at 10:29 AM

God forbid your child want to spend time with you. Babies that are held more, advance faster. There are always slings and carriers!

I've thought about adding formula so Dad could feed, but I just wouldn't feel right about it.

Quoting mom2cheesebug:

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.


Anonymous
by Anonymous 9 on Dec. 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM

You need to hold a baby - it doesn't spoil them and doesn't make them want to be held all the time.

Breastfeeding is superior and it works as supply and demand. Giving formula will affect your supply no matter  what you think. And, feeding a baby a bottle yourself WILL confuse the baby and get the baby confused about what and who the milk comes from.

You obviously didn't learn enough with your first one.


Anonymous
by Anonymous 9 on Dec. 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM

It HAS to be seperate.

Quoting Jaxsonsmama2009:

I never knew that you could make a formula bottle and then add pumped milk to it. I thought it had to be kept seperate.


la_bella_vita
by Bella on Dec. 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

 I did both with my oldest. I was not as educated about breastfeeding. I pumped, breastfeed and did formula. The same with my second. I then joined CM, found the breastfeeding group and made real life friends with breastfeeding mom's. I breastfeed my last two sololy.

firespurity
by Ruby Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Exactly. I'm sorry you never knew. :)
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Seriously? I was saying i can't pump either but ds never had a bottle. I was being supportive. Bitter much?

Quoting Crazy-Steph:

Jesus.  I'm pretty sure this was a pissing match post.  Do you want a cookie or something?  Do you need to be told that you are a more superior mother than the OP?  Really, what is your point?

Quoting Anonymous:

I can't pump and ds has never had a bottle



Quoting mom2cheesebug:

Quoting Anonymous:

Bf is supply and demand. Your supply isn't going to hold up if you keep giving formula.










Two bottles a day wont make my supply go down when the kid eats every two hours. I have only went through one can of formula and she is a month and a half old. When u cant pump, its nice to get a break. If i sit there and squeeze my boob while pumping i can get about four ounces, but my boobies cant take that. I have tried two diff pumps and they just dont suction hard enough i guess.


Anonymous
by Anonymous 10 on Dec. 3, 2012 at 1:15 PM
6 moms liked this

So many Super Moms replying to this post. They apparently have never let their child lay down, and they have a huge breast milk supply that has always been enough to feed their darling baby, and half of Ethiopia as well.

I never knew there were so many moms on here who can do so much.



OP- you are feeding your child, don't let anyone make you feel bad for not doing it their way. Your child is loved and cared for.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 10 on Dec. 3, 2012 at 1:17 PM

What you posted wasn't supportive. It was bitchy. I was pointing out that you have had no issues exclusively breasted edging without relying on supplementing formula. 

The OP supplements. She isn't starving her child, feeding it acid, or throwing it outside to fend for itself. 

Quoting Anonymous:

Seriously? I was saying i can't pump either but ds never had a bottle. I was being supportive. Bitter much?

Quoting Crazy-Steph:

Jesus.  I'm pretty sure this was a pissing match post.  Do you want a cookie or something?  Do you need to be told that you are a more superior mother than the OP?  Really, what is your point?

Quoting Anonymous:

I can't pump and ds has never had a bottle



Quoting mom2cheesebug:

Quoting Anonymous:

Bf is supply and demand. Your supply isn't going to hold up if you keep giving formula.










Two bottles a day wont make my supply go down when the kid eats every two hours. I have only went through one can of formula and she is a month and a half old. When u cant pump, its nice to get a break. If i sit there and squeeze my boob while pumping i can get about four ounces, but my boobies cant take that. I have tried two diff pumps and they just dont suction hard enough i guess.



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