Is it ok to breast and bottle feed?

Bridget - posted on 03/11/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 3 months old and I will be going back to work soon. I don't have time during the day to express but I still want to be able to breast feed her once or twice a day. Does anyone breast and bottle feed their baby? Does it work ok or do they get a tummy ache??

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Amanda - posted on 03/19/2010

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Have you tried lactation cookies? They work great. I made some and they were awesome. I gave some to a few friends and they said they were great too. Did just the job.

Heather - posted on 03/19/2010

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I breast and bottle fed my middle child for 13 months and I am doing the same with my newest one(14 weeks old). It works great. I've never made enough milk to completly breast feed (even after using fenugreek, which helps to keep the supply up). I mostly breast feed before I give him the bottle and at night time when he wants a "snack"! Well hope everything works out well. If you needed to you could take the supplement I took to make sure you have enough supply.

Amanda - posted on 03/17/2010

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I do both. I never heard of a tummy ache being a problem. I was afraid of nipple confusion but the ped was certain there wouldn't be a problem. Are you able to pump at work at all? There are laws in place that allow us to pump since it is our right and the food our babies get. Be careful about not pumping or feeding during the day because it will hurt and you may not have enough to supplement your baby. If you can, you should think about getting a hands free pump that can attach to your nursing bra. They're really great...if you're not sure what they are it shows up in this video...

Courtney - posted on 03/16/2010

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I bf the first 7 weeks at home. I NEVER had enough milk so we supplemented. I Pump at work 3x day. Do you have a double electric pump? It takes me 10 minutes and my boss has never even asked where I was :) This way my little one gets the best of both!!

Kirsten - posted on 03/16/2010

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You can do both but if you are not expressing while at work, for one you will be in a lot of discomfort for a while till you body gets used to it and two that will cause you to produce less so you wont be able to give her breast milk for very long. Be careful with how you stop try to do it gradualy to avoid something like mastitis.

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MARGARITA - posted on 03/24/2010

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belive it or not it does i went to work after my baby turned 2months.she was full breastfed them i started introducing bottle 2 weeks prior to going back.slowly but surely she will take it.pump your milk and offer it to her she will take it.

Gemma - posted on 03/19/2010

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hi bridget i understand what ya mean im a working mum and my daughter is 3 months as well and she is on both as long as it's the right age group on the formula i use karicare from birth. and to keep my milk supply going strong i express about 60ml on my breaks. and when i get home i either store it in the freezer. or feed her what i expressed. and it has worked out just fine for me

Corinna - posted on 03/16/2010

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I never produced enough milk so I did both from the beginning. Now she is in daycare and knows they only bottle feed her but when she is with me she only wants my boobs, even when there is no milk left. So sometimes I give her the bottle at home when I don't have enough milk. She drinks the bottle if she is really hungry. My breast milk seems to go down, she is almost 3 months now but I will continue breastfeeding as long as I can.

Lindsey - posted on 03/16/2010

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I did both for the first month and a half since I was not producing enough and my daughter was fine with it...

Lee-Ann - posted on 03/15/2010

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Hi Bridget, the sooner you start to introduce the bottle with breast the better. I am also going back to work in 2 weeks and had to start giving bottle so she would be used to it by the time she goes to playschool.
It was a huge battle initially as she didn't want the bottle, but with a little perceverance she is taking to bottle as well as breast.
They say you shouln't introduce bottle before 6 weeks of age as they might reject your breast thereafter. I have been expressing and feeding out bottle when out and about and breast feeding when at home with no problem.
Good luck. xxx

Bridget - posted on 03/12/2010

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Thanks for that. Its good to know I might start introducing the bottle before I go back to work so I don't get engorged.

Hannah - posted on 03/12/2010

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i breast and bottle fed my little boy for the first 3 weeks but because he was so adamant he didnt want to work for the breast i dried up but he was fine with the combination your body produces most milk and night so aslong as you keep the night time feeds you should be fine altho try cutting out one feed a week rather then chucking him straight onto daytime bottles and you may get mastitis if you dont express a little off during the day and thats bloody painful lol ...hope that helps

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