Breastfeeding and formula

Nicole - posted on 07/24/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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I wanted to know if its ok to breastfeed and give formula? I give my 11week old son formula once or twice a week when I feel like hes not getting enough of my brest milk... I nurse him for 45 min and Im not feeling the let down. Do you think its ok for his tummy?

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Rhiannon - posted on 07/24/2009

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At 2 weeks I had a horrible deep set yeast infection that made it very painful to nurse, and so my supply went down and then we felt the need to supplement while i worked on 1) getting rid of the yeast and 2) building back up my supply. Once the infection was under control and my supply started to increase i was down to just 2 oz of formula in the evening. To kick that I had to basically let her nurse all evening for a few days and refuse to give her any more formula. The breast always has even a little milk, even if we don't think it does. I could never pump much, nor have I ever felt much let down, but I seem to be feeding her just fine now at 8 weeks. It is also better now that I am not pumping at all (but I did pump for a while to increase supply). If you are able, I would encourage you to just put him back on whenever he wants it, even if it seems like he just got off! It will eventually stabilize; just believe you have the milk! (If you want to try to increase your supply though there's lots of things you can do). Hope this helps!

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Is it a particular time of day that you feel he is not getting enough? I contemplated formula with both my kids (son is 4 and daughter is 4 months) because they both seemed to want to marathon nurse in the early evening. I felt they were sucking on dry wells, and because they were fussy, I thought they were not getting enough. Keep in mind that your supply is lowest in the early evening (due to stress and fatigue), and often infants have a fussy period at the same time and search for comfort. If you are OK with it, keep nursing - as the previous posters said, it aids in keeping up your milk supply. Having said that, giving him formula is not the end of the world, but I suggest doing it after a nursing session.



Finally, I did find that the fussiness and cluster feeding seems to go away at about 3 months. Good luck!

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Elisa - posted on 08/01/2009

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I also pump my breastmilk and it doesn''t enough for my second baby boy (16 days), so I mix it with the formula especially in the evening.. but I'm so confused that why is my baby 'pup' very a lot every day about 6-10 times a day... which one is get wrong?? my breastmilk or the formula???

Sarah - posted on 07/31/2009

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I have to pump my breastmilk and give it to my daughter via bottle. At night, I usually supplement with a bottle of formula if I don't have enough for the entire day. She is totally fine, and it doesn't seem to upset her tummy at all. If you think your son needs more to fill his tummy then I would go with your instinct...after all...you are his mommy, and the only one who would know! (my daughter is 2mths old and I have been supplementing with formula since she was born, no problems).

Brandi - posted on 07/31/2009

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my son was a 9 lb baby and i had a hard time making enuf for him to get full on.i started suplimenting when he was almosed a month.he has always done verry well that way other than he has a sencativity to formla and it took a wile to find the right one.he is now two mounths and i still breastfeed as oftin as i can.any amount is a good amount.as for not feeling the letdoun sometimes you cant feel it.it hapins all the time to me.just listin for sucking and as long as you can hear him sucking he is still getting something.hope that helped

Sara - posted on 07/31/2009

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Posted by Lisa Moreau (July 24, 4:21 pm)





You must be aware that there are risks to even one bottle.





http://www.circleofmoms.com/track_link.p...





A human baby is born with antibodies already in place, having absorbed them from the placenta. Breast milk dumps another layer of antibodies, primarily secretory IgA, directly into the baby’s gastrointestinal tract. As the baby is nursing, these extra antibodies provide some added protection against infection, but they never get into the blood. In real life, it adds up to about four out of 100 babies having one less incident of diarrhea or vomiting.





I'm sorry to stray from the OP post, but it really burns me when people put up articles like this. You are not a bad mother if you chose to supplement with formula. There is no actual statistical or researched evidence that can be duplicated that suggested that feeding your baby formula will have detrimental effects on them long term. The "Breast is Best" machine presents facts that are not entirely accurate. So go ahead, give that baby some formula if you want to!

Sara - posted on 07/31/2009

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Yes, you can supplement with formula. I had to do it. Ask your pediatrician which brand he recommends. I used Emfamil Lipil. Good Luck!



Formula is not poison...c'mon people!

Nicolle - posted on 07/31/2009

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I have used both with both my boys from day 3 or 4. It's great hubby can have a turn with feeding and the wonderful bonding time that comes from feeding. I always gave them a bottle as the last feed of the day and I had no problem producing milk the rest of the time, I also never had a problem with either boy adjusting between bottle and breast. I say do whatever suits YOU and YOUR family, A happy mummy means a happy baby.

Sarah - posted on 07/30/2009

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I do both, makes life easier. I don't have to worry about breast milk when I leave the house yet I know she's getting what she needs both ways.

Jennifer - posted on 07/26/2009

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of course! Formula has come a long way in the past decade! Obviously breastmilk is our first choice, but our nipples need a break too!

Jessica - posted on 07/24/2009

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I would always encourage someone to breastfeed exclusively if at all possible, but sometimes a mom can get so stressed out over it she can wind up resenting her baby. If you feel that's a possibility, give your little one a bottle so you can continue breastfeeding for the long haul. I sometimes felt so much pain and fatigue after a long day of nursing that I would let my husband give my babies a bottle at night so I could get some rest. They never had any trouble coming back to the breast. I worked, so exclusive breastfeeding was difficult, and I wish I could have done it longer. My little girl nursed for 6 months, and my baby boy for 7. Now that I'm not working anymore, I wish I still had milk to give him. Don't give up. Breastmilk is best!

Lynlee - posted on 07/24/2009

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I would advise just to keep breast feeding - if you start using formula you will make less milk and the problem will continue and possibly get worse. If he is making at least 6 wet nappies each day he is getting enough milk. Some people have problems pumping - I never got more than a few mls in the bottle - it doesnt mean you have no milk if you can't get much out. A pump doesnt suck as hard as a baby does either so you will not be able to get it out more efficiently than your baby can. If you are still concerned, talk to a lactation consultant - they are very helpful. It is also very normal for your baby to be cluster feeding in the evenings as the fat content in your milk reduces over the day and becomes less fulfilling.

Sarah - posted on 07/24/2009

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Breatmilk and formula are fine to do. Many people breastfeed and supplement with formula. You do want to pump more to try to get your milk supply up. But it is not going to hurt to do both breast and formula. Doctors will even recommend that if a baby is not getting enough breastmilk. When my daughter was little she was nursing every hour around the clock. She did that for 2 months. It was extremely hard to keep up with her and there were times I hated feeding time. I swore that when I had my next if that situation arised again I was going to do both breast and formula to keep my sanity. Hang in there and do what you feel is right for your child. As they get a little bit older and you can rest a little inbetween feedings breastfeeding becomes more enjoyable.

Heather - posted on 07/24/2009

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I have been doing the same thing, My baby was born weighing 6lbs 13oz her 2 day check up she weighed 6lbs 3oz. That worried me but I continued to exclusively breastfeed. At her 2 week appointment she weighed 6lbs 10oz and she should have been above her birth weight by then so I decide to do formula and breast. In 5 days she gained 9oz so apparently I am not making enough milk. I pump and only get 1/2 oz out of each and sometimes 1 oz outta each. If some one could tell me what I could do so that I can breast feed her exclusively again I would appreciate it! The pump hurts so bad that I can not continue to pump :(

Nicole - posted on 07/24/2009

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He is fussing and sucking away like crazy and still nothings coming out! i pump when im not feeding and i only get 1 or 2 oz from each breast. Breastfeeding is not easy.. Im not going to give up! thanks for the advice

Jayme - posted on 07/24/2009

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If you supplement him you will make LESS milk. So either pump (which never worked for me) or nurse, nurse, nurse :0) Nursed my first 2 for 12+ months and my son is now 7 months old and is weaning himself now that we started food. I use formula with him in a sippy cup, and mix in the formula with his baby food. I have had no issues with tummy trouble what so ever. He is having normal and consistant bm's. He still nurses before bed and 1st thing in the morning. Hope this helps.

Jordan - posted on 07/24/2009

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giving formula and breastfeeding is totally fine. if you are worried about it you could mix some of your breastmilk with his formula, it is supposed to make the formula easier on their tummies. i didn't always feel a let down either, but as long as he seems fulfilled and is gaining weight nursing him should be enough. you just have to do what you think is best.

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no matter what you think he is getting enough breastmilk. it will hurt his tummy to go back and forth so much. store your breatmilk too. whenever he is hungry, nurse him.

Jessica - posted on 07/24/2009

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If he's not fussing after he's done eating he's probably getting plenty of breastmilk. You don't always feel the let down, I hardly ever did and my kiddos had plenty to eat. I would suggest giving your son the lead, if he seems hungry or is losing weight then it might be a good idea to supplement but if seems satisfied then stop worrying. Also, if his bowel movements are about the same and he's not throwing up then the formula isn't bothering his tummy.

Minnie - posted on 07/24/2009

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What makes you 'feel' he's not getting enough milk? That he's nursing very frequently? That's normal. That's how he stimulates your breasts to make more milk.



You must be aware that there are risks to even one bottle.



http://www.health-e-learning.com/article...



You don't have to feel a let down to have one. Breasts are not buckets that get empty. They make more milk, and faster, when baby nurses more often and longer. Your son can satisfy his caloric requirements by nursing more frequently and for longer periods.

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