Alison - posted on 02/05/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )
My son is three months old and I've been exclusively breastfeeding him since his birth. He's gained weight very well and is totally average for boys his age. He's always been a quick and vigorous eater. He can usually drain both my breasts in 15 minutes. I love breastfeeding and my goal has been to do it exclusively until he's six months.
However, every once in a while he has a feeding where he doesn't seem totally satisfied afterward, even though he drains me. I've tried pumping with my Medela to make sure he's eaten all he can and there may be a couple drops left and that is it. But he scream and cry after for several minutes. This combined with certain moments when I wish I could just use a bottle of formula (example, I have a 13 year old brother-in-law I don't feel comfortable feeding in front of even with a cover...and several times I've found myself in a bathroom stall in restaurants and things which is annoying).
I'm just wondering if I should supplement with a bottle of formula once in awhile if the situation arises, but still primarily breastfeed. I also heard that it's okay to mix some formula in with expressed breastmilk to make a complete bottle.
I was wondering if any of you occasionally supplement with formula, and if you do, how old was your baby and what advice do you have to offer?