Cant keep up with Breast Feeding, pls help!

Lizanne - posted on 07/21/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I have a 5 week old Baby Boy and he has been bf btw 1 to 2 hours day and night. Days are better than nights he sometimes goes to 3 hourly stretches.



mentally, i cannot keep up anymore and am absolutley exhausted. I want to stop bf and go onto forumula but dont know which one or how to introduce it to him without causing bowl problems. My now toddler or 4 was on Nan but ive heard to stay away from any Nestle products due to the Melamine scare, so that ones out. I have also heard that S26 is so good, but dont know anything about this formula.



I need some urgent advice please as my toddler is also now waking up at all hours due to my baby's feeding.

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Ghislaine - posted on 11/20/2011

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try tigers milk shake
1 cup full cream milk

1/2 cup acidophyllis yoghurt

1 Tablespoon complan powder (or milk powder)

1 banana

honey

1 tsp yeast flakes

+/- ice cream

Mix in a blender. Makes 3-4 cups which you should drink over the day.

The yeast flakes are what increase the "supply" but for anyone out there who wants to increase the "quality" of their milk then use the recipe without the yeast.
it works really well
Breast-shaped is Best - Avent America 9 Oz. Feeding Bottle

Shauna - posted on 11/16/2011

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Well, whatever you decide, your child will be healthy and fine. However, I want you to know that breastfeeding does start to stretch out soon. I know some people start at 3 hour, regular feedings, and I am jealous of that. I was constantly nursing at first, too, but it will get better. In fact, while formula takes a little longer to digest, your baby's stomach is really small and having nourishment constantly is still going to be necessary. But I sure won't judge if you go to formula. If you do, your child will likely hate it at first, and you may need to mix pumped milk with a little bit of formula and then slowly change the ratio until he's all on formula.

Charitty - posted on 11/14/2011

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Did you ever figure out what you want to do? Bf or ff??



I ask because I want to encourage you....

My daughter is twelve months three weeks. She has six teeth in her mouth and yes, I still nurse her four or five times a day!! So having said that....

When we came home from the hospital we had to supplement a lot as I did not make enough, she had a horrible latch, I got mastitis (breast infection that I had for a month!) BUT I am one stubborn mommy.....we made it through it all!!! We took it one day at a time as that was my theme song....one day, one day, please do not rush me! I am thankful today for my stubbornness as it is why we are here twelve months later.....still nursing. : )

You can do it! Just set your mind toward a goal! Mine was just a day. I just kept extending it.

Casey - posted on 11/14/2011

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my baby girl is now 2 months 4 weeks old and I have breastfed the entire time. The daycare has had to give her formula a couple of times because I didnt have enough pumped. I promise it does get easier. It helped to have support through it all. Since her father left us all i have are my parents to help. although it didnt help having my mom tell me all the time it is okay just give her formula when she knew that wasnt what I wanted but quickly it got better and I would not change a thing about it. I didnt think that I was making enough at that point either because it seemed like she was eating all the time and really crabby when she didnt get enough but now I have so much that even after feedings I am able to pump some to send to daycare too.

Crystal - posted on 11/12/2011

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i tryed bf but my son would not latch on so i pumped for 3 months. after i feed him a bottle i pumped till i was dry then about 6 hours latter i was starting to leak so i would pump again till i was dry i did this for 3 months. when i pumped i would end up with 2 8oz bottles on each side. so i kept up with the demand of milk. i had problems with the pumps i got them at walmart the duel so it woulnt take as long but the pumps only lasted a month. so after 3 months we put him on forumla but it was realy expencive we had help with a progrom called wic witch would give me a lot of formula but not enought, i am pregnet again and am thinking about bf again.

Charitty - posted on 11/09/2011

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If you are not making enough milk then I would wonder if you are eating and drinking enough. You need to drink almost a gallon of water a day and eat three good meals wigh two or three snacks throughout the day.
Pumping will help increase supply. Eating oatmeal will increase supply. When in doubt check with LLL or your WIC office as they want nursing moms. Remember your little one may just be growing - more feedings.
Hang in there! It gets easier and we can cheer you on!!

Jennifer - posted on 08/07/2009

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I am not able to produce enough milk for my son so I had to supplement him as soon as we brought him home from the hospital. I have been pumping and am able to give him 3-4 bottles a day of breastmilk and then supplement for the other feedings. He was originally on enfamil lipil but had gas and would spit up all the time. Now he seems to be doing fine with enfamil gentlease ( or you can get target up and up brand for half the price but same ingredients!! they are easier on the tummy ) and I also use Dr. Browns bottles which keeps the air from getting into the breastmilk or formula. He rarely spits up anymore, it's great! I recommend both the formula and the bottles, but a little breastmilk is better then none. Maybe just pump once in the morning and once at night?

Bryn - posted on 08/07/2009

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My son is now 8 weeks old and at 3 weeks we started to introduce 1 bottle of formula before bed time to help him sleep longer. We used SImilac Advance and it is working great. He spits up a little more from formula than breastmilk but takes it very well. My husband would feed him the formula while I would pump breastmilk to store for when I return to work.

Katelyn - posted on 08/04/2009

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First of all I recommend talking with you Ped. about the type of formula that would be hte best for you baby. And have you thought about pumping the milk and giving them as bottles instead of formula. Then you dont even have to worry about formula. OR maybe breastfeed during the day and formula feed at night. That way baby stays full longer at night and you can get more sleep. Plus I know Simulac on their website has a way of easing baby from breast to formula to help make adjustment easier. I am so so sorry you are having such a hard time with it! I hope that this may help some! Hang in there girlie! There is a light at the end of the tunnel!

Heather - posted on 07/29/2009

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It gets better, I promise. As babies get older, they get bigger tummies, and can go further between feeds.

Most formulas will give him bowel problems at first, it's a pretty drastic change from breastmilk. When starting him on formula, if it's causing problems, try to wait at least a week before changing again, it takes a while for the little guys to get it out of their systems.

My first never latched on and was a sleepy feeder , so I pumped for her. With my new LO, he's been latched on since birth. We co-sleep, so the only sleep I miss is when I change his diaper, and the couple seconds it takes to pop a boob in his mouth through the night. It's not the best solution for everyone, but it works best for us (:

Either way you choose, good luck to you and your family :)

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Sometimes newborns go through growth spurts and nurse often for a while, but it quickly fades. Do you swaddle at night? That should keep him sleeping through the night. Also make sure you drink lots of water. Everytime you sit down to nurse, have hubby bring you a glass of water so you can keep up. Hang in there! Nursing is such a great way to bond with your baby! I remember it getting a lot easier after about 8 weeks. La Leche may also have some good advice. Good luck!

Priscilla - posted on 07/25/2009

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I breastfed my first son,and it was not easy for me waking up so many times at nigh but i kept telling myself it good for him it does get easier,now am breastfeeding my second son and its a lot easier.and it save a lot of money buy tons of formula and bottles adds up a lot.

Priscilla - posted on 07/25/2009

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I breastfed my first son,and it was not easy for me waking up so many times at nigh but i kept telling myself it good for him it does get easier,now am breastfeeding my second son and its a lot easier.and it save a lot of money buy tons of formula and bottles adds up a lot.

Lisa - posted on 07/24/2009

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Are you still taking your prenatal vitamins and getting enough calories/water?? Those three things can really affect your energy. Maybe you can give your son formula right before bed. The formula will fill him up more, and both of you will sleep longer. Also, if you pump that feeding, dad gets quality time with your son while he feeds him. Unfortunately, switching to formula, full time, will not solve your exhaustion problem. Formula or breast milk, your son will wake up for early morning feedings. Hang in there, it gets easier and I can guarantee you that you will appreciate having warm milk ready and available to feed your child with out having to warm a bottle of formula.

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You have to really want to breastfeed. It's not easy in the beginning, but honestly I think it is much easier in the long run and we haven't even mentioned the health benefits. You sound like you have a bad latch. Try to get some help. The Le Leche League will help, find the group closest and they will come to your house. Check out for help, this doctor is so good, he will even respond to your emails. http://www.drjacknewman.com/ Also, bf at night in the bed and let the baby sleep with you. If you do let the baby sleep with you, you need to prepare your bed, no blankets or pillows.

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My son is just 3 1/2weeks old and I'm bf-ing him, but my mom told me that formula is much more work than just bf-ing because of boiling the water, sterilizing the bottles, etc. Isn't it just easier to whip out the boob? Unless, of course, by going to formula you'd be able to share feeding responsibilites with someone else.

Jodie - posted on 07/23/2009

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I had to put my bubs on formula as I couldn't keep up with the amount she wanted and she is only 4 weeks old now. I started using S26 as this is what the hospital gave her to begin with also. However speaking to other mums and other doctors S26 is apparnetly the worst formula for constipation. I was giving my bubs extra water in every feed and also some diluted prune juice to help her poo.

I then thought this can't be right so I was going through the shops and just decided to buy Karicare from Birth. It seems to be going great. Seems to be a thicker formula also but without causing constipation. It also isn't as expensive as S26. My little one is drinking 150ml of it and sleeping up to 6 hours. S26 I was lucky to get 4.

Each baby is different but just try a few different ones, but that was my experience with S26 and my sis in law has the same thing and puts Cloxol in every feed.

Lizanne - posted on 07/22/2009

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thanks so much, i think ill do that, breast feed during the day and bottle at night. thanks again

Jacque - posted on 07/22/2009

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My son never learned to latch on well during breastfeeding so I have to pump all my milk. My son was eating so much that I had to supplement formula. I ask the doctor if this would cause any problem and she said no. We use Similac Advanced as well and he has had no bowel problems. So you can give him formula when ever. My son drinks both breast milk and formula. If your wanting to stop breast feeding you have to let your breast get engorged, I know that sucks. But every day wait a little longer and longer before you feed or pump and eventually you will just stop making milk. There was one day that I couldn't pump for like 12 hours, I was painfully engorged and had a large amount of milk when I was able to pump but after that when I pumped I wouldn't get but a oz out of each breast. If your body doesn't think the baby needs the milk then it will stop making it.

Lizanne - posted on 07/22/2009

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thanks, I havent heard of Similac , theres also S26 which ive heard is brilliant and is also very similar to mothers milk? not sure if you know the formula. How do i go about introducing the formula to him, do i wean him by introducing just for night feeds?? im a bit nervous mixing the breast milk and the formula, im worried about upsetting him bowls

Amy - posted on 07/22/2009

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I gave up on breastfeeding and pumping after a month because of low supply and exhaustion (also had mastitis). We started with Similac Advanced Shield, but he had gas problems so we went to Isomil Soy but he didn't like it too much and now we're on Similac Sensitive and it's working out so far. If we could, would've stuck with the Advanced Shield since it's closest to mommy milk.

Lizanne - posted on 07/22/2009

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i have pumped a couple of times but then he lands up sleeping and not wanting to drink, also my breasts get so engourged when i skip a feed and give him the bottle. im mentally exhausted trying to keep up with the night feeds and also keeping my sanity with my 4 year old. Has anyone heard of a formula called ISOMIL??

Jenny - posted on 07/22/2009

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Have you tried pumping? Then someone else can feed baby your milk...if not I've heard that Similac or Enfamil are good formulas.

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