Breastfeeding and formula? Is it ok?

Alanna - posted on 05/29/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I'm wondering if it's normal or ok to breastfeed and incorporate formula into my daughters diet!

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Kelly - posted on 05/29/2009

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As a mom who couldn't produce enough milk to satify either of my children I switched back and forth from breast milk to formula. It was great for my kids. The formula helped them gain weight, but I still had the benefits of bonding through breast feeding and giving them all of its benefits.

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Maryanne - posted on 05/29/2009

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I, too, have fed with breastmilk and formula simutlaneously. I couldn't produce enough milk to satisfy either of my girls so I did both from the start. As long as the baby is satisfied, nothing else matters.

Courtney - posted on 05/29/2009

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It's fine to do both, but just remember...you will have to ween her off of both! A friend of mine bottle fed only and her sone is over 2 and WILL NOT give up the bottle!! My step mother breast and formula fed my little sister and she is almost 3 and she STILL uses a bottle too!! She also wouldn't give up the breast until she was a little over 2!! Just be careful in what you choose, cuz it could prove problematic later! My daughter got only breats, which she weened herself, but I also gave her a pacifier and that was HELL to ween her from!!! I woud have prefered weening her from a bottle!!!!! Everything can have its price in the end, but health wise your fine in doing both!!

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Yes, it is perfectly normal and okay, if you are not producing enough milk to ensure the weight gain neccessary. Breastfeeding is supply and demand, so if you give formula instead of breastfeeding, you will decrease your supply. I did not produce enough milk and supplemented each feeding with formula, but I breastfed first and then finished filling her tummy with formula.

Jessica - posted on 05/29/2009

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Yes it is perfectly normal. I wish I could have done both but by the time we found out my son was lactose intolerant my milk had dried up

Esther - posted on 05/29/2009

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Absolutely!! I had real trouble nursing (not to mention the fact that I didn't like it at all) but I did want to give my son the benefit of breast milk. So I pumped and bottle fed my son breastmilk from when he was about a week old until I stopped when he was just over 6 months old. However, I found the pressure to produce enough milk very stressful and my son was also not sleeping well and I had heard that they sometimes sleep longer on formula than on breastmilk (because it takes longer to digest and they feel full longer). So from when he was about 3 weeks old I started giving him one bottle of formula every night before bed. This way, I could build up a bit of a reserve of breastmilk in the freezer for those days where he was especially hungry, I didn't produce that much or when I coulnd't pump as frequently as normal. It made a big difference for me and it also made the transition to all formula at 6 months much easier. You just have to do what works for you.

Sarah - posted on 05/29/2009

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For the first 3 months of my daughter's life, I did this. She was born 6 weeks premature & never latched on properly, no matter how hard I tried. I pumped & fed her formula. I eventually switched over to formula because I could no longer keep up with her feeding demands.

Jen - posted on 05/29/2009

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My daughter was breast and formula fed from day one. She never had nipple confusion and never refused either (until my supply slowed down at 6 months). I made the choice to do both in order for my husband to be able to participate in night feedings. I mostly breast fed, but she did have at least 1 bottle a day. If your daughter hasn't had formula at all yet you may need to mix some breast milk and some formula in order for her to get used to the new taste.

LeeAnn - posted on 05/29/2009

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I've always done it. I have twins and have supplemented with formula from the start. My son stopped breastfeeding at 11 months and my daughter has continued, so I pump for my son and give the breastmilk to him along with formula. My kids are very healthy and satisfied.

Laurie - posted on 05/29/2009

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just be aware that breast milk is very much supply and demand. the more bottles of formula you give your baby the less milk your breasts will produce, leading some to believe they haven't enough milk. you could try expressing milk to build a supply for bottle feeds (so you will still be stimulating milk production).

Chasity - posted on 05/29/2009

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I was told it was fine. Especially since I couldn't get my daughter to latch on. I did a lot of pumping. When I couldn't do it anymore the dr. suggested I start giving some bottles of formula while finishing my frozen supply of breast milk. Gracie did just fine. Just remember that generic formula is just as good as the expensive stuff. Let me know if you have any other questions. I have 2 girls. One had breast milk to start with and the other was a formula baby from the beginning. Good Luck

Keloni - posted on 05/29/2009

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yes very much so ou just have to make a scheudle like 8:00am breast 11:00am breast 2:00pm breast 5:00 bottle 8:00pm bottle 11:00pm bottle ect... that way the baby will still get full because breast milk is more filling u don't want to confuse the baby

Amber Campbell- - posted on 05/29/2009

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Absolutely...just be aware though that at first she might get a little constipated. Its completely normal though. I have done this with both my kids and it helps them transition when you are done nursing so much easier. it is also nice if you don't havv time to pump but needdtteave her with a babysitter too!

Kim - posted on 05/29/2009

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My daughter's doctor actually suggested that I do this because I was having trouble getting her to eat enough when breastfeeding....I'm pretty sure that it's ok to do this because then the baby gets all he nutrition it needs.

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