A feeding question for beastmilk and formula.

Blackwood - posted on 06/18/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Okay, so I don't mean to offend anyone, truely I don't. I never breastfed with my son who is now 22 months old and once we found the right formula it worked out great. I know breastfeeding is the best and most natural thing. However I'm not sure it's for me. (again please I don't mean to offend). I found that bottle feeding was great in our case, my husband likes it becuz he can feed the baby as well, I can get some rest and when people come for a visit I found as soon as I brought out the bottle, they too wanted to feed. My nieces who were 4 and 6 at the time, also enjoyed holding their cousin and feeding him. I have 2 questions:
1: Did any of you breast and formual feed? If so how did that work out for you. I've been told if you are gonna do both, use a lactose free formula so the changing between both isn't hard on thier tummys.
2: I was also wondering about the best pump out there. We were thinking about pumping and feeding with a bottle and not using formula.
Thank you in advance and please remember this isn't a debate on what's better or natural ect. . . Just a questions about formula, breastfeeding and pumps.

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Minnie - posted on 06/18/2011

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Blackwood, it might help to know that human milk is loaded with lactose. It is the bovine protein in the formula that can be allergenic, not the lactose sugar.

If you're planning on pumping full-time I suggest you rent or buy a hospital-grade pump. That's your best bet for maintaining adequate milk production.

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Samantha - posted on 06/18/2011

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1. with my daughter i breast ted for a while but gave her formula aswell, i was uncomfortable bfing infront of my inlaws and in public and eventually just exclusivly bottle fed but pumped and put it in a bottle. problem being that eventually all i got was 2 tablespoons per day. i quite enjoyed that other people could bond wiht her when feeding her, and being on demand 24/7 wasnt for me.

my son will not take a bottle what so ever! i have been exclusivly breastfeeding for almost 5 months now except for the last 3 weeks when hes been on some solids aswell. it is quite demanding, especially when he was cluster feeding for 6 hrs every evening only letting me go for 5 mins before wanting me again. its had its ups and downs but i love breastfeeding him, he is sooo much more gentle than my girl was, and i found a "hooter hider" which allows me privacy even in the middle of the mall food court on a saturday :) it makes it difficult on my husband that i cant even go get my nails done.. he had malachi for 2.5 hrs and he would just screeeaaammm not willing to take a bottle at all! i have tried pumping and putting it in a bottle for him, ive tried putting it in as many different bottles as i could find, ive bought every style of bottle and nipple possible but its a no go...

long story short sorry kinda got carried away typing and watching tv... haha

i have a hand powered pump that i have a love hate realtion ship with... its cool that my 3 yr old can come help me pump but it doesnt get the hind milk out as well as electric pumps or so i have heard as i havnt tried electric...

if you search on the internet there are places that let you test pumps out before you make your decision, i think that would be quite helpful. the ladies can help match the most comfortable pump to your body (taking the shape of your boob nipple etc into consideration)...

i never heard of the lactose free formula idea, but i know that the protein in cows milk could be hard on babies tummies. maybe try out a normal formula and if lil one has issues change over to a diff formula. talk to your pediatrition about that one

Minnie - posted on 06/18/2011

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Don't knock the beastmilk, Krista. It makes wrestlers out of your children.

KAZ - posted on 06/18/2011

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I breastfed for 6 months and started on normal off the shelf formula. I did not use the lactose free. I also gave my hubby a chance to feed him and bond. And of course i got some rest. Baby also slept much better - bonus.

Amanda - posted on 06/18/2011

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I did both with both of my kids. I nursed when I was home and used formula when I was away. (Can you tell it's been a while... I can't remember the name of the formula... Enfamil, I think) I did pump, but I could never pump enough to keep my babies fed while I was at work. It worked out just fine.



As for a pump, I reccommend the Medela Pump-In-Style dual electric. It's on the cheap side, for an electric pump, and it works well.

Krista - posted on 06/18/2011

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Plus, I know it's a typo, but I get a giggle out of the thought of you giving your baby "beastmilk", and him growing to be 7 feet tall with super-strength and an excess of body hair...

Krista - posted on 06/18/2011

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I did both. Due to a breast reduction, I was unable to produce enough to solely breast-feed him.

Like Lisa said, the lactose isn't an issue. You may have to do a bit of trial and error with formulas though. My son was Captain Spitup, so we finally had luck with Enfamil AR.

I rented a hospital-grade Medela pump from my local pharmacy. It was $15 a week, if I recall correctly.

If you can pump into bottles and it goes well enough that you can stick solely with breastmilk, then that's what I would recommend. For starters, it's less expensive, and it's also probably easier on your baby's tummy instead of switching back and forth.

Hayley - posted on 06/18/2011

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I did both with all 3 of mine As long as they're healthy and get fed thats all that matters :)

Lily - posted on 06/18/2011

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Hi! I'm doing both and it's working out fine. I'm not using a lactose-free formula and my daughter doesn't seem bothered at all. I nurse her when I get home from work in between bottle feeds and it's been great for bonding given my crazy work hours. As for pumps, I used the Medela Pump-in-Style. I bought it from the hospital at a discounted price and it worked well.

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