can my 8 wk old have formula at night and breast milk durning the day

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Louann - posted on 05/02/2009

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Yes, I did that with my daughter. I mixed half breast milk and half formula at night so the taste was not extremely diffrent. worked like a charm

Tina - posted on 05/02/2009

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I did that too with my daughter but ended up having supply problem and then a lactation nurse told me that your milk supply is higher at night and if you don't breast feed during that time it will decrease so my advice to you is make sure to at least pump once late at night and early in the morning to keep your supply up. I BF my son as well before my daughter and never had no problem with supply but I did take him to bed with me and I would kind of doze off while bf and I never had to supplement him. I need to say that I had 4 kids 2 that were bottle feed and 2 BF and they all slept through the night by the 1 month old, there wasn't much of a difference.
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Cara - posted on 05/03/2009

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I agree with the women on here who say that it could effect your milk supply, but one thing that hasn't been said is that if you are breast feeding (from the breast, not breast milk in a bottle) and giving formula in a bottle at night, it can cause nipple confusion. With my son we had to supplement him with formula from birth, as well as breast feeding. By 8 weeks I had to stop because he got very upset while breast feeding, as he had to work harder for milk then with a bottle. It was a tough time for us both, I would get frustrated, he was unhappy. And I was upset that I had to stop breast feeding. (although I did find life a little easier with a bottle!) This is why a lot of the books say not to do both at the same time.

Tammy - posted on 05/02/2009

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i feed my son a mix of breastmilk and forumula.... he also gets bottles of formula when i take my meds since i dont want him getting any of the narcotics i have to take while i wait to have surgery snd he's doing well

Angela - posted on 05/03/2009

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if your happy with that absolutly. i did that with my son and it didn't cause him any problems, also meant that i could get people to babysit or my partner could get up for the night feeds till he started sleeping through.

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Helen - posted on 05/03/2009

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that is exactly what i did. it is fine as long as breast feeding is established. My little man slept through the night from 5 weeks ( a week after we started giving him formula at night)

Jamie - posted on 05/03/2009

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I did that with my first child and it was fine, the only thing was that it did not take long and she did not want to nurse at all because it was much easier to drink from the bottle. But I know the bottle in the night is much faster, I feel for you. Good luck.

Lindsey - posted on 05/02/2009

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you can do it but WATCH OUT! it will really lower your supply it happen to me and i ended up having to stop breast feeding i should have contacted a lactation person but i could have boosted my supply back up with some TIME but i was stupid and didn't and regret it so much but im glad i did breast feed her as long as i did but just don't let your supply go and you can pump even and give it to your baby...



and if u talk to all the drs and such they will tell you the amount they eat has nothing to do with how they sleep they will sleep all night when their brain is develped enough to do so i guess i don't believe it but when i breastfed and bottle fed too it didn't make her sleep any longer either way



so just keep your supply up soon enough your baby will be sleeping all night and ull get LOTS of sleep..:) good luck!

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As long as your daughter takes a bottle you should have no problem. Watch for constipation, which can happen when formula is first introduces to some babies (this will make the night-waking worse).

I would caution however that if you intend to continue breastfeeding beyond the next few weeks, supplementing - especially overnight - will seriously decrease your supply. The feedings between midnight-4am have a big impact on your milk supply, so you might have to wake up to pump anyway.

Kylie - posted on 05/02/2009

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When my sons was 8 weeks old we gave him a formula feed for his 10 o'clock and bingo, slept through till 6am ! Was great and I also thing sleeping through early builds good sleep patterns. The only downside is that it can affect your supply - however I guess you just have to choose what works for you ! I think any situation can be handled better with sleep so for me the down side was worth the sleeping through !

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You can do that, but 8-week-olds don't necessarily sleep very long anyway. One way to get more sleep is to bring her to bed with you -- that way when she wakes up needing to eat, all you have to do is roll over and pull up your shirt. :-) [Of course, make sure that it's a safe sleeping environment -- no water-bed, don't take any drugs including OTC meds like Benadryl, no alcohol, no toddlers, etc. -- anything that might allow an adult or child to roll over onto the baby unawares.]

Also, be aware that if formula doesn't agree with the baby, she may not sleep as well if she gets a tummy-ache or something.

Helga - posted on 05/02/2009

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Yes!! I did that with all 4 of my children. I never seemed to have "enough" breast milk to keep them satisfied so I started feeding them formula before I put them down for the night. It worked great!! The ALL started sleeping through the night at an early age (within about 4-6 weeks) and they still had my breast milk during the day (or at least once during the day) to supply all those antibodies they needed. Don't worry.

Stephanie - posted on 05/02/2009

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I did that with my daughter. I also pumped when I fed her formula & froze it for later. worked great. & she slept all night, ever night since the day we brought her home from the hospital.(she's now 3)

Mel - posted on 05/02/2009

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thats fine to do most people i know do breast milk and formula it helps the mum to get sleep and time to herself if others can do feeds. the formula will help her to sleep longer and also you can try some rice cereal in her bottle or spoon feeding it before bed if you like x

Sheri - posted on 05/02/2009

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Just make sure your milk doesn't start drying up. It's been a while since I breastfed but I seem to recall that if you are taking breaks your production can slow down. I'm sure someone can post whether this is true. But just keep an eye on it. Good luck-the sleep deprivation is hard but won't last forever!

Paula - posted on 05/02/2009

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I give my son breast milk during the day and formula at night. He seems fine.

Amanda - posted on 05/02/2009

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yeah even if you just mixed the breast milk half and half with the formula that would help her sleep as well
How many ounces at a time does your child have? and how often?
Cause if you feel they aren't feeling satisfied from eating then maybe give more at a time .
But remember your baby is still really young.
you still have a while yet till they get into a sleeping schedule , It's hard to deal with .
But thats the sacrifice you make becoming a new mommy.
Good luck though.

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