What made you decide to go from breastfeeding to formula?

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Iysha - posted on 07/29/2009

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BTW.. KATE CAPEHART- Breast feeding just isn't for everyone, sometimes it's just easier to formula feed. I was kinda hurt by you saying that when moms dont want to breastfeed again it makes you want to cry... like if it's a bad thing. I personally never tried super hard to breastfeed because I had a preemie who had trouble eating, even with a bottle. I didn't want my baby to stay at the NICU just so I could force her to breastfeed. There are other forms of bonding other than breastfeeding. What does it matter if a baby is bottle fed or breastfed anyway? Either way, the baby has a full tummy.

Natasha - posted on 07/28/2009

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At 4 months I went back to school and because he was such a big baby he was wanting milk every 2 hours, so i would have to run across the road in the middle of a lecture to the day care to feed him. I tried expressing more milk daily, but it was so difficult and I always had to run across the road. So I made the decision, school was for our future and our future is more important to me than breast milk, he still got fed breast at home, but got formula at day care.

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Rebecca - posted on 08/04/2009

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my milk didnt come in and my son jake was very hungry at 5 days old that i demanded the midwife get me a bottle.

it took a total of 2.5weeks for my mile to finally come in and by that stage jake wouldnt go anywhere near my boobs so for 2weeks i wore the tightest bra i hd so that the milk would dry up.

Cindy - posted on 08/04/2009

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Kyla would not latch properly. In the hospital I got various advice that worked for one feed. I also had to use a nipple protector thing which apparently would help her to latch as it made my nipple longer. In the end my nipples were bleeding after 3 days. When I got home from the hospital we couldn't get her to latch so we gave her formula. I now express and do formula, but I wasn't given much information on expressing and didn't do it enough, and now after only 3 weeks my milk is already drying up. I think this could also be due to my breast reduction. Anyway - she is doing really well on the formula, so I can't complain.

Katrina - posted on 08/04/2009

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My body didn't produce enough milk and i was getting really worried / stressed that my lil boy was not getting enough as he was not putting on much weight. I always tried expressing and still did not get that much. I was doing half BF and hald FF....if i was not satisfied with how he went on me i would give him a top up of formula. After a few weeks i was exhausted and just getting too upset so i just went to formula 100% and he was gaining weight which was gr8 and took to the bottle fine!

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My son was in the NICU for 5 weeks. I pumped while he was in the hospital, but I wasn't allowed to breastfeed until he was 4 weeks old because the doctors wanted to be able to measure how much he was eating, and at that point he just wasn't interested in trying to eat from anything other than a bottle. I pumped for another 2 months before I just gave up on the pumping. I had a good supply of frozen milk built up that he didn't use while in the hospital, so I weaned him off gradually, and at 4 months he has just started to eat all formula bottles. It makes me sad that I stopped, but it was just what was best for us-I was too tired to get anything done or to even be sane while I was trying to pump, take care of him, and finish my degree.

Rebecca - posted on 08/03/2009

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Currently my son breastfeeds. He eats lotts of foods but does not recive any supplemented formula feedings. I work in surgery and dont always get out to pump. But since before he was born i was committed to breastfeeding.I also have breast implants so i was even more comited to making it work. Sure it was difficult and a bit painful at first. And it can be a bit inconvient, but i love it! he loves it it is the only thing that i can give my son that no one else can give him.i hope to continue to breastfeed till atleast his first b-day. I dont critisize anyone for chossing formula, but it does take alot of dedication and perservience.

Sarah - posted on 08/03/2009

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i tried breastfeeding my daughter once at the hospital and what made me decide not to after that 1 feeding was the lactation nurse constantly touching my breast and not respecting me when i said "please dont touch me". i wasn't too sure i would be comfortable with it in the first place and that nurse completely turned me off from the idea.

Rose - posted on 08/03/2009

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My daughter is 7 months old and Im just trying to wean her off of breastfeeding now. I feel 7 months is long enough and at least my partner can help out a bit more now, and it gives me a bit of a break. I will miss breastfeeding though.

Erica - posted on 08/01/2009

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with my first son he didn't get the concept of latching on. I tried for 3 months! but i was unsuccessful. When i had my second i didn't have high expectations but he took right to he nursed the moment he was born! I didnt start to supplement with him until he was 10 months old when i went back to work. It was harder breaking him of the breast-feeding than the bottle when he turned 1! He started walking around "talking" and breastfeeding just got a little weird! i made it to the 1 yr mark though

Cynthia - posted on 07/31/2009

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well with my daughter she would still be hungry after a feeding @ about 4 months so das when i decided t give her formula den about 2 wks after i added cereal in her milk... am pretty sure i wud have kept breast feeding her until a yr old if it weren't 4 her still being hungry....

Jennifer - posted on 07/31/2009

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My son wont latch on and because he won't latch on i stop producing milk so ive had to suplement

Stevie - posted on 07/31/2009

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he wouldnt take after we left the hospital no matter how hard i tried to get him to he just wouldnt so i pumped for as long as i could which was like a few days i didnt make any milk but next kid i want to try something different and get a much different pump and pump asap and see if that will help my milk supply and pray the next will take better

Samantha - posted on 07/31/2009

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The one thing I had my heart set on was breastfeeding. Unfortunately a combination of difficulty latching on, being painful, and lack of supply made it hard to exclusively breastfeed so I suplemented with formula. Well a few weeks after giving birth I had to have a procedure done on my heart and my milk just dried up...I completely stopped producing milk. I was devastated and it made me feel like I couldn't take care of my son. But then I realized that he didn't care what he was drinking and he was developing and putting on weight without the breastmilk so I stopped beating myself up over it. Hopefully it will work out next time.

Kris - posted on 07/31/2009

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There were several reasons why I went to formula. One: I was still breastfeeding her but also giving her formula because I have inverted nipples(sorry if tmi) and she wasn't able to latch on Two: I got a horrible infection in my milk duct and I had to stop breastfeeding until it was cleared up and it seemed by that the milk in my breast just stop flowing. It would be my wish that my next child I'll be able to successfully breastfeed now that I had experience and know what to do

Amanda - posted on 07/31/2009

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I tried really hard to breastfeed after my son was born but he was really underweight and wasn't latchnig properly. I pumped for a couple of weeks (relatively unsuccessfully) while supplementing with formula. I just decided to make the complete switch-over and now, he's super healthy and happy. Glad I did it.

Jaime - posted on 07/31/2009

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I breast fed my Son for the first three weeks and then switched to formula exclusively. I had been supplementing formula with breast milk from day one, but my milk supply was low, my Son suffered from acid reflux and he had colic too. I am a single Mom, so the cost factor was my number one reason for breast feeding because I was always prepared to switch if it did not work out...but three weeks is all that I could mentally, emotionally and physically withstand and I do not regret switching. I too will likely formula feed any future children, as I did not enjoy breast feeding and could have saved my Son a lot of stress by switching sooner than I did. Although breast feeding is the number one recommended nutrition for infants, it is not something that is right for every mother and subsequent child. Formula feeding is just as nutritional and I feel that it deserves just as much support as breast feeding. We have lots of community support groups to advocate for breast feeding but we need the same support for formula feeding as well. Lots of mothers on COM are passionate about breastfeeding and I think that is wonderful, but lots of moms are equally as passionate about bottle feeding and that is just as wonderful.

Becky - posted on 07/31/2009

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I had decided to breast and bottle feed while I was pregnant but ended up having a c-section. It was so hard to get comfortable because I was in so much pain. We tried several times but he just wasn't getting enough and I was going thru so much pain. We gave up trying after several long hours and gave him formula. It was bitter-sweet but it just worked better for us.

Casey - posted on 07/31/2009

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I was miserable. All I was doing is feeding her. I didn't have time to eat or do anything else. I wanted to play and love my baby. With me, not eating and being sooo stressed, I felt like it was more important for Darci to have a happy, healthy mom who had time for her.

Brittney - posted on 07/31/2009

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Well my daughter was 2 mths old when i tried to go back to work. I was extremely exhausted. I was only getting 1 hour of sleep every 4 hours. Not nearly enough. I had to stay up 2 hours just to pump what all i could so my hubby could feed her while i was at work and because i couldnt straight breastfeed cause we had to keep track of how much she was eating..so i had to pump and then put it in a bottle for her. so that meant getting up an hour before her. Well a lil over 2 mths my milk just kind of dried up..i had nothing more to give her. So thats when i decided i need to go ahead and get her on formula.

Lexie - posted on 07/31/2009

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Still breastfeeding at 6 months. I'm going back to work next week, but I get up in the middle of the night to pump (she sleeps through) and I will pump at work, so she will still have enough milk. I hope to continue for a year!

Samantha - posted on 07/31/2009

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i had to go back to work and once i was there i tried to use the pump but i started not producing enough milk so i had to switch.

Maggie - posted on 07/31/2009

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I decided at 4 months to go to formula because my son was always VERY hungry and had to wake at night to feed still at 4 months. I had gone through all the pain trying to get him to latch and it didn't hurt anymore but I was just sooooooooo tired. I had a 16 month old as well at the time and I just couldn't continue to miss anymore sleep, it was really catching up to me!

Rocelle - posted on 07/31/2009

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I had ups and downs with breastfeeding. With my first child, she had low blood sugar at birth, so they had her up in NICU for a day and had to be formula feed to boost up the low sugar, but she still breastfeed for me even with being on the formula. Now when I was sent home my nipples were crack, sore, bleeding and I was a c-section recoverey. So I tried the formula at home. She stayed up all nite puking form it. I didnt know it at the time but she couldnt have milked based formula. So even with sore as hell nipples I went back to breastfeed. After a week or so they healed and I learned how to breastfeed correctly. At about 1 month when I was going back to school we tried formula again to see if she would drink it. Well she did then wouldnt stop puking again. This time we went to hospital. They said she couldnt have Milk based formula. So after that I breastfeed for 3 months then put her on soy formula. I just couldnt pump enough for when I was away. She did not do well on formula. I hated the stuff. She had many bowel problems and it wasnt until she was 9 months old that I was able to find a happy medium with the juice and formula to fix the bowel problems. I didnt want to start juice so early, but I didnt have a choice. So for her breastfeed until she could be on milk would have been the better option. Now my son did beautfully from the second he was born. He latched on immedately, and breastfeed for a solid 5 1/2 months until I had to switch him cause I couldnt pump enough milk because he was pulling me dry at the end of every feeding. SO I had to stop, but had no problems with him, no crack nipples, no colic no problem weight gaining AND he could have milk based formula with no problems at all. So I breastfeeding and will do so with every single one of my children, cause my experience was great. Wasnt great with formula both times, but the second time around I had no problems with the change over with my son.

Anna - posted on 07/30/2009

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Complete and utter anxiety and depression - not a good combination when you are trying to calm a baby down - formula was a life saver for me - with all 3 of my babies. Haven't regreted it for a minute!

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i fed my daughter for 7 weeks before i was told i was starving her she was just over her birth weight i went to a feeding consultant but was told that even with drugs i would have to supplement feed but by this stage i hated feeding so that was that i was very upset for a long time but hey you do get over it and with my son i feed for two weeks went on the drugs but got side afects and i was feeding him for 1 hour on boob 30 mins on bottle and expressing 20 mins all up every three hours with a two year old and a new born{he is now 8 weeks} so we stopped i am upset and i do miss the closeness but both my kids love me and i love them we are all happy and healthy and we found other ways to bond

Brittany - posted on 07/30/2009

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My daughter was cluster feeding and was really hungry in the evenings. When my mom came to visit and she was 1.5 wks old, Mom gave her a bottle of formula that the hospital sent home with us. Forevermore after that, I just couldn't keep up with production and she completely lost interest at 4 months old.

Allegra - posted on 07/30/2009

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My body wouldn't produce enough milk for even one feeding a day with either of my children so I decided it wasn't worth the pain to try anymore when i wasn't getting anywhere. Also, my first child,a boy, was born tongue tied so he couldn't latch so I'd have to try to pump to feed him.

Sarah - posted on 07/30/2009

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I breast-fed for about 3 months. My son wasn't satisfied with the amount of milk he was getting directly from my breast. So I basically pumped the milk out and feed it to him in a bottle, the heavier flow of the bottle did the trick. After 3 months my boobs were tired of working over time.

Emma - posted on 07/30/2009

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My son was great at breastfeeding, but I found it too painful after a couple of weeks. Then my nipples started bleeding and he coughed up blood once, I stopped after that, it scared me. But he did gain all his birth weight back very quickly, I feel good about my choice.

Nicole - posted on 07/30/2009

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After about six weeks of breastfeeding I stopped producing enough milk to keep up with my sons needs so I decided to stop, six weeks is better then nothing!

Nicole - posted on 07/30/2009

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My son got bad jaundice and had to go back into the hospital at 2 days old. He went on more formula then to flush his system. Then, when I went back to work I didn't have time or space to pump and my milk dried up.

Lyndsay - posted on 07/29/2009

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My son was born at 36 weeks and he was a little bit jaundiced, so he was really sleepy and didn't bother latching on. I had to finger feed him through a tube with formula to teach him how to suck. I pumped breast milk for the first week so he would get all the colostrum, then I decided just to formula feed.

Jeannette - posted on 07/29/2009

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When are little dimple darlings are getting teeth, or with my daughter had a very strong jaw so every time she would lach on it was very painfull, so it was kind of a no brainer for me, you know you can also pump then put it in the bottle to make her transition a little easier,it worked for me,it might work for you to.

Kate - posted on 07/29/2009

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mine latched on just fine, but i had to have gallbaldder surgery when she was 6 weeks, i had to be on antibiotics han pain killers by than my milk was dried up.most quit if they cant get the baby to latch on right, or it just hurts.

Kathy - posted on 07/29/2009

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my daughter desided and my son was not thriving on it so i had to switch he was a big baby and from the start i had to give him formula every other feeding i breastfeed both for 5 month my daughter was close to 6 though.

Jessica - posted on 07/29/2009

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A few reasons but overall I didn't think my son was getting enough- he is a was a big boy!! And when I whiched to formula he seemed happier! We both were! Before I was breast feeding him for an hour at a time and he ate every hr. so I was literally breast feeding half the day- not even counting when I was pumping!! It was too much! Also he stayed asleep and wasn't hungry near as much! Instead of feeding for an hour it only took mins to feed him and he was sound asleep- happily too! Not that it doesn't work for everyone, I do think it's important to at least try if that's what you want to do, but it was just about the same story w. my 1st but I lasted a couple more weeks and he wasn't quite as big or needed as much as my 2nd did.

Brittany - posted on 07/29/2009

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I choose to put him on the breast at first because i knew it was healthier for him and about three weeks later I choose to put him on the formula because it's easier when you work and have to go to school.

Iysha - posted on 07/29/2009

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No matter how often I pumped, I would never make enough milk for even one feeding. The doctor at the NICU prescribed formula to help feed my baby while I continued to try to build up my milk supply. So, I have been using part formula, part breat milk and am planning on going to straight formula once I go back to work. Formula is a lot easier to deal with when we go out anyway.

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my son was around 3-4 months old when i switched him to all formula. in the hospital he did great with breast feeding, and the 6 weeks while i was off of work. when i went back to work, i would pump as much as i could at night, but it wasnt enough for him during the morning. i worked 3 miles from home and would come home for lunch to feed him and then pump before i left. but my husband ended up having to formula feed most of the day. there werent any facilities on the military base where a new mother could go to pump, (except if i were to sit in the bathroom) so i started waking up extra early to pump, as well as coming home during lunch to pump and at night. when he was about 3 1/2 months old he started playing more then sucking and it got very stressful that he wouldnt breast feed anymore. so we switched him to formula 100%. he was born 2 weeks early and was a small 6 1/2 lbs. he was even too small to fit in premie clothes. but now, he is a happy healthy 19 month old, over 96th percentile for height and weght, at 27 lbs and over 34 inches tall.

User - posted on 07/29/2009

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I just didn't have enough milk :( The first month of my baby girl's life, i had a lot of milk, more than enough. But then all of the sudden, there just wasn't any more left. But my daughter is great with the bottle, and she loves it, so that's good. I kind of miss breastfeeding though... But what to do, if there is no milk, there is no milk.

Abigail - posted on 07/29/2009

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My daughter had a hard time latching and it made it painful so I pumped. But I ended up having PPD and needed to be medicated and it dried my milk up sadly. We put her on one with DHA in it and all the omegas :)

Shannon - posted on 07/29/2009

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I was 17 years old when I tried breastfeeding. The 48 hours I was in the hospital I had to wake my daughter up every 2 hours to feed her per the nurse, but as soon as she latched on she would take a few sucks and fall back to sleep. Tried everything to keep her awake to feed, but nothing worked. The night I came home she was so hungry that she woke up every 1/2 hour crying, and she would do the same thing once she latched on. So I called my mom the next morning and asked her to pick up some formula. I don't know why she kept falling asleep while breast feeding, but didn't with a bottle.

Mel - posted on 07/29/2009

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i am serious yes Kate but its just my own personal opinion. if you chose not to formula feed that is youir choice as well. I just happen to think formula is better for me and any of my kids. i really do not like the idea of the depression that comes with breast feeding and the stress on baby. my friend went straight to formula when hers was born never wanted to breast feed and i commend her for that. but every body is entitled to thier own opinion and i realise some people may not like mine but i just dont want another FTT bubba and unfortunately my selfish ness and being so uninformed at the start was time she could have been spent on formula being happy and gaining weight. i wont risk FTT with the next. i intend to use formula for the calories.

Mel - posted on 07/29/2009

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tessa - we used to do that too giive ours a syringe of thickener with the bottle, she hated the taste so unfortunately her working herself up made her throw up anyway

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I like that there is no negativity in this thread towards formula.

It was impossible for me to breastfeed so I pumped for the first three months, my milk started to decline so my son went onto formula

Jessica - posted on 07/29/2009

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My son wouldn't latch on properly so he was combination fed. after 6 weeks I had to return to work and couldn't do the whole getting up in the nite to nurse aswell as a 32 hour a week job thing. Aswell as pumping for very little milk. It was causing serious emotional, mental and physical stress. So thats why I switched to just formula.

Tessa - posted on 07/29/2009

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My daughter had reflux so we were told by our GP to feed her a thickner by syringe before her feeds. When we started we didn't realise she had a cold and so was eating less meaning she filled up on the gel and then drank less breast milk. By the time she got better, my milk supply had dropped so low that there just wasn't enough to satisfy her. I fully regret not pushing through with breast feeding.

Jennifer - posted on 07/29/2009

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my milk dried up after a few wks so i had no choice but as long as the child is happy and healthy it doesn't really matter when the change from breast milk to formula occurs

Tara - posted on 07/29/2009

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well I switched from breastfeeding to high fat soy milk with my last daughter around 11 mths, because she would bite me at least 3-4 times a day. We would be relaxed it gave me a moment to take a break from my day for 15 minutes, but when she started to bite me (and she thought it was funny too) I would just sit there and stare at her flinching at every move in anticipation that she might bit me again or draw blood.. So no more breastmilk for little Morgan. She was almost one year anyway;)

Keera - posted on 07/28/2009

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I never actually "breastfed" at all, my son was born tongue tied but the doctors wouldn't cut it, they wanted to see if he could stretch it by him learning to poke his tongue out, so it prevented him from being able to latch and suck properly, i did expess and bottle feed for 7 weeks but lost my milk supply so i put him on formula, the doctors did offer me prescription medication to build up my milk supply but i prefered to give him formula rather than give him expessed breast milk tainted with prescription medication. He is now 9 months old and his tongue is 100% and he is very very healthy.

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