Breastfeeding and Supplementing with Formula

Amanda - posted on 04/19/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hello, I solely Breastfed my Daughter until she was 6 weeks old, I then began to supplement with formula, due to several outings and not being able to always breast feed her. I'm wondering if anyone else is supplementing? If so how exactly are you doing so?, such as do you breast feed certain times a day or do you breast feed for a while and then give a small additional formula bottle? I guess my question is how often do you feed your child formula? and how often do 3 months old who are eating formula and breast milk eat a day? Thank you

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Keri - posted on 05/06/2011

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I supplemented for the first year with my oldest. He would nurse one feeding and get formula the next, unless there were more than 2 hours between feedings. Then he would just breastfeed. The feeding schedule should stay about the same. There might be a little more time between feedings as formula takes longer to digest, but on the whole the number of feedings should stay about the same. If you are wanting to stop the formula you can eliminate one bottle every couple of days until she is only breastfeeding again.

Ania - posted on 05/05/2011

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I just want you to know that if you start your baby giving formula she will wean herself from the brest early. If that's what you want to do than start supplementing, but if you want to breastfeed for a year or longer it may not last

Mandi - posted on 04/20/2011

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Have you considered pumping your milk for the times you can't nurse her? You can really mess with your supply if you decide to supplement...but I've read that other mothers have done it successfully, at least for a few months. You might consider looking into this more -try LaLeche League:)

Cassie - posted on 04/19/2011

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I have never supplemented my kids with formula, but I am a daycare provider who has bottle fed plenty of babies. The best thing is to look for your baby's clues to see when she is satisfied. I think your biggest worry, like any breastfeeding mother, is if your baby is getting enough. Believe me she will let you know when she's hungry. What you should really do is call your lactation consultant from your hospital or your pediatrician. I prefer the lactation consultant because some doctors can be bias one way or the other. The lactation consultants, in my experience, are more understanding.

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