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Jessica - posted on 06/13/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hi, My name is Jessica and I have a 7 week old son named Ian. I intended to exclusively breast feed but due to a surgery I had to have and some other issues that have caused me to have to go days (4 days once, a whole week the 2nd time) without bfeeding (pumping and dumping) I have to supplement with formula but I have been able to get it down to about one bottle a day. =) any tips on anything I can do to be able to eliminate that bottle and being able to exclusively breastfeed again? My supply just won't keep up with my son's demand

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I would ditch that bottle completely and supplement, instead, with a supplemental nursing system (SNS). I've seen them at Baby's R Us. It is a tube that's taped to your breast and connected to a bottle with breast milk or formula to suppliment. That way your baby is still getting what he needs and your breasts are being stimulated to make milk. Even if you pump during that bottle sometimes pumps just don't extract the milk well enough. This way you can slowly decrease the amount of formula you use in the SNS and then eventually be exclusively breastfeeding again. The fact that you've gotten down to one bottle after all that is amazing! It shows that your body is responding well to supply and demand. Good luck!

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