Breastfeeding and bottlefeeding

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I want to breast feed but don't want to be tied down all the time. Is it ok to breastfeed like at night and bottlefeed when people come over or if I'm not around?

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Jen - posted on 10/11/2009

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My daughter was breast and bottle fed from day one. I mostly breast fed her through the day and if I had to go out or when her daddy fed her at night she was formula fed. I also didn't want to be tied to the house all day and I didn't want to nurse in public so I either pumped or gave her formula. She usually only had one bottle a day and when my supply decreased at 6 months we had no trouble going to formula because she was already used to it.

Sarah - posted on 10/11/2009

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Sure it is, just make sure that you nurse often enough to keep up your milk supply. It is really important in the beginning to nurse your newborn to establish your milk, but once you do that it is perfectly OK to bottle feed sometimes. It is helpful to give a formula bottle once and a while so that they will be willing to take something other than breastmilk.

Pia - posted on 10/11/2009

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I had to breastfeed and bottlefeed when my son was younger because I had to go to classes, and my milk supply was very low.

As Jenifer said, don't introduce him too late, I have had to look after a baby who would not take a bottle, and he had no milk the whole day unless I added it to his food.

Another option is to buy a breast pump and keep a supply of frozen breast milk. That way you can give that to him in a bottle rather than giving him forumla.

User - posted on 10/11/2009

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just make sure you pump before someone comes over so you always have a good supply of milk for the bottle feeding! don't sweat it girl :) chrislenn took to nursing & the bottle just fine & she did it right away. my mother in law stayed with us the first two weeks & she would wake up in the middle of the night (so i could sleep, praise the lord!) with her & used the bottles i pumped. i would also pump first thing in the morning, right before i went to bed, & on the opposite side from which she nursed during the day. i used a medela pump by the way, it was awesome! and if you don't want to pump or use formula just excuse yourself & lock the nursery door! lol

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hi, i ve sucessfully breastfed twice, its great! you can do both but wouldn t recommend it at least in the first few weeks,latching on to a bottle and a breast is very different for baby so you don t want to confuse baba, but once breast is going well you can express away, avent breast pump was great, i prefered to breast feed most of the time though, good luck!

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Yes, but you have to be careful about how you do it. My son is breastfed, but I went back to work when he was 6 weeks old. In order to do both, you should introduce the bottle between four and six week (too early can cause nipple confusion, too late means baby might not take the bottle). Make sure you pump for any feedings that you replace with the bottle in order to keep your supply up. Always use a slow flow nipple, regardless of age. If the bottle flow is too fast,baby may go on a nursing strike. I referred to kellymom.com a lot for feeding advice, and they have a great resource for combo breast and bottle feeding:

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/bottl...

Heather - posted on 10/11/2009

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absolutely!!! don't let anyone make you fee like you have to do one or the other, or that you should only nurse. and your milk will adjust to the schedule that you set up. good luck!!

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