Switching from Breast to Bottle at 3 months

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I have been breastfeeding my daughter for almost 3 months now and I have been including one bottle of formula at night. During these three months I have endured cracked nipples (which included a visit to the emergency room at the hospital as my daughter ingested blood from my cracked nipples and then vomited blood. I almost had a heart attack when I saw this and was inconsolable until they told me what had caused it.)



My daughter has also had ongoing thrush in her mouth, which I have been treating for about 2 months now and can't seem to get rid of. We have tried everything from vinegar wipes on my nipples, Daktarin gel in her mouth, on my nipples and on her bottom where the thrush has gone through to. We sterilise her bottles, dummies and anything that comes into contact with her mouth and never use the same facewash/bib etc twice without washing them in between.



My milk supply also seems to be quite low also and my baby gets upset when she can't get the milk flowing. When I am breastfeeding my baby is constantly pulling my nipple back with her mouth, delatching constantly and seems really upset and stressed to the point where she is crying. When I am bottlefeeding, my baby is relaxed and calm to the point where she is falling asleep toward the end of the feed. I myself, try to stay as relaxed as possible during breast feeding, but feel myself getting stressed when my baby gets so agitated.



To be honest, breastfeeding has never been something I have found easy however I have perservered with it as to my understanding it is best for the baby. However I am really leaning toward bottle feeding completely as she seems the most happy and relaxed when we are using this method. The problem is I feel quite guilty about switching to bottle/formula feeding so early.



Has anyone else ever done this? I am grateful that I have been able to breastfeed for the last 3 months, but would love to hear other mum's stories or support as I really think making the switch completely is quite hard......

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Rebecca - posted on 06/18/2009

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Have you spoken with a lactation consultant, they are usually available at the hospital where you delivered. They can help with milk production, positioning and a lot of other problems. They were a life saver with my first son. I had to stop breastfeeding my son at 5 months and was really hard on myself for not having the ability to produce enough milk for him, I wish I had gotten more help with this. My daughter breast feed for 10 months until she self weaned and the newest baby is happy and healthy solely breastfeeding at 10 weeks.

Liana - posted on 06/17/2009

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Don't let anyone make you feel bad with my first I had to stop at 10 weeks with my 2nd it was 14 weeks both I had loads of problems, with my 3rd shes 9 weeks and no problems so far thankfully. Everybodies different and in some cases breast feeding isn't for the best because it causes the child to much stress you need to do what you feel is right for you and your child. I had a lot of support as no one I know has ever breast fed so they were more amazed that I did it at all.

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Amanda - posted on 06/17/2009

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don't feel bad. you've done your best. i breastfed my son for 9 weeks and my daughter for 6 1/2 months, but had to stop because they needed more milk than i had. it will be okay!

Angela - posted on 06/17/2009

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Hi Leanne,

I have a 2 1/2 week old son that I tried breastfeeding. Although I tried multiple positions, he got extremely fussy and had difficulty latching on. I also was recently diagnosed with mastitis so my milk production has gone down. To remedy this, I switched to exclusively pumping breast milk and supplementing with formula. My son is still getting the benefits of breast milk, but is getting the amount of food he needs and is definitely not as fussy using bottles.

As far as the cracked nipples, have you tried lanolin cream? I use a cream from Medela after every pumping and that has really helped.

Best of luck!

Savannah - posted on 06/17/2009

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I had to stop breastfeeding my children early due to the fact that I got pregnant again and was no longer producing milk for them. I felt bad, yes, but it was what had to be done. Don't let yourself feel guilty or let anyone make you feel bad for doing the right thing for you baby.

Liliana - posted on 06/17/2009

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Don't feel guilty! You've obviously tried very hard to make it work and at this point a happy mommy and baby is what matters.

Eleanor - posted on 06/17/2009

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I had to go to work after 3 months and could not express enough milk for my daughter. She had no problem with the transition from breast to formula and she never fell ill either. the cracked nipples were the worst so I can relate at the end of the day you'd like your child to be happy and healthy.

Eleanor - posted on 06/17/2009

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I had to go to work after 3 months and could not express enough milk for my daughter. She had no problem with the transition from breast to formula and she never fell ill either. the cracked nipples were the worst so I can relate at the end of the day you'd like your child to be happy and healthy.

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