From E Anyone Breastfeed And Use Formula Need Support

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E - April 14

I br___tfeed almost exclusively but I have found that using a bottle of formula, twice per day (4 ounces each), allows me time to clean/cook. Unfortunately, my Medela single electric pump does not express enough milk. What a waste of money!! Does anyone else do this or have you done this in the past? My husband is trying to make me feel guilty about it but I think I am doing a fabulous job as it is. It is so easy for him to judge my ability to feed our baby and it is p___sing me off. B--tfeeding is not as easy and pleasant as I thought it would be. I am lucky as my baby took the br___t and bottle from day one. Anyone have a story to share?

 

Milissa - April 14

I say dry those babys up and stick to the bottle...My son turned out great and healthy, if you are pushed into b___stfeeding that is not right.

 

Grumpy Bear - April 14

im only 18weeks but im planning to bottle/b___st if baby allows, but im also very unsure i can b___st feed (mentally) its just so diffrent! i now its natural im just not sure its for me

 

E - April 14

I do not feel pushed into b___stfeeding as long as DH backs off and allows me the two bottles without the guilt trip. I enjoy b___stfeeding when I don't have him hovering over me asking me how my milk supply is. It annoys the c___p out of me. I always wanted to b___stfeed, but it is difficult to get anything done around the house when I am the sole feeder and my pump had failed.

 

MRS.R - April 14

Hi E, i opted not to b___st feed mine at all. I give you lots of credit for doing it, But i think formula twice a day is fine as long as he is content with it. (Meaning your baby) Like i said i formula fed mine the whole time and he is as healthy as a horse. He is now 5 and we are trying for #2 and i would do it again. Tell your hubby he will be just fine. Sounds like you are being a very good Mommy and remember you don't have to go by the book as far as b___st or anything else as far as that is concerned. I had cereal in my baby's bottle at 4 weeks and he slept through the night. He was never full until i did that. I will probably get bashed by others on here for saying that but oh well. Anyway congrats on your new baby and don't let hubby make you feel guilty you do need time to get other things done... Take care and do what you feel comfortable with. your Baby will be perfect!!!!!!

 

E - April 14

Mrs R - About the cereal, our pediatrician recommended adding rice cereal to his bottle to prevent spitting up. No bashing allowed in this thread!!! :) Thanks for the kind words everyone. I thought BF was going to be this fabulous experience. You start to feel like you are accomplishing nothing when you sit on your b___t 12 hours a day.

 

MRS.R - April 14

Just wait till that baby starts moving around. You will feel like "Why do i even clean" Because they are right behind you messing up what you just picked up..lol. I remember the stage you are in now your whole day is consumed with baby.. and night too LOL...But it does get better....Enjoy it while they let you snuggle with them... Mine is already at the stage where i can't even kiss him goodbye anymore in front of his friends..And he is only in preschool.. That is sad. so i am missing the baby stage... Hopefully soon i will have another in my arms.. Sounds like Your hubby is just over protective and wants the best for baby.. But i know they can annoy you ...lol

 

amanda.d - April 14

I have done both at the same time, not only for a break but so others in my family could have the bonding time with feeding, its fine to do both.I also used the evenflo manual pump and it worked fine, i found the electric pumps were harsh at least with a manual one you can control the suction.Just a thought!

 

E - April 14

Awe MRS.R!! Your preschooler won't let you kiss him in front of people? Sorry, but it sounds so cute. To think that in preschool, there is a social taboo about mommy kisses.... What has this world come to?

 

Milissa - April 14

AS Mrs R. says the needing goes away! mine is 2 1/2 and he wants to do everything him self. good luck and enjoy all the love..

 

Jenn... - April 15

E, have you tried the taking Fenugreek or Mother's Milk Tea? My niece is almost 3 months old and this really helped my sis-in-law when she had a hard time pumping. Also, a lactation consultant suggested that she rent hospital grade pump (about $30 a month) because it mimicks the babies sucking - it made a big difference from her double medela pump. Anyhow, to answer your question, I think it is great that you are still BF as much as you feel comfortable with. If you feel like you have tried it all, and formula just a couple times a day is what really helps you the most. Then go for it, I think you are being a great Mommy! Congrats on your beautiful baby boy!

 

tiffani~edd 11/07/05 - April 15

E~ My son was in the NICU for the first 16 days of his life (that's a story for another day) so I rented an electric Medela b___st pump from the hospital. I pumped every 3 hours and froze the milk. When he was about 12 days old, his feeding tube was removed and we began giving him b___stmilk through a bottle. (he wasn't able to b___stfeed at this point because we had to know exactly how much he was eating) He continued on the bottle for the next 3 days, and then I was finally able to b___stfeed him. He had no problem switching back and forth. When we brought him home from the hospital, my husband and I took turns feeding him. Chris would feed him a bottle of the frozen (thawed) milk and when I fed him, I would b___stfeed. This worked out great, it gave me a "night off" to catch up on sleep, all the while he was still getting b___stmilk. I highly recommend renting an electric b___stpump from the hospital if you still plan on pumping, it makes ALL the difference in the world, and only takes about 10 minutes and you can do both sides at the same time.(although, you do feel like you're a cow being milked) If you rent a Medela pump, you can use the parts from the pump you have now. One thing I learned, to keep your milk supply up, you still need to pump every 4 hours, otherwise your milk supply will decrease, and Aja will get frustrated b___stfeeding because he's not getting as much milk from you as he was from the bottle, and that's where the trouble begins. The good thing about your situation, you've already been b___stfeeding now for over 3 weeks, so your milk supply is likely already established which will make supplementing with a bottle easier on you. I don't know what to say about your husbands less then supportive att_tude, but I have confidence in your ability to put the man in his place, if necessary. :o) If you decide to use formula, instead of bottled b___stmilk, I swear to you, Nestle Good Start Supreme is the absolute best on the market. Similac is the worst, it bubbles up when you shake it, and gives the baby really painful gas. Enfamil doesn't bubble as bad, but Good Start doesn't bubble at all. Trust me on this. One more thing, don't bother heating up bottles. If you can keep Aja on room temperature formula, your life will be so much easier. Try finding a microwave at the mall. Almost impossible. Hang in there girlfriend and let me know if I can help. XOXOXO :o)

 

tara - April 15

Hi, this question is for those who have b___stfed & used bottle - I have heard that if you do both the baby will take to the bottle much easier and will start to reject the b___st becuase the milk comes easier in the bottle compared to the b___st. I'd like to know how true this has been in your experience please (~edd 08/08/05~)

 

tiffani~edd 11/07/05 - April 15

Tara~ Neither of my kids had any problem switching back and forth between b___st and bottle. My best advice is to hold off on supplementing with a bottle until your milk is established, usually around the 2nd week. (see my above post for more info) :o)

 

monica - April 15

I did it with my first pregnancy and i am planning on giving baby b___st milk and formula. I had to pump because my first baby never latched on, I used the manuel pump from Avent. It was great. My first baby was also a spitter and the dr told me to put cereal in his milk and it worked. I also started feeding him cereal at two months as addtional food. From that moment on he slept the whole night through. Hopefully my second baby will be as good as the first.

 

Erica - April 15

The baby is yours. Didn't you lay down and have him? Feed your baby the way you see fit, Mom. Tell you husband to stick it up his a__s. Ask him if is he is going to cook/clean. Probably not. He isn't going to do anything but play with himself and complain!!!

 

monica - April 15

I use to carry a thermal with hot water so that baby could have warm formula.

 

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