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Re: SUPPORT THREAD FOR MUMS WHO CHOSE TO BREASTFEED & FORMULA FEED
« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2006, 14:58:49 pm »
i am soooo happy ;D i found this support thread!!!!  i have been bf my little guy with an occasional formula bottle since birth.  the last few weeks i have decided to give him a formula bottle specifially around dinner time and now this week at lunch, too.   my plan is to bf before bed anytime during the night and early morning and use formula bottles during the day.  is anyone else doing this?  do you think my suppy will drastically diminish?  now if the nights go like last night ( ;D) he fed around 8:00 and slept until 5:30 this morning.  this happend a few other times so i am thinking he may be getting close to sleeping a great stretch at night.  do you think my supply will keep up with 2 feedings a day (possibly 3)?   if my supply doesn't keep up i wouldn't mind giving him a bottles during the night, i would just feel sooooo guilty becasue i bf dd unilt 6 months and stopping earlier for him would make me feel bad and of course the fact that bm is the best.  why does it have to be so guilt ridden?!?!?! ???
thanks for listening and i am glad i found this thread!!!
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Re: SUPPORT THREAD FOR MUMS WHO CHOSE TO BREASTFEED & FORMULA FEED
« Reply #16 on: August 08, 2006, 17:09:15 pm »
gee you sound exactly like my situation i also feel guilt ridden with  the whole breast is best thing people say.I am struggling through it the hubby says I worry to much but again I say that all I want is the best for my little one. I am starting today to work on upping my supply bending the routine a bit for the next few days and let her eat more frequently we were around a 2.5 3 hour easy but can not keep her down for naps past 45 minutes. she sleeps well thorugh then night actually she is expanding her nights an hour more in the last couple of days to 6:30 so that is a bonus.So again I am so glad to have this site to refer to. If anyone has any suggestios dont hesitate to reply.  Thanx
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Re: SUPPORT THREAD FOR MUMS WHO CHOSE TO BREASTFEED & FORMULA FEED
« Reply #17 on: August 10, 2006, 03:26:49 am »
stacy-your little guy doesn't actually bf, right?  you pump?  what kind of pump do you use to keep up your supply?  it seems as if mine is dwindling fast!  i am trying to bf in the early am, around 9am or so, for bedtime and any wake ups during the night, but my little guys doesn't seem real interested in the boob anymore :( which then i give a bottle and pump, but i am not gettin ga whole lot out of pumping.  maybe my supply is low and ds doesn't like it becasue of a low/slow supply.  how can i keep my supply up for over night?
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Re: SUPPORT THREAD FOR MUMS WHO CHOSE TO BREASTFEED & FORMULA FEED
« Reply #18 on: August 10, 2006, 12:03:43 pm »
Hi carolyn,

I thinks so much depends on where you want to end up.  Breastfeeding for me was very easy.  My boys latched on like a champ, I never had letdown issues and could breastfeed just about anywhere, no pain, no infections, it was truly a cinch.  Much easier than formula for me, and cheaper!  However, that was my experience.  I have plenty of friends whose experiences were the polar opposite.

I think a lot depends upon why you're supplementing with formula and how long you hope to breastfeed.  To be totally honest, two to three bottles each day will have a definte impact on your supply.  Is your situation one where you really need the bottles during the day?  Also, were it me, I would want to stimulate my daytime supply as much as possible, ie, give all feedings then if it's possible for you, so that your milk supply is ramped up for the daytime and baby has plenty to eat.  This will be good for when baby's ready to drop nighttime feeds.  :)
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Re: SUPPORT THREAD FOR MUMS WHO CHOSE TO BREASTFEED & FORMULA FEED
« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2006, 07:50:13 am »
hi.

I think I may be starting to have a problem here :(
my dd seems not very interested in my boobs anymore and finishes her feeds in 5 minutes [squirming all the way through...], but she looks quite happy when she sees a bottle and she just gulps formula down.
and now she's waking twice at night to feed [between 12 and 1 am and 4~4:30 am] and she is hungry then, but that affects her first morning feed...
it's only been 2 or 3 days like this but I can see she's more happy with a bottle during the day, which doesn't necessarily make ME happy.

any suggestions anyone???

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Re: SUPPORT THREAD FOR MUMS WHO CHOSE TO BREASTFEED & FORMULA FEED
« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2006, 08:12:57 am »
Tracy says nipple confusion is a myth but that there can be a problem with 'flow' confusion. One thought is to change to a bottle where her sucking is needed to be more in a breastfeeding style. Tracy describes them as variflow bottles. A Haberman feeder has the same principle. Then the difference between bottle and breast may not be so pronounced.
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Re: SUPPORT THREAD FOR MUMS WHO CHOSE TO BREASTFEED & FORMULA FEED
« Reply #21 on: August 22, 2006, 09:29:42 am »
This teat is about clostest to the breast as you can get. Especially if you use latex and slow flow. We never had any problems with nipple or flow confusion because we used them...

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Re: SUPPORT THREAD FOR MUMS WHO CHOSE TO BREASTFEED & FORMULA FEED
« Reply #22 on: August 22, 2006, 11:58:43 am »
we're using Avent variable flow teat or #3 teat [she was bored with #2... ::)].
and I have a really strong letdown. when I feed her from one breast first I can feel and then see milk coming out from the second one too...
so I don't really think it's nipple/flow confusion...

is it possible for a baby to wean herself from a brest? at such a young age???
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Re: SUPPORT THREAD FOR MUMS WHO CHOSE TO BREASTFEED & FORMULA FEED
« Reply #23 on: August 22, 2006, 12:09:31 pm »
Maja mom, I just deleted my other message as I checked back and you are returning to work so I think it makes most sense to go back to a slowflow nipple as the other ladies have suggested.  Even though milk comes quickly, have you done a yield lately to have an idea of how much you're producing?
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Re: SUPPORT THREAD FOR MUMS WHO CHOSE TO BREASTFEED & FORMULA FEED
« Reply #24 on: August 22, 2006, 12:16:05 pm »
No, self-weaning isn't possible until much nearer 12 months (and even that is considered early by many).

I would say that many babies get really fast when they get older and you can take a full breastfeed in 5 minutes (and squirming is not uncommon!), It could be she's just getting more efficient as she gets older. Do you hear her clearly swallowing in those 5 minutes?
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Re: SUPPORT THREAD FOR MUMS WHO CHOSE TO BREASTFEED & FORMULA FEED
« Reply #25 on: August 22, 2006, 12:20:28 pm »
Diegos Mama: I've read both your messages ;) and I guess we'll go back to slower flow teat then... and I'll try the yield too.

Samuel's mum: yes, she's swallowing hard all the feed. so maybe it's like you've said and she's more efficient? but why is she waking up more at night to feed now? and it's not a growth spurt because during the day she won't eat more often than 4 hours.

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Re: SUPPORT THREAD FOR MUMS WHO CHOSE TO BREASTFEED & FORMULA FEED
« Reply #26 on: August 22, 2006, 12:22:35 pm »
Something developmental going on?  Rolling, getting better control over arms or the like?
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Re: SUPPORT THREAD FOR MUMS WHO CHOSE TO BREASTFEED & FORMULA FEED
« Reply #27 on: August 22, 2006, 12:35:29 pm »
you've go it: rolling, control of arms, attempts to sit up [not succesful though, too young ;)] and using her voice so much more.
so, does it mean she's burning more calories and needs to add them at night feeds ??? or ???

we're not doing DF, it wasn't helping and she would wake up every time...
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Re: SUPPORT THREAD FOR MUMS WHO CHOSE TO BREASTFEED & FORMULA FEED
« Reply #28 on: August 22, 2006, 21:29:27 pm »
I reckon it's a combination of her being an efficient feeder and burning extra energy and maybe waking up for other reasons (e.g rolling, developmental stuff) and when she's awake thinking that maybe she is actually hungry.
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Re: SUPPORT THREAD FOR MUMS WHO CHOSE TO BREASTFEED & FORMULA FEED
« Reply #29 on: August 24, 2006, 00:23:51 am »
Hi everyone,

I haven't managed to get in here and post for a while now. But I've managed to find a chance to catch up on some computer time while DD is having her nap. I've come back looking for an answer or two and am hoping someone will be able to help.

Keira is 12 weeks old now but born 4 weeks early. She's had a dummy since day 3 when in SCN and wanting to suck constantly but wasn't with me. Even now she just wants to suck all the time. Night sleeps are wonderful. She has 6oz of formula at her last feed and then sleeps until some time after 4am, lately it's been closer to 6.30 at which time I start the day. She is usually happy without the dummy overnight. She'll usually have one nap lasting about 40 minutes and the rest of the day it's a struggle to get her back to sleep and she's ending up overtired by the end of the day. Her first feed is BF with very full breasts, but the rest of the day they don't feel full. She's wanting to suck all day and gets very upset if she hasn't got the dummy.

My question is... is she actually getting hungry during the day and that's why she wants the dummy all day? Am I confusing her signals? This morning she fed on both breasts rather than just one and has now been asleep for almost 1.25 hours whereas most day naps I'm lucky to get 40 minutes from her. I've been concerned about my supply for a little while now and this is making me think it isn't enough for her.

Would be really thankful for any opinions or advice.

Tennille