re: Mixed Feeding Thread
posted 7th Dec
I recently conceited to the fact that I don't like BFing as much as I thought I would. My son had latching problems from the beginning. I've had LC's constantly with me and finally they gave me a nipple shield and a pump. I'm pumpimg, BFing, and giving him forumla. He takes to it all well, but only if I have the shield while BFing. When I pump I can only get 2- 4 oz on both sides. He's only 4 weeks so that works for now, but I'm worried it'll not boost and lessen later on. I use Dr. Browns, Gerber, Medela, and Tommee Tippee bottles; he doesn't care much. What can I do to increase my supply?quote
posted 18th Dec
How often is a 12day old mixed fed baby supposed to poop?quote
posted 23rd Dec
My babys 3 days old had to mix feed in hospital my baby is to weak dueto heart ccondition that hopfully will resolve its self in 2 weeks. She gets tired trying to bf. We feed her out of a little cup until she hopfully gegets strength to bf. Has anyone been in this situation and been to successful ly bf?quote
posted 24th Dec
I'm mixed feeding, my DD is now 10 days old...
In the hospital for the first day she fed just fine on my right side, it didn't hurt or anything and I barely needed help being shown how to have her latch on. (was successful on my second attempt) Then suddenly on that next day she would latch properly but the pain was horrible. Suddenly I had spots rubbed so raw they were scabbing! For some reason my little Nessa is just a violent feeder lol. They tried to get me to use the nipple shield but she outright refused to feed with it on there.
So now I'm trying to pump to give her at least SOME breast milk but my milk has just come in a couple days ago and I'm barely able to get out 1 oz at a time from both breasts. I'm starting to worry that I wont be able to give her breast milk at all if it doesn't pick up soon. I should probably try to pump more but it takes me an hour to pump one oz because I only have a hand held pump (it's the only thing we can afford since SO isn't working and I'm on maternity leave). I'm worried that my milk isn't going to come in right
posted 24th Dec
<blockquote><b>Quoting Meg Bloxham:</b>" I'm mixed feeding, my DD is now 10 days old... In the hospital for the first day she fed just fine ... [snip!] ... thing we can afford since SO isn't working and I'm on maternity leave). I'm worried that my milk isn't going to come in right"</blockquote>
If you want to breast feed do it! It does hurt after a week or so the scabs go away as she gets better at latching. If it hurts too bad try teaching her get done lanihol (whatever it's called, nipple cream)it helps heal and protect the scabs. It's so much harder to try to get them to breast feed later. Not everyone talks about it but the first week is hard and painful when breast feeding. if that's not what you want, I'm not trying to addenda you or anything. And carry on. Good luck with whatever you and your baby decide.
posted 1st Jan
I'm a new mommy, and I recently started mix feeding my DD. The doctor said to supplement with formula because she thought she may not be getting enough with just my breast milk. She is 13 days old today. Well I'm just concerned that the little milk I do have will start to dry up? How do I keep my supply up, and supplement her with formula? I thought about feeding her first from my breast, and then feeding her afterwards with the bottle. But that has me wasting a lot of formula. Because I have to at least make 2 oz and she may drink an oz after being on my breast. So I end up pouring the rest out. Any advice is appreciated (: quote
posted 1st Jan
<blockquote><b>Quoting Lillian'sMommy12:</b>" I'm a new mommy, and I recently started mix feeding my DD. The doctor said to supplement with formula ... [snip!] ... make 2 oz and she may drink an oz after being on my breast. So I end up pouring the rest out. Any advice is appreciated (: "</blockquote>
You can pump everyone she has a bottle. Or every other time. why can't you make just an ounce? Cuz that's what we supplemented with, just one.
posted 3rd Jan
ok my son is 6 days old and he hasnt had a poopy diaper for 2 days now, I have had to breast feed and supplement in formula for him to eat, because he lost 14% of his birth weight so they have me giving him both, boob and formula.....so how long is too long for him to go without a poopy diaper?quote
posted 12th Jan
i breastfed only for 5 months,but i was so tired all the time.my boy was having me up every hour during the night and was screaming through the day if he wasnt at my breast constantly..i was at a point i was collapsing from exhaustion.i tried pumping milk and hardly got 1oz from each breast and decided i clearly wasnt producing enough milk so i bought SMA formula with the yellow lid.he was sick the first time trying it but that was because how rich it was compared to breast milk after that he took it brilliantly.i was still breastfeeding and giving formula at night or when i was out and not able to breastfeed.it was amazing the 2 bottles of formula a day could do.at first i didnt have a clue as how how much to give him and no way of knowing how much milk he took from my breast.so i just made a 5oz bottle and checked how much was left after he had finished,i done this a few times to make sure he was taking the same amount each time,then from there on i just made up bottles based on the oz's he was drinking..he never once lost weight only ever put it on..hes now 1 and 1 1/2 stone and going onto whole milk xquote
posted 14th Jan
Quoting Sans Foy's Gone Fishing:" Welcome to the mixed feeding thread!!! Some of us both breast and bottle feed--either as a choice--or ... [snip!] ... challenges and rewards of mixed feeding--to ask our questions and to get them answered without judgement. So--fire away!"
I'm having to mix feed my son as he has become thin from breastfeeding and has loose skin on his legs. He however refuses to eat from the bottle and spits out formula without even swallowing it. HELP ME as I don't want him to get sick or worse because I can't produce enough.
I have 2 kids & 6 angel babies & live in Arizona
posted 31st Jan
I did mixed feeding with my son. At first I tried to keep the formula to 2 bottles a day because I wanted him to get as much breast milk as possible but after a while they became even amounts of BM and F bottles. When nursing I would just let him nurse until he stopped on his own and then I knew he was full. I did find that if the last bottle was BM and the next bottle was Formula my son would seem to spit up more during the transition. My son eventually weened himself at 6months and would no longer nurse and take the bottle only, so just keep that in mind when you mix feed. It really made me sad that he started to refuse me because I loved the bonding time we had when he nursed. We of course found other ways to bond but I did really miss it. quote
posted 26th Feb
I think any amount of breastfeeding is great, whatever is possible.quote
posted 2nd Mar
Howedy ladies. My son will be 6 months on Monday and I give him one bottle of formula at night before his 3 - 4 hour stretch of sleep. During the day he's strictly BF.
He was 5 weeks early so we're seeing his regular family doctor and a pedi. At his appointment with the pedi at the end of November he was 9.4 lbs. At his appointment at the middle of January he was 10.4 lbs. His pedi felt this wasn't enough of a gain so she suggested I supplement. I said I'd rather try other things first so she let me have two weeks to get his weight up. After those two weeks (January 30th), his weight was 10.5 lbs.
I really didn't want to give him formula because of all the difficulties we'd gone through on our BF journey. But after trying Fenugreek, which made him sick and did nothing for my supply, water, Gatorade, oatmeal, I felt I didn't have many other options. Although the can is sitting on my counter, I don't remember what kind it is lol, but I got him one for sensitive tummies.
He'll nurse a full feeding and then I give him a 2 oz bottle. Most times he'll drink between 1.5 and 2 oz before falling asleep. At his appointment on the 13th he was 11 lbs, so it's obviously working. Now that I've been doing it I don't mind as much.
Anyway, haha, there's my story.