She is your baby, and if you want to breastfeed her, no-one can stop you. Topping up with formula is only going to damage your supply. You have done the tough first few months, why would you stop now without a good reason?
Generally shes a happy baby. She has her fussy moments but all bubs do right? They just planted a seed of doubt How do you know if the boob is empty?
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It never is empty! Milk is always produced. It might seem 'empty' after the initial part of the feed because your baby slows down, but keeps being produced. Check out the ABA website or KellyMom for info.
Don't doubt yourself if your baby is producing enough wet nappies and is happy. My DD took 1.5 hours in the early days to feed and sometimes fed every 2 hours. So I'd have a half hour before it started again! Before my milk was established I did comp feed her and once she took 150 mls after I'd fed her and that did create doubts, but I persisted and from 2 weeks she was purely BF.
She's now 5 months, feeds every 3-4 hours with 1 overnight and takes 20 mins.
Every baby and mum is different. Do what you feel is right for you two.
Every baby/mum is different and other posts are right - if your baby is happy, healthy AND putting on weight you should be fine. But MY experience was the flip side of other posts here. I HAD run out of milk. My breasts WERE empty - sorry,but there are some conditions that will cause this to happen - and I had half a dozen or so people (including midwives, nurses and family members) tell me this was not possible so I kept trying to bf. My daughter would constantly feed and feed for hours. She was not getting any "hind" milk as there was none, so was basically only keeping hydrated. At four months old I took her to a pediatrician who confirmed that some women do indeed run out of milk. He then told me that he would give me two weeks to "fatten her up" (ff) or he may have to hospitalize her. She was underweight and miserable and did nothing but scream (and I mean that was ALL she did!!) and I ended up with PND. All because I was unknowingly starving her. Once she was ff she put on 1kg in three weeks and has ever looked back. I wish now, that i had the confidence then to disagree with everyone telling me I was wrong about running out of milk!
So I guess my advice would be, listen to your body and your baby and trust what you feel. And if you are still worried see a doctor.
I had to feed for long periods for the first 2-3 months too - thus is how you build up your milk supply - I also had very very sore nipples and it stung really badly during that time but I persisted and suddenly the pain stopped and my milk supply was huge and after that DS fed in 5-10 minutes each side each time.
I guess for some women milk supply takes longer to build up at first than for other women - the longer baby sucks for, the more your supply builds up. Don't worry about what they say, it's not a universal rule at all!
Please remember friends and family are not lactation experts, even many GPs aren't.
Get the right advice before changing your feeding, particularly trying formula as this can be a very quick slippery slide.
Breastfeeding is amazing for mums health and bubs health- not to even mention bonding.
Keep going and get the correct advice. I had a lactation consultant come to my house and all pain went instantly. Money is so worth it especially when comparing cost and effort with formula.
This I feed mine. I always make sure I have a hour break so that the fat milk has time to build.
I about to start my 11th year breastfeeding when bub arrives.
Feel free to pm any questions you have.
Regarding actual feeding vs comfort sucking. I agree with Thermo, the comfort sucking feels like butterfly flicks. I also note that when he is feeding it is very much suck, suck, suck, suck with swallowing and slight pauses. Comfort sucking is more like suck, suck, long pause, suck, suck, long pause (and the sucking is very light and flicky). Hope that made sense! The comfort sucking is actually important - it serves a purpose. If it is prohibiting you from doing things, then I highly recommend a baby carrier that you can pop the babe in while you get on with things, leaving you both to do what you need to do
The ABA also provides a breastfeeding helpline, available 7 days a week - freecall 1800 686 268 (1800 mum 2 mum). You can also join local ABA support groups which are invaluable for support and questions.
the sling helped as I had 2 4yos to chase after, and there was no way to get dd off the b00b!
I originally tried to time her feeds, as she was poorly and weak, then decided just to 'give in' and feed 20hrs a day if needed
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