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    Default Does giving formula undo benefits of breastfeeding?

    Hi,

    So occasionally we give DS formula, mostly if we're having a rough night or if I need a break.

    DS is almost 4 months old and wakes every 2 hours for feeds, and is currently going through a growth spurt so is up every hour... Sometimes it gets a bit much for me, and my DF will take DS for a couple of hours and give him formula (without checking with me btw) to let me get some rest every now and then.

    I try expressing but can only get about 30mls at a time, I started taking blessed thistle and fenugreek supplements and now I manage to get maybe 50mls, but is still not enough for a feed.

    I find it hard to find the time to constantly express, especially for such small amounts!

    My question is, am I undoing all the benefits of breastfeeding by giving an occasional bottle? Sometimes it might be 2 bottles one week, then nothing but bf for 3 weeks, then half a bottle etc etc

    Also, does anyone have any tips on getting more out of expressing? I'd love to give breast milk only, I feel so guilty when he gets given formula.

    Thanks!

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    Default Does giving formula undo benefits of breastfeeding?

    Wow! Sounds like you are doing a fab job feeding and caring for your baby.

    IMO there is no such thing a "undoing" the goodness of breast milk. The only thing that can be undone is the sanity of the mummy! Sounds like you have found a really healthy balance and your lovely DF is giving you a great rest.

    Don't beat yourself up about it, be confident in the decisions you are making and that you are doing what is best for your family (don't forget you are an integral part of your family and need looking after too).

    Plenty of people exclusively formula feed from day dot and their kids are fine. I wouldn't beat myself up about trying to express (use that time to rest instead) and I certainly wouldn't be messing with my supply just to be able to express more.

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    I know how you feel, I really, really do - my kids were voracious feeders and it was exhausting.

    If your babe is happy with mixed feeding then that's fantastic. The risks however are nipple confusion and a confusion with your supply.

    It sounds like you are doing an amazing job and I'd continue as you are but maybe if it's possible just have a day in bed with lots of skin to skin, have someone take bub while you sleep etc...

    Kellymom has some great info with regard to both. Also the ABA has some great resources.

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    Default Does giving formula undo benefits of breastfeeding?

    I don't think there's such a thing as 'undoing' the benefits of bf'ing. Don't be so hard on yourself about expressing. I had to express twice per day to get enough for a full bottle. After the morning feed (when your supply is plentiful) is best. If you try later on in the evening you probably wot get much.

    Btw, it sounds like you have a tough job with bub waking so often. Hats off to your hubby for helping out!

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    Default Re: Does giving formula undo benefits of breastfeeding?

    It really won't undo the goodness.

    The only thing to be mindful of is some babies start to preference a bottle because it's quicker and easier to suck.

    But then both my babies started off happy on either bottle or boob - milk was milk. But then refused bottles. So it's certainly not a "rule".



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    Quote Originally Posted by bedlover View Post
    The only thing that can be undone is the sanity of the mummy! Sounds like you have found a really healthy balance and your lovely DF is giving you a great rest.
    I guess I forgot about that. Those couple hours of alone time sleeping or resting really does do me wonders! I feel so much more positive afterwards, and DF really enjoys that time he gets alone with DS.

    Quote Originally Posted by misskittyfantastico View Post
    if it's possible just have a day in bed with lots of skin to skin, have someone take bub while you sleep etc...
    Funny you say that, just yesterday DS and I spent half the day in bed. I nursed him while laying down, and we slept, and played, and it was wonderful to just stop everything and enjoy that time. It eased a lot of frustration too.

    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    After the morning feed (when your supply is plentiful) is best. If you try later on in the evening you probably wot get much.
    Thanks! Next time I express I'll try in the morning, see how I go.

    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Hats off to your hubby for helping out!
    Yes DF really has been great, I know I'm very very lucky.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boobycino View Post
    The only thing to be mindful of is some babies start to preference a bottle because it's quicker and easier to suck.
    Yes I did notice sometimes he got a little fussier at the breast after he had a bottle, or if he had had bottles a couple of days in a row. So when that happened I'd make sure we went at least 1 - 2 weeks bf only, no matter how much he fussed, so he doesn't get too used to the bottle! He doesn't seem to fuss after the occasional bottle anymore.


 

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