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    Thank you for sharing your experience. It is hard making a decision now.. as you said i will feel different once hes here. I just feel like im being, for lack of a better word, selfish..and all the controversy surrounding the choice is making me feel guilty. I just want to be happy. I figure a happy mum=happy baby, and the most important thing is a full tummy.

    Thanks ladies, its good to know mixed feeding is a viable option if 100% bf isnt for us. I know his dad wants to play a major part in feeding too and i think its important for them to also have a bond where bub feels safe and comforted by Dad.

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    I breast fed for the first 4 months of DS's life with some expressing to store milk.
    Pumping isn't as efficient as bub so it might not be easy to express/pump enough for a feed in one go, but you can combine expressed milk together.

    And I found the more I did it, the better pumping worked for me.

    My DS slept for 8 hours straight overnight so when I'd wake up, I'd be engorged. So much so that DS would struggle to attach his tiny mouth around my huge boobs!
    I would express 80-100ml and then feed as normal.

    Can you borrow/hire a quality pump to see how it goes for you before investing in one? It will make a difference!

    After 4 months, I went back to work and struggled to express at work and get enough to store so went to mix feeding. It worked fine for us

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    My dd never took to the breast. I expressed until she was 10 weeks but it was never enough for her so she was mix fed and now fully formula fed.

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    Whatever happens, do your best, see what works and try not to feel guilty about it.

    My mum *still* apologises to me for stopping breastfeeding early (apparently I only liked one breast and made mum super lopsided).

    I'm like, I'm 34 now mum, everything has worked out ok, relax!! 😊

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    Quote Originally Posted by GucciDahling View Post
    Can you borrow/hire a quality pump to see how it goes for you before investing in one? It will make a difference!
    I have been looking at them to buy but have seen people talking about hiring on here. Im thinking ill give it a go and and get one from a chemist then see how my supply is before buying one. My boobs are massive now compared to before pregnancy. Id love to keep them but i just know they will dwindle away eventually!

    I think my Mum had issues BF..she wasnt a very attached person my whole childhood and i think that might be where im getting the anxiety over it from...sounds silly, but im scared i wont be a good Mum! I guess it's the first timer jitters

    My DF read the book "so your going to be a Dad" and he told me very of matter of factly.."well i feel prepared now after reading that..you need to buy so your going to be a Mum" Bless his cotton socks, hes got no idea whats ahead! Hahaha

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    Hi OP. Congrats on your pregnancy :-)

    I wanted to bf, but found that i couldn't - DS just wouldn't attach to my inverted nipples.. Early on, I hoped he'd be able to 'get it' as he got bigger, so i expressed and bottle fed EBM, and mix fed formula when i couldn't make enough to cover his needs.

    Five months later, I'm still exclusively expressing! DS won't take the breast, and now he's a biter too! He clearly prefers the bottle. Ps my supply was established enough by about 6 weeks that i would give him EBM exclusively, but it's completely do-able to keep mixed feeding if you want to, as i understand it.

    Exclusively expressing has been hard work, and not something i would really recommend... but it has had its real upsides too, such as DP being able to give lots of feeds, having more freedom to go out by myself for a bit, easier transition to daycare, etc.

    If you're thinking about trying to do quite a bit of expressing, I'd recommend a double pump, maybe hiring a hospital-grade one if you can. Ps i haven't had mastitis yet, touch wood!

    Good luck with whatever you decide. A fed baby is a happy baby :-) If you need any practical advice about expressing, just ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heplusme View Post
    Thank you for sharing your experience. It is hard making a decision now.. as you said i will feel different once hes here. I just feel like im being, for lack of a better word, selfish..and all the controversy surrounding the choice is making me feel guilty. I just want to be happy. I figure a happy mum=happy baby, and the most important thing is a full tummy.

    Thanks ladies, its good to know mixed feeding is a viable option if 100% bf isnt for us. I know his dad wants to play a major part in feeding too and i think its important for them to also have a bond where bub feels safe and comforted by Dad.
    I pumped for 4 months with DS, it is most certainly possible. It's a lot of work, I won't lie but worth it if that's what you want. Please don't feel guilty or selfish if you decide when he is born you simply don't want to bf or pump. Your child will thrive on formula.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renn View Post
    It's hard to know how easy/difficult different options will be until you try it, as (for one thing) you have no idea what your supply will be like.

    My thoughts would be:

    1. Give breastfeeding a try if you're willing. You may love it, hate it or not really be fussed...but you won't know until you try, and then you know what options work for you.

    2. Give expressing a go. I got heaps, easily, early on...but for others it can be extremely time consuming. If you do decide that you want to breastfeed, then supplementing with formula may mess with your supply. Obviously not an issue if you decide not to/that you're not fussed with breastfeeding.

    My daughter was exclusively fed breast milk (breastfed and expressed) until about 3 months, then mix fed. I would have expressed enough for a feed every day. Some got used, some was frozen. Again though, I had a really good supply and could express easily - that's not the case for everyone. From 3 months she had 1 bottle of formula a day, and it didn't seem to mess with my supply at that point.

    3. Give bub bottles from early on. Again, if you decide you really want to breastfeed then bub may develop a preference for the bottles...but if bottle feeding is important to you, it can be a lot easier to ensure bub will take one if you start it early.
    This is really great advice


 

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