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    Default Would you rather give your bub.....

    A one off bottle of formula
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    A one off bottle of someone elses expressed milk (one of your closest friends milk)
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    I have an event tomorrow night and will be leaving 6 month old DD home with DH for the evening until late and have only managed to express 200ml (after 4 days of expressing both by hand and with my medela pump! I'm not a good expresser and have a borderline low supply). DD has never had formula before and one of my best friends has an 11 week old and an oversupply AND a freezer full of EBM. She has said she is more than happy to give me some of her frozen milk if I want it. Obviously she is a perfectly healthy, smoke free, alcohol free mum or i wouldn't even be considering it.

    I am happy to use her milk over a bottle of formula. I'm far from anti-formula, but just figure that if DD can have a bottle of EBM then its the next best thing to my own milk.

    I'm interested to know what YOU would do in this situation?

    Three of my other friends, including the one who is giving me her milk, have said *they* would rather give a bottle of formula than a friends EBM - they just feel its a bit "weird" to give their baby someone elses bodily fluid.

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    Personally, I would use a bottle of formula... for me I think it would be just a little too weird. But what a lovely friend you have... :-)

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    I would be fine giving bub a close friend/relos EBM. If you know they're healthy then it shouldn't be an issue, and its in a bottle rather than her physically nursing bub.

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    I would hope that i would use ebm , but in reality i would probably use the formula

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    I would go with my friend's EBM in a heartbeat.

    It's not weird to me at all, it's just milk

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    Personally I'd go the formula, especially since it's just once off. Even though your friend seems healthy you just never know (and they may not know themselves). Unless her BM has been properly screened I wouldn't be comfortable with it.

    You can mix your EBM with formula to make the amount you need too.

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    Without a doubt, the EBM.

    The World Health Organisation recommends that the order of milk that a baby should get goes:

    1) Own mother's breastmilk from the breast
    2) Own mother's breastmilk from a bottle
    3) another mother's breastmilk from the breast
    4) another mother's breastmilk from a bottle
    5) forumla.

    Formula should, in an ideal world, be the 5th choice on the list, not the first.

    TBH, I think we as a society are pretty screwy when we think that human milk is weird and odd and should be used in second place to completely modified milk from another mammal...


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    I'd use my friend's ebm.

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    I'd use the friend's ebm too


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    I'd just go the formula.

    If it was ongoing i'd consider EBM.


 

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