just looking at all my options anyone freed bub only expressed breast milk so basically bottle fed with your milk instead of formula
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26-03-2012 04:25 #1Senior Member
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anyone souly feed expressed breast milk in bottle
26-03-2012 04:35 #2
I expressed for ten months with my 23 weeker. Only managed 8 months with my 30 weeker. It's hard work but worth it
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26-03-2012 07:05 #3
I did it for four months with my dd. She wasn't a sleeper though and would only do 20min stints at a time so i would put her down, express and she would be up again by the time id finished.
It was extremely exhausting but i felt it was a good compromise when i was struggling so much with breast feeding.
If your thinking about doing jt make sure you get a double breast pump.
26-03-2012 10:02 #4Senior Member
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I did with DS & DD for 6 months, but my milk supply was quite low so I needed Motilium tablets to aid supply and what I was expressing fell just a little shy for bubs so both were topped up with formula. They had about 3/4 breast milk a day and up to 1/4 formula.
26-03-2012 10:41 #5
Yep - 4 months with DS2 until his reflux got out of control & I couldn't keep up anymore.
26-03-2012 11:16 #6-
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Honestly, the crap some of these midwives tell you! They told me I shouldn't express more than one feed a day as my milk would dry up because my body would know it wasnt the baby sucking and would stop producing milk.
Things like this are the reasons I found it so hard to BF and gave up after a month!
26-03-2012 11:21 #7
I did for just over a year. If you've got a good supply, it's quite possible. It is quite a commitment and I found that my day was dictated by the clock, but I was happy to do it for my DS, and it just became part of my daily routine.
26-03-2012 11:21 #8
To answer the OP, I expressed for DS1 for three months, but my supply dwindled and dwindled and so his formula comps gradually took over. I found it incredibly exhausting, emotionally and physically. I had such low supply that I never had enough milk to get ahead of his feeds, so basically had to express at feed time while he cried. If you had a good supply to start with I think the whole thing would be much easier though
26-03-2012 14:22 #9
Yup - I expressed for my twins....9mths for my DS, who then refused the bottle and I returned to breastfeeding him. Still breastfeeding him now. And expressed for my DD until she was 1, then I started her on goats milk. Can be done.
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