I'm considering mix-feeding 14 week DS because right now I'm having a hard time coping with the relentlessness of exclusively breastfeeding. I haven't made any decisions yet, just hitting a bit of a feeling hopeless patch right now.
Just wondering how you started mix feeding? How many bottles? How did you introduce it? Did their tummy get upset? How much? Did it effect your supply much? And any other info you think may be useful for me. X
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20-05-2014 21:15 #1
How to mix feed
20-05-2014 21:54 #2
I mix fed both of mine - but I started early (4 days or so) with top ups due to supply issues. With my first I always kept formula as top-ups but with DS I was on high dose motilium so had enough milk to EBF once his tongue tie was clipped, but kept giving one formula bottle a day. It was for the same reasons you said, breastfeeding is such a relentless demand and it really helped me cope. Switching between BM and formula never caused my babies problems. My 1st did have colic but no changes in feeding mix helped that!
Firstly, does bub take a bottle? That might be your first challenge.
Personally, I would replace one feed completely and see how you go. Make it mid-morning so if it does upset the tummy it doesn't stuff up your night. You may need to play around with their preferred temperature and brands. I lot of people swear by Bellamy's and, while I'm using their stage 2 now, I thought their stage 1 smelt weird and DS hated it. I would start with Heinz Nurture as it's cheap, so no big waste if they hate it.
20-05-2014 22:22 #3Senior Member
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I have given a bottle of formula to my twins each evening so that I could have a break from the relentless breastfeeding of two. I believe it has been a big part of why I am still successfully breastfeeding 11 months on (it also gave me flexibility to bottle feed when in public). Knowing I had a break in the evening was a real relief in the early days and I've never expressed at all.
To begin with we had DH give the bottle so that they didn't get confused. It was no problem though and we only did this for a week or two from memory.
We've had no issues at all with mixing. I'm now dropping my breastfeeds as I'm ready to give it away in the next couple of months by choice, but it's worked well for us.
By the way...I'm not saying you should or shouldn't. The time you are in now was my toughest time breastfeeding but it did suddenly get better, so you may want to stick it out and you might be surprised the sudden leap it makes to get easier in the near future. Either way, it can be a tough gig and you're doing great!
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20-05-2014 23:54 #4
Thanks girls. So far I'm trying to stick it out and see if it gets better, maybe experiment with expressed top ups first. He's going through a developmental phase and growth spurt it seems so I just feel exhausted right now. I just like to know I'll my options, it helps ease my anxiety and make me feel a bit more in control if I know I have options that I feel good about.
We're currently living in London so none of the same formula brands unfortunately. He does take a bottle but only if he's hungry (which I guess is all babies!!) I have no problem expressing but in a way, to me, that's still not giving me a break if I have to express as well. But at the same time I want to keep my supply up so maybe I would express anyways?? I'm a bit all over the place with my thoughts sorry!
Last edited by HollyGolightly81; 21-05-2014 at 00:01.
21-05-2014 06:48 #5
I think you just need to do what helps keep you sane! Many times feeding for me had to just be taken one day at a time. At 1am I'd be swearing "that's it!!!! I've had enough, I'm switching to formula next feed onwards!!!". Then he'd wake at 3am and the thought of having to get up and make a bottle while he screamed away rather than just lay him next to me to feed seemed too hard. So we'd keep going! Best of luck, I hope the growth spurt settles down soon.
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