we are expecting our first (H has two already) in March and have decided to mix feed. My preference is to give breastfeeding my all, but H would like to feed too (I will attempt to pump) but there are milk issues on both sides of the family so best to be prepared.
As I said, complete novice.
Have been looking at formula- has anyone used the Karicare Aptamil Gold HA? It's recommended for bubs who have allergy/intolerance family (H is gluten and lactose intolerant, and g.i. runs on my side too).
Also, can we do breastfeeeding during the day and bottle at night, or what's best?
I will need to pump to avoid supply issues, I know that
Any info is very much appreciated.
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23-09-2015 14:03 #1
23-09-2015 14:59 #2Senior Member
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I would suggest discussing the best strategies with a lactation consultant before your baby comes. If your supply is good (fingers crossed!! And there is quite a bit you can do to work on supply issues in the early stages, worth chatting to LC about before bub too) then it might be an idea to wait on introducing bottles even if it is EBM. My lactation consultant warned that introducing a bottle too early (she doesn't recommend it until 6+ weeks) can encourage bub to prefer the bottle instead of breast as bottle is easier for them. Of course some people will say that their baby takes both from day dot with no issues but this is just the advice I was given from the LC as she recommends waiting until BF is well established first. Also don't introduce formula top-ups unless absolutely necessary (eg documented poor weight gain) as that can lead to supply issues leading to more and more top-ups. There's plenty of ways for dad to bond with baby without feeding too, my DH does all the bathing with our baby girl - they have a shower together every night after work it is so cute! Baby massage, play, nappy changes, cuddles in the bed, settling etc are all bonding opportunities. My DH doesn't feel as though he's missing out he just grabs her as soon as she's finished feeding 😀
I'm managing to exclusively breastfeed my 12 week old girl so no advice on types of formula sorry. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!
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23-09-2015 15:02 #3
Bellamys organic has worked for my friends who mixed feed but I dont know about allergies.
Breastfeeding is probably easier overnight as there is no prep but also as your hormones are highest 2-7am it benefits your milk supply the best.
Milk levels are lowest at 3-8pm ish (cluster feeding/witching hours) so a bottle of formula/expressed milk might be useful here.
Also pumping is no indication of supply so don't get down if you don't get much out of a pump.
Enjoy your pregnancy I loved nursing my babies. Currently 38+6 and desperately awaiting my newest arrival.
23-09-2015 15:06 #4
I can't help with the mixed feeding as i ff from birth, but i used Heinz Nurture formula for my newborns ( just the regular variety, not the 'gold'). The gold formulas can be rich on little tums
23-09-2015 15:17 #5Senior Member
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23-09-2015 15:31 #6
As others have said it would be best to chat with a lactation consultant or the ABA.
They will likely encourage you to breastfeed exclusively for the first 1-2 months. By that time you'll know yourself when you would most like a break and hubby to give the bottle.
I mix feed and use S26. Haven't had an issues with it although I haven't tried any others to compare.
24-09-2015 19:42 #7
Don't want to exclusively breastfeed, but thanks.
24-09-2015 19:50 #8Senior Member
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I did mixed feeding with my first and introduced a bottle at six weeks because of the whole nipple confusion thing and we had DH do the early evening feed first and then by three months it was bottle for the night feeds and I BF'd through the day.
She ended up weaning completely by 10 months.
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24-09-2015 19:54 #9
24-09-2015 20:01 #10
Check out the ABA website as others have suggested. I'm fairly certain there are info sheets on there regarding mixed feeding.
A few things I would think about/chat with your DH about before the fact:
- how many feeds a day will your DH do?
- will they be consistent feeds? ie first feed of the day upon waking/last feed at night before bed etc
Your supply should sort itself out to match what you're doing if there's consistency to it. If they are just random feeds throughout the day, you will need to express so you don't develop mastitis. At the beginning, I would recommend exclusively breastfeeding until your milk is in and babe has established at the breast. If you start mixed feeding right away you could have issues with your supply and breast refusal. It's not so much about nipple confusion, it's the flow of milk, especially at the beginning. The flow of milk from a bottle is much quicker than a breast with colostrum, so babies can get a little bit lazy if they know they can get it in a quicker and easier way.
All I can say is that there are no right or wrong answers. Just work out what will work for you and DH and it will all fall into place.
Formulas, no real idea! As long as it's a newborn one! Some people find that the ones with probiotics can upset their babies guts to cause diarrhoea, and some with extra iron can constipate so it might just be a bit of trial and error. If you do try out a few formulas, give them at least a week if not a few days to try the formulas. Many babies will have some gut upset if you're constantly changing formulas on them.
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