We did mixed feeding with our son from about 2 days old. We used S26 because that was what the hospital had and our son didn't have any issues with it, but my sister said she used Heinz and was happy with it too. Not the gold versions.
I agree that breast feeding is so much easier at night than getting up to warm up bottles. If the baby is crying and crying and breastfeeding is not getting everyone back to bed for sleep though, then it was bottle time in our case. No sleep = insane mummy and that's no good for anyone.
I usually prepared that day's bottles in the morning and then warmed them if we needed them. Eventually DS just drank them cold from the fridge.
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24-09-2015 22:06 #12
Im a couple weeks shy of 6 months of mix feeding my second. (born 1st April)
With my first he was exclusively bf at the start but lost too much weight, not enough wet or pooey nappies, became more jaundiced, sleepy, unsettled and finally vomited up mecronium....we ended up being readmitted to hospital. so i tried every trick in the book to boost my supply...but no matter what, i couldnt fully feed him, so every 3hrs, around the clock, i would breastfeed him, then offer a bottle of ebm/formula, burp him, then express/pump. Every 3 hours...for 4.5 months. Then he refused to latch so i kept pumping every 3-4hrs day and night until he was 6 months. when i pumped, for 20-30mins at a time, i may have got 10ml at a time...but i kept at it.
When i found out i was expecting #2 i made sure to research as much as i could on bfing. i saw an IBCLC at 35wks and we developed a plan. i tried to exclusively feed him but my worst fears were right. even with expressing and 2 formula topups we lost too much weight. (Irequested the formula as i just knew things weren't right.) his jaundice wasn't improving
, He was very very unsettled, he started to look thin from our day 1/2 photos, and he went 18 hours dry nappy! I just knew i had the same problem. despite this time around, bfing so much in the first few days in hospital, even the mws were saying "omg are you feeding again?!?". If he so much as sighed, i put him to the breast.
I spent his first month powering into attempting to establish a full supply a but it never happened , as i expected...sooo here we are now. almost 6 months old... and our daily routine is:
First morning feed (where I'm staying awake) i breastfeed, then will offer a topup of formula/ebm. Burp him. then pump.
all other feeds i offer breast, then top up with formula/ebm
our last feed for the night before i go to bed, i offer breast, then bottle of formula/ebm, burp, then pump.
overnight if he wakes i just give him a bottle of formula. i have a 4yo also so need my sleep!
Its working for us. when i pump i get 20-30mls most times in about 30mins.
in addition to feeds, he also has breast for comfort and to go to sleep as well. i think its all about finding a balance that works for you and your little family.
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25-09-2015 15:23 #14Senior Member
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I haven't read other responses so apologies if there's a double up.
You may be as prepared as possible and then baby will throw a curve ball at you and you have to start from scratch. I guess what I'm saying is the baby will be dictating what you do essentially and the best is to just go with the flow.
Formulas may be trial and error or you may be lucky and the first one you try is perfect.
Good luck for very exciting and tiring times ahead!
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25-09-2015 15:44 #16Senior Member
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Ok then. Good luck
25-09-2015 15:50 #17
We mixed fed our first DD she was a bit older though (6 months) and my supply dropped when I was pregnant with DD2 we used bellamys organic as the consistency is most like breast milk (it's quite thin) it was a good formula for mixed feeding and we had no issues with it.
Good luck with it all. As a PP said if you are doing it as a regular feed you will have more luck with maintaining your supply and mix feeding.
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25-09-2015 17:12 #19
One thing to consider is whether you might travel while baby is on formula. When we lived in the UK we used to visit family in Spain quite a lot and the formula we used for mixed feeding was only available in UK so we had to take it with us. This time around with second baby I have some aptimil to use if needed as it's very widely available.
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