Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Aug 15th, 2010, 03:23 AM   1
Becki77
Mum (Mom)
Chat Happy BnB Member
 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Hampshire
Posts: 1,822

Combined breast and formula feeding, any success stories?


Hi, I'm popping over from 3rd tri!
I just wandered if any of you ladies had successfully combined breast and formula feeding? If so how have u done it?
I'm planning after establishment to bf during the day and formula feed at night, simply because I also have a 22 month old that wakes at night and this way I can share feeds with my dh and hopefully get a bit more sleep!
I know I could try to express and will certainly try but with my son I didn't have a very good milk supply at all so I'm just making provisions!!! Any advice is gratefully received!
Thanks becki x



Status: Offline
 
Old Aug 15th, 2010, 04:43 AM   2
rihanna
Mum (Mom)
Chat Happy BnB Member
 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 2,292
i have been doing this for 8 days and so far so good! xx



Status: Offline
 
Old Aug 15th, 2010, 09:47 AM   3
Celesse
Mum (Mom)
BnB Addict
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: UK
Posts: 8,813
I was mixed feeding (breast, EBM, formula) until 4.5 months due to ongoing issues with weight gain and feeding. My LO was one of these that fed non-stop, if she wasn't asleep she was feeding and often feeding when she was asleep and still didn't gain weight. Anyhow.... I spaced out the bottle feeds as to minimise the effect if had on my supply.

If you are going to try and give LO formula over night you might want to try giving an evening feed of formula at 7pm-ish, a breastfeed when you go to bed at 10-11pm-ish, formula for the middle of the night 4am-ish feed and a breast feed in the morning. Obviously this would only work if LO is co-operative as we all know they like to do their own thing!

As well its preferable to hold off introducing bottles until after the 6 week growth spurt to establish breastfeeding and avoid nipple confusion. But that's a decision you need to make based on how the feeding is going to effect your lifestyle and that of your family.



Status: Offline
 
Old Aug 15th, 2010, 09:51 AM   4
MrsBandEgglet
Mum (Mom)
BnB Addict
 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Yorkshire
Posts: 8,630
I combination fed with EBM up until Arf was 6 months. I wouldn't exactly call my story a 'success' because it really wasn't what I wanted but we did what we could and knowing I was getting some of my milk into him was comforting. Best of luck xx



 
Status: Offline
 
Old Aug 15th, 2010, 11:29 AM   5
Becki77
Mum (Mom)
Chat Happy BnB Member
 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Hampshire
Posts: 1,822
Quote:
Originally Posted by Celesse View Post
I was mixed feeding (breast, EBM, formula) until 4.5 months due to ongoing issues with weight gain and feeding. My LO was one of these that fed non-stop, if she wasn't asleep she was feeding and often feeding when she was asleep and still didn't gain weight. Anyhow.... I spaced out the bottle feeds as to minimise the effect if had on my supply.

If you are going to try and give LO formula over night you might want to try giving an evening feed of formula at 7pm-ish, a breastfeed when you go to bed at 10-11pm-ish, formula for the middle of the night 4am-ish feed and a breast feed in the morning. Obviously this would only work if LO is co-operative as we all know they like to do their own thing!

As well its preferable to hold off introducing bottles until after the 6 week growth spurt to establish breastfeeding and avoid nipple confusion. But that's a decision you need to make based on how the feeding is going to effect your lifestyle and that of your family.
Excellent advice thank you! I wasnt planning on doing both until bf was established. Fingers crossed my supply is better than my previous attempt! thanks girls x



Status: Offline
 
Old Aug 15th, 2010, 16:31 PM   6
MelanieAnn
Mum (Mom)
Active BnB Member
 
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 1,008
Almost all mums who start supplementing with formula end up giving up breastfeeding earlier than they'd like to. Formula is highly addictive; it drives out breastfeeding.

There are multiple reasons for this. One is that formula fills tummys so full that the baby has a hard time digesting it (and may sleep) and also the tummy stretches making it harder for them next time they are breastfed. Also especially in the early days, the formula replaces a breastfeed, and so the breasts produce less, but not just one breastfeed, more like one and a half.

Combining feeding is usually a way of transitioning to formula feeding, with all the hazards attached to that.

Melanie



Status: Offline
 
Old Aug 15th, 2010, 17:16 PM   7
Vix79
Mum (Mom)
Active BnB Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 219
Quite a bit further down the line than you, but I began combining bf and ff from 6 months - I do the other way round and ff in the day as lo is going to nursery soon and I bf during the night (still feeds once or twice) and first thing in the morning. Been going nearly 2 months and it's workign well for us, but I agree with some of the other posters that your supply does need to be well established first. Good luck with whatever you decide.



 
Status: Offline
 
Old Aug 15th, 2010, 17:23 PM   8
bky
Mum (Mom)
BnB Addict
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Christchurch, NZ
Posts: 4,009
I combine and have been for 3+ weeks now. However, what I do is not time/labour saving as I'm combining because I don't produce enough milk. Basically I offer the breast first then top up with whatever formula she will take.
So probably not helpful to your situation.



 
Status: Offline
 
Old Aug 15th, 2010, 17:35 PM   9
lauzliddle
Mum (Mom)
Active BnB Member
 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: South shields, UK
Posts: 995
i combi fed with alfie from 2 months until 7.5 months as for some reason i had low supply in my left breast, me and alfie were both ready to stop feeding at 7.5 months as he was a biter and made me bleed.

i have combi fed wth since 5 weeks due to low supply in my left breast again i have also been in and out of hospital due to an operation on my leg and could not feed for 24 hours on 3 occasions, at the moment i am only giving her one bottle before bed and feeing myself the rest of the time.

however is all i done with alfie in the start and it did eventually increase in ff and decrease in bf, i am hoping this time i can stick with just the one night time feed with molly. i hoped this helped good luck



 
Status: Offline
 
Old Aug 16th, 2010, 04:02 AM   10
Jetters
Mum (Mom)
BnB Addict
 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 5,145
I give K two bottles of formula a day and have done for the last two weeks without any problems *touch wood* so far, as I have low supply. He has a bottle at around 9pm, I bf him at 12ish, then he has another bottle at 3-4am. It's working really well as it means when my OH is here I can have a sleep and he'll do the night feed. I don't express at the times he's having bottles although everyone said I should and it doesn't seem to be causing me a problem.

I have an abundance of milk in the mornings (and GIANT boobies!!) since i've missed a feed overnight, so if my OH is here i'll express it after he's fed and usually get enough EBM for one bottle, so then he has one bottle of formula that night and one bottle of EBM. However I can't express when OH isn't here, as my Bubs is very monkey-like and refuses to be put down! And I can't do it with him in my arms.



Status: Offline
 
Reply



Bookmarks

Tags
breast , combined , feeding , formula , stories , success

featured articles


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search






SEO by vBSEO