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Old Jul 25th, 2017, 21:50 PM   1
WackyMumof2
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Mixed Feeding


I was adamant I was going to exclusively formula feed #4 but now I'm not so sure. I don't want to breast feed at night as I tend to fall asleep as a result so I plan to mix feed with breast during the day then any expressed milk and formula at night. It allows me to establish a night routine too. Anyone done this?? I'm so not going to create habits of co-sleeping again.



 
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Old Jul 26th, 2017, 01:17 AM   2
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I would maybe ask in the bf section. My assumption is though that without feeding at night to start you won't keep your supply going. I had to mix feed from 6 weeks (I had to start expressing rather than feeding from the breast because I developed an allergic reaction on my breasts that needed to heal, but couldn't pump enough). Even with waking to pump every time my daughter had a bottle during the night (so usually 3 times a night) my supply still completely dried up by 10 weeks. The night feeds are what tell your body how much milk to make for the next day (never mind you'd be terribly uncomfortable going all night). It might be something you could do more easily after about 4 months when your supply is more established though. That doesn't mean it's not worth a try though. You never know you may have oversupply anyway. But no harm in trying if you won't be too heartbroken if it doesn't work out.

That said you don't have to co sleep just because you're bf. I did because I loved it and we got so much more sleep that way. But I have several friends who easily bf for at least a year with babies who slept separately from the start.



 
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Old Jul 26th, 2017, 01:37 AM   3
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I'd be pumping too but loosing a supply would be my main concern. But I think there are things I can take to help prevent that. I only don't want to co-sleep because DS3 won't sleep in his cot at the moment (to be fair, the house has gotten cold even with the fire so I'd rather know he's warm) and DS2 it took 6 years to get out of my bed. Lol.



 
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