Yep I'm still bf'ing though I think next weekend I'm going to introduce formula so I can start having a social life, a break & some alcohol. Wow that sounds selfish! I'm pumping but nowhere near enough for over night. I feel guilty, like I'm poisoning my child giving formula which is bloody ridiculous, it's perfectly safe & the only alternative! You know I never thought I would feel like this, I thought I'd be happy to start formula! I'm not sure how often to give it to her yet, do I give her a bottle a night so that when she's babysat it's not strange to her It's my birthday on 18th & I'm really looking forward to a nice meal & drinks, perhaps some too haha!
Isn't it funny, MrsP, how protective we feel about bf? I also feel like formula would be letting her down, even tho that is super silly and is not the case. Dr Brown's seem to work really well for Gabby, she hardly burps when she uses them. They are a pain to clean tho. I broke down and bought a special basket that you can put all the parts into and then load the whole thing in the dishwasher. I got sooo sick of washing bottles by hand every day! Have you ever given her a bottle? I would suggest starting with one a day at least a couple times a week. I was lucky in the Gabby took to the bottle quite easily and I didn't really have to work her up to it. Every so often she has picky days at daycare where she only takes 2 bottles all day, but other days she takes all 4 that i pack for her.
I can't believe gabby is approaching her half year mark! its still 21 days away, but man does time fly! We have been having lots of fun going on walks with the nicer weather, and we keep practicing sitting up, standing and rolling over. DH is going to Las Vegas for a work trip for a whole week in early june. That will be interesting, being alone with her, seeing if i can get anything done. My mom may come stay with me for a day, and I may stay at my parents house for a night as well.
Jelly, I hope baby does not stay back to back...I think i have heard unpleasant things about labor that way. I can't imagine having gone 12 days overdue! I was happy to have her out 2.5 weeks early!
I have pumped and dumped! It helps when you have a giant freezer stash. At first i was so protective of my milk and I didn't want to waste any. Then i realized i had a huge supply and could afford to dump a few. It still makes me a little sad to do, but I get over it!
Jelly - so close! That's good baby is head down, but yes we hope you don't have to go through back to back labor!
MrsP - Yay for a birthday coming up! You deserve a night of fun, bd-ing included I hope the transition to part formula goes well. My friend with twins did part time formula because she couldn't keep up with both babies (obviously! lol!) All went well, they maybe had a little bit more upset tummy with the formula and she said she could always tell the formula poops from the breastmilk poop lol! But really wasn't too hard on them. I agree with Chloe though, keep practicing with the bottle, we did with H and now he's a pro! I can even feed him a bottle and he'll take it.
We had our first day at the new daycare yesterday and WOW what a difference! There were three kids with 2 adults. H took two naps and his afternoon nap was almost two hours, much better than at the previous daycare. She sends us home with a list of everything: naps, bottles, diapers, mood. He was in such a good mood last night. Last week he was just so overtired by the time I got home we could barely make it though bedtime routine before he passed out. Last night we even got to do a little playtime. I'm sooooooooo happy with our new caregivers.
Speaking of breastmilk, I signed up yesterday to get started on donating milk. I'm running at at least a 4 oz. a day surplus above what he eats at daycare and my freezer is at capacity (when I started work, I was at over 400 oz and now I've just been adding more.. we haven't used any of it). So I'm going to start donating. I'm pretty excited about it, little preemie babies will get milk because of me! I never would have thought I'd have a "problem" with too much milk lol.
Oh and with pumping and dumping, I have a couple times. Same as Chloe, it's not too heartbreaking when I have a ton of it to begin with.
Thanks for being supportive on the formula ladies & thanks for not thinking bad of me!
Yes we give Penny a bottle of expressed every now & then, she's fine & even took it off me no problem! We had tommee tippee bottles, now I'm so pleased I've got the dr brown
I'm sure I've asked this before, but how much did you ladies manage to express when you first started? At most I've got 3.5 - 4 ozs, but now I'm only managing 2.5 as I'm expressing less on advice of the health visitor. I need to add this is with the medela mini electric pump, I had a TT electric one previously which was USELESS!
Daydream I'm so pleased you are happy with Harrison's daycare! it's great that you've got so much milk you're going to start donating!
Sbmack, I thought you had to pump & dump after drinking alcohol, however I was reading the kellymom website yesterday & it said you don't have to unless you're uncomfortable! I find this rather odd!
Sorry to hear you'll be on your own Chloe! I'm sure you'll be fine though!
In the morning I get between 8-14 ounces depending on how much H eats. Then I get around 4-6 ounces each time after that.
As for pumping and dumping I've only done so if I've been out long enough to need to pump. The alcohol in your milk is the same as your blood alcohol and dissipates as your blood alcohol level goes down.
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