Hi all with Leo i purely bottle formula fed him as i didn't like the idea of breastfeeding and my milk didn't come through till around day 6 so had nothing to offer him anyway.
This time however i'm thinking of both breast and bottle/formula feeding, is this possible??
Or do you just express into the bottles and not give formula??
If its ok to give both breast and formula is their a special formula that would agree better with the breast milk- eg not to irritate baby??
Main reason for wanting to try it is so that i know i've at least given it a shot once and tried iykwim??
And also the price of formula these days
If i can go down this route of 50/50 feeding what would i need to buy in preperation??
I know for the bottle part i'd need steriliser, bottles, teats etc etc, but what about breast feeding? would i need to purchase anything to assist me??
Sorry its a tad long...also do they "help" show you how to breast feed in the hospital...or will they assume i know as i'm a second time mum??
(when i had leo i was never encouraged to breast feed just given the bottle and told to get on with it)
Thanks in advance xx
Hi I breastfed but was unable to express milk so gave my daughter a bottle occasionally , I was recommended by my mw to give aptamil as it is the closest to breastmilk , I gave my daughter water from a bottle from birth so she had no problems going from breast to bottle , if i could have expressed I would have given breastmilk only xx
I'm intending to do half and half hopefully, but its due to medical reasons. I only have one boob in working order as the other had everything removed with a lump years ago. I'm sure its possible as my friend has combined both and her bubs is doing fine... but I am going to ask my mw about it for advice just in case its not going to work out for me.
I found though, that it is far easier to start the way you mean to go on.
With both my girls (#1 and #3) I didn't try to give bottles until after about 2 months and they weren't happy with the idea. And would refuse it - causing distress if I wasn't around to feed them.
With my son (#2), I had to give formula straight away due to his size and my milk not being in properly for the first day or so.
After the first week of 2 to 3 bottles a day and breast milk, I dropped him right down to one formula feed at night (as his daddy enjoyed being a part of the feeding - and I made it the last feed at night so I could sneak to bed early).
I found that my body adapted to what I wanted it to do without any issue.
I never expressed as I had no desire too. If they were taking a bottle it was to give me a break and so therefore it could just be formula - but that was just me.
The girls I feed for just on a year, and my son just over 6 months. The only thing I do wonder is if he didn't breastfeed as long because he got to the point where the bottle was easier? I don't know.
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