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Old Feb 26th, 2011, 04:56 AM   11
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I breastfed Summer for 3 weeks but had to stop as I wasn't producing enough milk for her. I was so upset when I had to switch to formula but as the midwives kept reassuring me she'd had the most important stuff in the first few days. I'd hoped to do it for 6 months. Since she went on formula she is a much happier and contented baby.

I will definitley try again when I have another baby but I won't stress if I'm not able to do it for as long as I wanted. I put far too much pressure on myself last time and got so upset. I was worried that others would think I didn't try hard enough. Next time I'll just keep in mind that as long as my baby is getting what they need and are happy then that's all that matters!

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Just a little advice for next time, babies have a growth spurt around 3 weeks and act like they are not getting enough milk, they want to feed constantly, your boobs don't feel full and the baby wont settle. It usually passes within a few days but many mums mistake it for a supply problem xxx
I've noticed that too that many mothers stop around 3 weeks and think it's supply problems, there really should be more support for breastfeeding so women are ready and aware of what's happening! The one person I know in real life that breastfeeds stopped at the 3 month growth spurt because she was convinced she must not have enough milk



 
Old Feb 26th, 2011, 05:07 AM   12
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I breastfed Summer for 3 weeks but had to stop as I wasn't producing enough milk for her. I was so upset when I had to switch to formula but as the midwives kept reassuring me she'd had the most important stuff in the first few days. I'd hoped to do it for 6 months. Since she went on formula she is a much happier and contented baby.

I will definitley try again when I have another baby but I won't stress if I'm not able to do it for as long as I wanted. I put far too much pressure on myself last time and got so upset. I was worried that others would think I didn't try hard enough. Next time I'll just keep in mind that as long as my baby is getting what they need and are happy then that's all that matters!

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Just a little advice for next time, babies have a growth spurt around 3 weeks and act like they are not getting enough milk, they want to feed constantly, your boobs don't feel full and the baby wont settle. It usually passes within a few days but many mums mistake it for a supply problem xxx
I've noticed that too that many mothers stop around 3 weeks and think it's supply problems, there really should be more support for breastfeeding so women are ready and aware of what's happening! The one person I know in real life that breastfeeds stopped at the 3 month growth spurt because she was convinced she must not have enough milk
If it wasn't for BnB I would have thought it too, midwives and HV really should warn you about these things! xx



 
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Old Feb 26th, 2011, 05:13 AM   13
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thanks for all your replies, its really made me think about how long to BF for.

wow im surprised at how many of you want to breastfeed until you LO's are 2/3years. i never even thought about breastfeeding for that long. i just sort of thought id do it till around 8/10months (have no idea why i picked that age)

has anyone mixed breastfeeding with bottle feeding? does this work well? xx



 
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Old Feb 26th, 2011, 05:25 AM   14
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thanks for all your replies, its really made me think about how long to BF for.

wow im surprised at how many of you want to breastfeed until you LO's are 2/3years. i never even thought about breastfeeding for that long. i just sort of thought id do it till around 8/10months (have no idea why i picked that age)

has anyone mixed breastfeeding with bottle feeding? does this work well? xx
The WHO recommends at least 2 years of breastfeeding

Lyra has the odd bottle of expressed milk, supplementing with formula can be a slippery slope though, it affects your milk supply. xxx



 
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Old Feb 26th, 2011, 05:28 AM   15
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really, i didnt think it would be affected if it was being expressed xx



 
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Old Feb 26th, 2011, 05:33 AM   16
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No expressing shouldnt affect supply but supplementing with formula will because your not getting the stimulation to produce milk as LO is getting it elsewhere. Once you start to give formula it's hard to go back xxx



 
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Old Feb 26th, 2011, 05:36 AM   17
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oooh right i see...that makes sense, ive just been thinking if i could breastfeed most of the time but express milk for times when i go out with the LO, im not sure how id feel about BF in public,

thank you all so much ive learnt a lot from this thread xx



 
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Old Feb 26th, 2011, 05:46 AM   18
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I thought I wouldn't feed in public too but now I do it anywhere! I'm proud of what I'm doing, I shouldn't have to feed my baby with a bottle so others don't get offended. After childbirth all your modesty is out the window anyway xx



 
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Old Feb 26th, 2011, 05:47 AM   19
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Pixxie, thank you for that, I didn't know that. Although it was my hv and mw that advised me I should stop as my supply wasn't there. She was unsettled from the first day i breastfed, its not something that started at 3 weeks. She would feed for no more than 5 minutes then scream and scream and id repeat the process over and over, it was literally every 5 minutes for the first 3 weeks! I think it has a lot to do with the fact that Summer was in scbu for her first 48 hours and was drip fed so I wasn't able to breastfeed her until her 3rd day. My mw said as my supply wasn't used right away that can have a big effect on the supply that comes through so I'm hoping that next time I'll be able to breastfeed as soon as he/she is born to establish good feeding straight away!

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Old Feb 26th, 2011, 05:53 AM   20
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ye ive heard that your no longer embarrassed about anything after a baby. its not that i think id offend anyone its just that i feel id be to shy to do it infront of people i didnt know...but as you said i probably wouldnt be bothered after actually having the LO. xx



 
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