Supplementing with formula

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    Jenakatessa
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    my baby screams at my boob:( i was breastfeeding and everything was going great, he is now 5 months old and i am also giving him formula but i want him to want my breast again'( does anyone know how i can get him to suckle….without him freaking..i need to trick him or something….HELLLLPPP

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    themurphys
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    My son is 5 months old. Since he was 2 months ld I was unable to pump, meaning I tried but I did not produce enough. Anytime we are in the car or out and about, he gets a bottle. He generally will go through only 1 8oz bottle if we are out and about and only 1 6oz bottle if we are home. I’m in Sales and on the road so supplementing was the only way. Bradan is really good about switching from breast to bottle. Breast is best, but bottle must be at times. We tried several formulas and Good Start, the most expensive, is what he liked.

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    bjenna1
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    I give my DD 4 oz bottle of formula late morning/lunch time and again at late afternoon/dinner time. The rest of the time she gets BF. She doesnt seem to know the difference except the bottle makes a huge mess cause she doesnt latch on it tight enough like the breast. I also give her Vitamin D drop every day with her morning bottle. Its working for me so far.

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    bjenna1
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    I give my DD 4 oz bottle of formula late morning/lunch time and again at late afternoon/dinner time. The rest of the time she gets BF. She doesnt seem to know the difference except the bottle makes a huge mess cause she doesnt latch on it tight enough like the breast. I also give her Vitamin D drop every day with her morning bottle. Its working for me so far.

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    bjenna1
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    I give my DD 4 oz bottle of formula late morning/lunch time and again at late afternoon/dinner time. The rest of the time she gets BF. She doesnt seem to know the difference except the bottle makes a huge mess cause she doesnt latch on it tight enough like the breast. I also give her Vitamin D drop every day with her morning bottle. Its working for me so far.

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    i-am-pregnant
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    What is the best way to supplement a breastfeeding baby?

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    clarkie3
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    My baby, almost 6 months old will NOT take a bottle!!! I feel like I’ve tried every single bottle on the market! Any suggestions??? Any miracle bottles exist?

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    Hi Ladies…here’s the coop on my EBF with my DD. Lately she has been fussing at the boob. She unlatches and so I squeeze my boob a bit until I see some milk coming out then relatch her and she’s fine for a bit and then fusses again. I’m concerned that my milk is starting to deminish. She’ll be 4 months on the 26th and she’s still waking up every 2-3 hours at night for a feeding…..it’s really getting to me. I’m pissed cause I really want to nurse her only but I just don’t think i’m producing enough to keep up with her. She’s a big baby so she must be gaining weight well but maybe I just can’t keep up? Soooo I might try the night time supplementing. If I do that, will my milk totally go away? Like how long were you able to nurse her during the day and formula feed her at night until your milk totally dissapeared? I just don’t want to have to end up ONLY formula feeding. And will doing the switch upset her tummy? I’m hoping I could mix half breastmilk and half formula cause then she’ll still be getting some of the good stuff at night. How do I really know if i’m producing less at the end of the day? Sonmetimes I can pump 4 – 5oz and other times only about 2oz. But we all know a baby is a better pump then any pumping gadget. And if I go to formula at night…WICH FORMULA DO I USE?? Any suggestions??

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    kokimama
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    Fenigreek is safe. i am currently taking a mother’s milk tea and its working. I produce more milk and the dr said its fine, its all natural ingredients. good luck

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    Nikosmommy
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    I have supplimented both of my son’s with formula, while also breastfeeding. With my first baby breast feeding was SOO difficult. If I had a dollar for everytime I cried I would be a wealthy woman! However I persisted in trying to BF and it took more than TWO whole months to really get the hang of it… my son always fell asleep at the breast, nursed slowly and his latch was always painful (no matter the position). He did take the bottle also, so I knew he was getting enough nutrition…but I was dertermined to continue BF’ing. EVENTUALLY he did become good at it!!! I went to a breastfeeding clinic for the first 2 months every few days to ensure success with feedings, and I was on the drug Motilium for increased milk production. I could barely pump an oz . to save my life. Breastfeeding was so challening BUT I’m so glad I continued…and he actually nursed until he weaned himself at 11 months. I knew the health benefits were strong…I REALLY wanted him to BF and REALLY set my mind to it,,,but BOY was it hard in the begining. My second son is completely different. A great nurser, a good latch and I have good milk production..but I still supplement with formula b/c I still get very little when i pump… EVERY baby is different and it is WORTH it to continue with trying if you can. But that’s all you can do is try…sometime BF’ing isn’t a viable option. BUT do TRY mommies!!!!!!

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    Lulubelle
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    i suppliment every night before bed and my son sleeps anything from 8 – 10 hrs at night (i noramally wae hm after 8 cos i don’t like the idea of him going 10hrs without a feed) and i’ve done this since he was 3 wks!!

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    babybuka
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    Hey ladies I have a question. My son is 4 months old and I have been exclusively breastfeeding but now I think I might have to supplement. i have had milk stored up but now that I am back to work it is going away quickly. How exactly do you guys supplement? Just one bottle of formula a day or two? Im confused and also how many ounces should I make??

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    lourds
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    babybuka: i mixfeed my baby, i give him 2oz of formula/day. i started giving him formula when i felt that he is not getting enough from me. if your dd has not had any formula before, start giving him a little now maybe an oz or 30ml which i hope is equivalent to a scoop of formula in your place/country. i give it to him when he is hungry in the afternoon, then gives him bm when he wants some more.

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