Post # 1
My LO is almost 6 months old (yikes!) and has been EBF. She started eating SO MUCH MORE around 5 months, and I cannot keep up with her demand. I am constantly living on the edge with the milk supply (I work full time outside the home). I am pumping every two hours during the day, staying up late to pump after she goes to bed, waking up in the middle of the night to pump, pumping after the morning feeding….and it is killing me. I can’t do it anymore. I need to rest. I need to relax. I need to be able to go out with friends and know that she has food to eat. I have been fighting this for the past few weeks, but have just really accepted it today. I am SO PROUD of myself for working so hard to feed her…but also so ready to give myself a break.
*We have started solids two times per day and she LOVES it 🙂
I’ve decided that we are going to supplement with formula and am so relieved. Her pediatrician says any major brand is fine to use. I’d like this to go well, and am wondering if you breast and formula feed, what formula works for you?
Post # 3
I’m bumping this post in hopes someone has input for you!
I went through a similar time when my LO was eating 3 7oz bottles while I was at work and I was barely, if able, covering that much milk pumped during the day (oh, and she was like 3-4 months at the time!). I was stressed all the time about it and felt like I couldn’t go out at night because I wouldn’t have any milk to give her while I was gone! It was killing me. But I started taking fenugreek and blessed thistle and it helped increase my supply pretty significantly. Then she also dropped way down on how much she was eating while I’m at work (now she’s down to 2 6oz bottles at 6months). I now have a good freezer stash. Have you tried fenugreek? You are one dedicated momma to be pumping all throughout the night like that for her! Way to go so far and you’re making the right decision to supplement because you need some time for you too!!
Post # 4
@mrsmjm: I think I would examine possible overfeeding first, to make sure that’s not the culprit of you stressing to keep up. Not to necessarily avoid formula but b/c supplementing may only attribute to making the problem worse!
Around that age, with the introduction of solids, most babies intake does start to slightly decrease. The best “calculation” though (for the ebf baby) is she should have 1-1.5 oz per hour that you’re away so if you’re gone 10 hours she should go through 15 oz MAX! If she’s eating more than that, especially with 2 solids meals a day, then they are overfeeding her & you may want to discuss some bottlefeeding for breastfed babies techniques.
If you’re having trouble keeping up with the 1-1.5 oz per hour gone then of course it may make sense to supplement. Just don’t want you to feel unnecessarily stressed or cause more overfeeding if that is infact the case. =)
Post # 5
I know that generally the most popular/recommended brands are Similac and Enfamil, but both of those work horribly for my baby – tons of spit up, gas puking, etc. Even when I bought the kind specifically made for gas and spit up! What has worked best for us is the Gerber brand, I use the Gerber Gentle with him. I’m part of the May 2013 moms group from here, and many of us have been using the Gerber and having it work very well, I’d definitely recommend it! I’ve been able to switch back and forth between that and the breastmilk (we’re supplementing as well) with no problems.
Post # 6
with my first child we used Earths Best…but later found it was made with GMO products. She did well on earths best formula though…the soy based one. with our second child..we used Natures One Baby’s Only. they have regular milk based…lactose free milk based and soy based formula. its non gmo and organic. she didn’t spit up or have gas…we also used the one without DHA…dha is regular non organic big name brands has been know to cause upset. I highly recommend Natures One…you can buy it online on their website…amazon and ebay..and stores like Sprouts…im sure central market…trader joes. technically it marketed as a “toddler formula”..but it states on their website that they promote 1yr of exclusive breastfeeding. it meets the standards for infants as well. I called the company and the formulas can be used to 3yrs old. we just recently weened our 18 month old off of it..switched to soy milk and shes doing fine.