Supplementing with Formula

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

megz06:  No advice, but I’m tagging to follow.  I suspect I’ll have to supplement when my babies arrive in a few months (twins).

Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

We supplement with formula as I have always struggled with a lower supply. We have been using the Costco brand formula. I don’t think it matters so much what formula you use unless your baby needs soy or a gentle formula. If I’m at work, DH will give her bottles with either formula or BM if I have some in the freezer. She usually gets a bottle of formula before we go to bed, and then bf throughout the night (we bedshare). If I’m not working, she usually only gets the bottle of formula before bed and bf the rest of the day. We don’t have a schedule for her feedings, we try to go by her cues.

I’m not going to lie, I cried the first time I gave her formula. Now I realize that it’s not a big deal at all.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I don’t have a baby, but  good friend from work had to suppliment when we had to go to a conference for a week. I don’t know what formula she used, but her son refused the formula, at first, until they started mixing half formula/half breastmilk and then he was fine! So maybe save some of your supply to mix so that you can ease the transition to fomula. Also, when she was back in town, her son went right back to breastfeeding, quite happily. He gets occasional fomula if she’s going to pump and dump or something like that, and he does fine switching between the two!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Do you pump at work? I’m curious about this as well as I most likely won’t be taking my full 12 weeks.  I had plans to EBF during my leave, then pump at work just to keep things going and pump at home for when I’m not home and put in the freezer.

 

I don’t even know if that makes sense, I just thought it did, so I’d love to hear how moms found a way to keep it going as well!

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

megz06:  I was surprised how hard it was for me to give her formula at first because I have never judged others for giving formula to their babies. I just felt like I personally was failing her, even though I had done everything in my power to increase my supply. I remember thinking “I’m poisoning her right now” when I was giving her the first formula, and then I thought “Wait, no, she’s hungry and you’re feeding her…that’s all!”. I had to remind myself of that for a little while, and now I don’t even think twice about giving her formula. I’m just happy I’m still able to bf at all, and that the majority of her milk is still coming from me.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I supplement with Enfamil Premmie formula for my boys. I was sad when the doctors suggested it because I made enough milk, but they wanted them to have an extra boost. With that said, I add 2 teaspoons of formula to 6oz of breastmilk (I make a bunch of bottles at once) or 1 teaspoon to 3 oz of breastmilk.

FWIW when I went back to work before the boys were discharged from the NICU I noticed my milk supply lowered as well. So I started to drink more water, eat lots of oatmeal and protein and when I got home and on the weekends I would pump every 3 hours for 20 minutes without fail and noticed my milk kind of came back. I know you nurse so that may not be the best option for you to help bring back some of your milk but just thought I would throw it out there.

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

BellaDee:  I pump at work, usually every 3 hours. Unfortunately, DD needs more milk than I’m able to pump at work. The pump is not as effective as a BFing baby 🙁

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

 

Cory_loves_this_girl:  So you pump at work to store? I was thinking of pumping just to pump & dump (we have no private fridges here and the one small one we have is full all the time).

I’m worried that it’ll ruin my supply though regardless.

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

BellaDee:  yes, I pump to store it. I don’t think I could ever pump and dump since my supply is low and I feel like I have to work SO hard just to get a couple of ounces. I seriously get upset when a little spills. I think this is where the phrase “Don’t cry over spilled milk” comes from haha. We have a fridge at work that I’m able to keep the milk in, but if we didn’t have a fridge, my pump came with an insulated pocket and ice packs for storage.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

 

megz06:  Cory_loves_this_girl:  Thanks guys, that’s probably what I’ll do then just incase my supple isn’t as good as it should be. I’m just worried about the milk spoiling but I’ll just pack it up with ice really good. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

To chime in, although I don’t know first hand…a very close family member of mine had drank guiness or IPA to help with her supply. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

BellaDee:  Ah I forgot to mention this as well. A nurse suggested to me to drink a beer as well while I pump in the morning. She said that helps increase supply as well. I haven’t tried it though.

Also here here is the cdc reccomendations for storage of breastmilk. Also a good rule of thumb is that breaskmilk doesn’t have a smell to it. So if you smell you milk and it smells like nothing, then its good to go!

 

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