Supplementing with formula at three months?

posted 2 months ago in Babies
Post # 2
1152 posts
Bumble bee

I’m not a mum but have you tried pumping at the times she was meant to feed then give to her via a bottle? I’ve been told they have slower flow. It may be worth trying before going formula (not that I have anything against formula, do whatever you need to do!) if she takes the breastmilk via bottle, your husband can also take turn to feed her?

Post # 3
1370 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Just a thought but have you had baby checked for lip / tongue tie or seen an IBCLC to get her latch checked? It seems unusual that you’re experiencing oversupply while you’re baby isn’t gaining well,and combined with the green stools and congestion my other thought is that there could be some sort of dairy or other food allergy going on (in which case, a dairy based formula possibly won’t help).

I’d highly recommend meeting with an IBCLC because they might have some very simple suggestions that could make life easier for you!

Post # 4
7278 posts
Busy Beekeeper

techmom :  it sounds to me like you have an oversupply and your baby is getting too much foremilk and not enough of the fatty hind milk. That would explain the green poops and the weight loss. Try block feeding to get your supply back into balance – feed only from one side for a few hours/feeds and then swap. If you off-side gets too full just hand express a little for comfort. 

Post # 5
478 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I totally get you on the mom guilt. Neither of my first two were great breast feeders and it was a total disaster for us. I started incorporating formula around 3 mos (I was also going back to work and it became a real hassle to be schlepping my pump all over the country) and my kids are totally fine. They’ve grown like weeds and while I felt like somehow I was shortchanging them, we’ve all come out the other side ok. We’re having our third in July, and we’ll try the old breastfeeding game one more time, but as my pediatrician husband reminds me, “the goal is to feed the baby- however that happens is fine.”  

Also- we found that Triple Paste is a diaper rash boss- it’s worked wonders for our kids (albeit a little pricey), but clears it up in no time! Good luck! 

Post # 6
7906 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I think seeing a lactation consultant is a good idea if you really want to keep trying to EBF, but also, you should not feel at all guilty if you decide to supplement with formula! Your baby will be fine and your own mental health may improve a lot, which will make you a better parent! 

You could also have your husband give the baby a bottle of pumped milk during the night while you sleep, so you can catch a longer stretch of sleep. I started doing this at 2 weeks postpartum and it didn’t impact my supply at all to miss that one feed every night cause it was with milk I’d pumped earlier in the day. 

Post # 7
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 1984

A wonderful, science based, video on this topic. I hope it helps allay your feelings of guilt. You’re doing the best you can – and I bet it’s pretty darned good!


Post # 8
9573 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I exclusively formula fed from day one. My daughter is healthy and happy and in turn I am much happier. 

Breastfeeding is great for the people it works out for but its not the answer for every mother/every baby. There is no one size fits all so you just have to do what’s best for your family and screw what anyone else thinks. 

Post # 9
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

cclarkrun1 :  Triple Paste is the best!!  Tried a lot of diaper rash creams, and this one is by far the most effective.

Post # 12
1746 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Dont feel guilty about using formula or don’t let anyone else make you feel guilty. A fed baby is the number one priority 

Post # 14
3324 posts
Sugar bee

Don’t waste a second on guilt. Science milk is wonderful. I had a very low supply and had to supplement from the beginning. I spent months trying to increase my supply and almost went off the deep end doing it. My son was eventually all formula by 5 months. He’s off the charts in height, meets all of his milestones with no problem and has only missed a couple days of daycare due to illness. And we all sleep at night. Thank you, formula!!

Post # 15
614 posts
Busy bee

techmom :  is it possible for you to pump and feed? Maybe you have a fast let down which is making her pull off? I’m currently ebf so I know the time it takes and there hasn’t been any research to prove babies sleep longer on formula BUT fed is best and your mental health is a priority. If she’s doing better on formula then don’t guilt yourself for choosing to feed her that instead of breastmilk. 

Also, have you considered that reflux could be causing the congestion? Or maybe something in your diet that is affecting her. 

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