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mirdeemrlvs September 30th, 2013 06:48 PM

Those who are bfding and supplementing...
 
My two oldest I bottlefed (one bf for only 2 months) and my two youngest strictly nursed because they never would take a bottle. Since being up at night has been so tough this time around, I decided to try a bottle and she took it! I only supplemented (with formula) twice only 2 oz for two nights in a row. On Within 48 hours I began to develop mastitis. This Friday night I landed in the ER with a gallbladder attack, mastitis and a UTI. I am now on antibiotics.

Last night was horrible! Grayce was up from 12-3 Oclock and I had to get up early and only got one hour and then 3 1/2 hours of sleep. I didn't want to use formula because it seems to be what caused this in the first place. It was only one feeding and I nursed her until I seemed emptied out and she still took 2 oz of formula.

How do you guys do it???

I don't have a pump and really don't want to pump and use breastmilk. If I'm going to supplement, I'd rather just use formula.

I've really had to make a hard decision to keep breastfeeding because it has been so tough this time around. Encouragement???

BabyT_heart_beat October 1st, 2013 12:25 AM

Re: Those who are bfding and supplementing...
 
I really am not much help here just wanted to say I'm sorry you are going through all of this. I too am supplementing. I breastfeed at night and during the day when I am home. I supplement in the evening so DH can feed her a few oz while I get a few hours of sleep.

I was afraid that I would have problems if I relied too much on the formula. But things seem to be going ok.

I think that you can totally continue breastfeeding but there is nothing wrong at all if you decide to formula feed. I was actually where you are and was thinking I might as well just formula feed it would make things a little easier (i.e letting someone else feed so I could rest) But then I swiped my debit card for a $25 tub of formula and thought hmm maybe it wouldn't be so MUCH easier not to mention washing and sterilizing bottles.

I could never fathom how hard on ourselves we mothers can be when it comes to this. When I was contemplating bottlefeeding I felt a pain in my heart like I was failing my daughter. Although I know in my mind she would be fine either way?

I really think you should do what you feel is best for you and baby. Is the lack of sleep the only reason causing you to turn to formula? Have you tried nursing on your side in the bed that way you don't have to get up and still rest while she nurses? Sorry if Im not much help

Hesperleigh October 2nd, 2013 12:31 PM

Re: Those who are bfding and supplementing...
 
I've had problems from the start. I am now bottle feeding with formula and breast milk (had a stash going) now that I'm at work and then overnight I breastfeed before giving her formula. I had stopped bfing and pumping for four days because I thought I was going to quit and then the GI specialist we saw said to go back to it and now I'm struggling to get my supply back. I can only pump a half ounce between both breasts. I did get a hospital grade pump today and am hoping that will start to make a difference.

It's so hard and now I wish I'd waited to see the specialist before deciding to stop altogether. It was just really, really hard.

Good luck!

mirdeemrlvs October 2nd, 2013 05:43 PM

Re: Those who are bfding and supplementing...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by BabyT_heart_beat (Post 27694123)
I really am not much help here just wanted to say I'm sorry you are going through all of this. I too am supplementing. I breastfeed at night and during the day when I am home. I supplement in the evening so DH can feed her a few oz while I get a few hours of sleep.

I was afraid that I would have problems if I relied too much on the formula. But things seem to be going ok.

I think that you can totally continue breastfeeding but there is nothing wrong at all if you decide to formula feed. I was actually where you are and was thinking I might as well just formula feed it would make things a little easier (i.e letting someone else feed so I could rest) But then I swiped my debit card for a $25 tub of formula and thought hmm maybe it wouldn't be so MUCH easier not to mention washing and sterilizing bottles.

I could never fathom how hard on ourselves we mothers can be when it comes to this. When I was contemplating bottlefeeding I felt a pain in my heart like I was failing my daughter. Although I know in my mind she would be fine either way?

I really think you should do what you feel is best for you and baby. Is the lack of sleep the only reason causing you to turn to formula? Have you tried nursing on your side in the bed that way you don't have to get up and still rest while she nurses? Sorry if Im not much help

Thanks. Yes. you helped!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hesperleigh (Post 27697867)
I've had problems from the start. I am now bottle feeding with formula and breast milk (had a stash going) now that I'm at work and then overnight I breastfeed before giving her formula. I had stopped bfing and pumping for four days because I thought I was going to quit and then the GI specialist we saw said to go back to it and now I'm struggling to get my supply back. I can only pump a half ounce between both breasts. I did get a hospital grade pump today and am hoping that will start to make a difference.

It's so hard and now I wish I'd waited to see the specialist before deciding to stop altogether. It was just really, really hard.

Good luck!

I know. HUGS


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