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June 11th, 2010, 11:47 AM
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I've heard of ppl doing this but I've never done it.
I'd love to use my breastmilk since we are finding the need to supplement..its breaking my heart but if I can keep giving her breastmilk, even if mixed with formula, I'd be happy.

We've exclusively breastfed since she was born, almost 4 weeks ago (She'll be 4 weeks, this sunday (the 13th). The past week she's been very unhappy and eating round the clock and never seems to be satisfied, so we finally gave in the day before yesterday and gave her some formula *mixed with water* and she was very happy.

So, now im wondering, if instead of mixing 2oz of water with one scoop of formula (for 2oz of formula) if I just do 2oz of breastmilk with the powdered formula> Is this how you do it.

We are using the Enfamil Gentlease and Enfamil Premium Lipil (for fussiness and gas) the back only says about mixing w/ water..so i wsnt sure if i could mix those with breastmilk..

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June 11th, 2010, 02:54 PM
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Hello, and welcome! Congrats on your new little one!

I believe that if you mix the powder formula with breastmilk, it is still going to be the same amount. So, I'm not sure that would really be supplementing? I'm trying to understand lol It seems like it would be the same amount, unless you mix the formula with water and then add that to breastmilk, which would make more.
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June 11th, 2010, 03:36 PM
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You shouldn't mix the formula powder with bm instead of water unless your lo is having problems with weight gain (and then there is a certain amount to mix, it isn't a scoop of powder to 2 oz. like you normally mix it). If you would mix it with the bm instead of formula, your lo would be getting twice as many calories (calories from the bm + calories from the formula) without adding intake (which is what would make her belly feel full).
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June 11th, 2010, 05:14 PM
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Thank you very much! That does make more sense though, She doenst seem to have any problems with weight gain.. She went from 4lbs 11 oz to 5 lbs 7 oz in to weeks. The doc was very impressed at her two week check up.. Her birth weght was only 5lbs 1oz and then at 2 days old when we left the hospital she was at 4 lbs 11 oz. I will jsut do breastmilk first, then if she is still hungry, I'll give her some formula...
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June 11th, 2010, 06:21 PM
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Do you think maybe she is going through a growth spurt? I know when Kyleigh did, she would nurse all the time. And, now that she is strictly bottle fed, she will eat a bunch it seems like and then sleep a ton later on when she is growing.
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June 12th, 2010, 07:51 PM
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With both of my kids I always mix the formula with the water, then add it to the breastmilk.

Example:
5 oz of BM
mix 2 oz of formula + water
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June 12th, 2010, 09:55 PM
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We never really mix it together, though I know plenty of people that do. We would supplement by giving a whole bottle of formula instead - Formula powder with the water.
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