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December 29th, 2010, 04:14 AM
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What is your reason for feeding your baby with both breastmilk and formula?
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December 30th, 2010, 05:11 PM
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Low milk supply
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December 31st, 2010, 04:34 AM
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I'm supplementing for health reasons, with CFS breastfeeding is a big drain on my energy levels and supplementing means I can still give Sam the goodness of Breast milk but keep my health on an even keel to take care of my family.
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January 1st, 2011, 06:15 AM
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I supplement occasionally because I can't always pump enough at work to replace what he eats. Also to let hubby take some night feedings.
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January 1st, 2011, 08:39 AM
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I supplement just to be able to give him a quick easy bottle if we are out and about so i do not have to worry about do i have pumped milk, is it frozen? should i warm it before i leave (as Kai wont drink it if it is cold) or should i keep it cold? I just want to be able to make it instantly. and he will drink room temperature formula so it works! Plus, i sort of wanted to see if formula kept him a bit more full before bedtime for sleeping. but doesnt seem to do much. so yea i mainly do it for convenience and for times i dont feel like pumping.
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January 2nd, 2011, 06:00 AM
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I supplement occasionally because I can't always pump enough at work to replace what he eats. Also to let hubby take some night feedings.
Supplementing is a great way to let DH get involved wth feeding if you can't always get enough through pumping. I have never been able to get very much thorugh pumping, I've tried 2 different
pumps and just can't get much at all so my DH does the last feed of the day with a bottle of formula while I get 10 minutes to myself to sort myself out for bed!

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I supplement just to be able to give him a quick easy bottle if we are out and about so i do not have to worry about do i have pumped milk, is it frozen? should i warm it before i leave (as Kai wont drink it if it is cold) or should i keep it cold? I just want to be able to make it instantly. and he will drink room temperature formula so it works! Plus, i sort of wanted to see if formula kept him a bit more full before bedtime for sleeping. but doesnt seem to do much. so yea i mainly do it for convenience and for times i dont feel like pumping.
Yeah, I've also found that both formula and BM usually keep Sam about as full as each other before bed. I think they're about the same.
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January 2nd, 2011, 05:51 PM
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Newbie here, coming out of lurking. Is CFS for chronic fatigue syndrome, if you don't mind me asking? I was diagnosed w/fibromyalgia a year & a half ago, but strongly suspect it's reallly CFS & the all over pain comes from my screwy back, and have been wondering if whatever I have is why my supply's so low. Doesn't seem to be many moms w/health issues on here, so thought I'd ask. I supplement because my supply & health prevents EBF, but I want to give Emily what I can for BM.

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I'm supplementing for health reasons, with CFS breastfeeding is a big drain on my energy levels and supplementing means I can still give Sam the goodness of Breast milk but keep my health on an even keel to take care of my family.
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January 3rd, 2011, 07:23 AM
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Hey there! It's great to meet you!

Yup, CFS stands for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I have a secondary diagnosis of fibromyalgia too but CFS is my main health issue I had never thought about whether it could cause supply isses; certainly I was never able to BF my eldest aftr he first couple of weeks, partly because she didn't seem to enjoy it but parly because my supply never really kicked in. I had never considered if my health was a contributing factor.

I find that when I am BFing a lot it drains my energy a great deal and can cause me to start relapsing. I discovered with my second daughter that supplementing with 2-3 bottles a day left me with enough energy to look after my family properly, to cook and clean etc. Sometimes when she was ill or upset and she just wanted to BF all day I'd get really ill and exhausted.

It might be worth searching on google to see if there is a link, I'd certainly be interested to know. I will see what I can find out!

I hope you stick around and post here some more!
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January 3rd, 2011, 01:50 PM
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Thanks for the warm welcome! i did find this http://www.njcfsa.org/FACTPREG.html and this is my fave site for cfs/fm Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association - Home A bit crazy here but i will def post more as able. congrats on your LO!
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January 5th, 2011, 03:52 AM
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Those are great links - thank you for sharing! The first one also makes me feel validated about my decision to opt for a c-section this time, it was definitely the right choice for me and for Sam.
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January 15th, 2011, 07:15 AM
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I started supplementing because breastfeeding was getting so tiring. Lilah doesn't sleep well at night and I just couldn't recover without some real sleep so I finally caved and let DH give her some formula. It has been so much better since we started with the formula, she is less fussy even. Only bad thing is that I think we are going to end up on all formula before she's 2 months old because my supply is getting lower and the bottle is so much easier.
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January 15th, 2011, 06:45 PM
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not gaining enough, and low on the milk im not makeing enough for her
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January 18th, 2011, 01:36 PM
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My daughter nurses like crazy in the evenings. She can nurse for an hour and still not be satisfied. So my DH gives her a bottle sometimes at night. Also, I will make up a bottle if we are out and about. I do public breastfeeding but if we go somewhere where we think others may not be comfortable, I give give her a bottle.
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