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November 27th, 2012, 07:33 AM
beck12's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Is it a choice that makes nursing more doable for you?

Is it something you feel you have to do due to low supply?

Do you want to mix feed or do you/did you want to exclusively nurse?

I supplemented my 1st when I was working & could not pump enough. When I was home with him I just nursed. Knowing what I know now, I never probably needed to supplement. It can just be really confusing when you are a new mom & there isn't much info about how many ounces they need, etc. Luckily for us though it went okay & we ended up making it all the way until he self weaned. So I pumped for around 14 months give or take (I am giving myself a bit of extra credit - I wasn't *really* pumping the first 6 weeks consistently because I was home - lol). At that point I weaned off day pumping, but continued to nurse in the evenings & all weekend.

With #2 I never supplemented, but I also was much more experienced & I was home.
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January 3rd, 2013, 11:36 PM
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My biggest reason for mix feeding is to make life easier. I am nursing a 4 month old, and i also have an active 2 year old that needs lots of attention so there is rarely time to pump. If I do pump, I don't get enough milk to cover a full feeding, I am usually 2 oz short so I add formula. I am a SAHM, but occasionally I will have a relative babysit so I can run errands and this is when I use formula.

I also have a hard time with nursing in public. If I am alone with my baby then it's not a problem, but most of the time I have both kids with me, and I can't expect my 2 year old to sit in the stroller for a long time waiting for me to nurse. In these cases, I bring the travel bottles of enfamil ready to feed formula.

I have a good milk supply and for the most part we nurse full time. For those few times that we need to be out I am just not willing to make myself crazy with the pumping or trying to figure out how much milk to take out of the freezer the night before.

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January 10th, 2013, 11:57 PM
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I mix feed because my boobs don't want to work right!
I pump every 4-6 hours and whatever I have I mix with formula. So sometimes she gets all formula, or a mix of formula, or if I save it up, she gets all breastmilk!
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February 1st, 2013, 02:32 AM
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i mix feed coz my milk supply isnt enough to cover full feeding. believe it or not, i can only pump half an ounce on both breast that's why i supplement. sometimes baby refuses my breast. i dont know what the problem is but breastfeedingalone doesn't work well for me
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March 16th, 2013, 11:56 PM
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My husband is too involved of a father not to be able to feed his son in the middle of the night. We have a very interesting relationship where sterotypical gender roles don't apply. We work together as a team on everything, from raising our 12 year old, to our 8 week old. I attempted to pump and have BM on hand for him, but I was getting less and less milk each time I pumped and couldnt produce enough from pumping. So I nurse when ever hes hungry, but I still go out and have Mother Daughter time, grocery shop, or sleep in and if he is hungry in that time my husband give him a bottle. It frees us both up. At first I felt bad, but I've decided that its better for our son that we are stress free about it, That hes getting a majority of BM, and thats better than some kids. And that formula isnt poison, there are a great many kids who are raised on formula alone. Once I accepted that, I was a happy mommy spending quality time with a happy baby.
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March 11th, 2014, 10:08 AM
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I mixed feed because my left breast is inverted and LO isn't satisfied after BFing.
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