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Combination feeding.

Discussion in 'Parenting' started by goonergirl2009, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. goonergirl2009

    goonergirl2009 New commenter

    I exclusively breastfed Charlotte for 16 weeks and at that point I started introducing some formula as well as breastfeeding on my GPs advice as she was dropping down the centiles in weight (she only put on 1 pound in 6 weeks) and was having a bit of difficulty with her bowel movements. This worked really well and within a couple of weeks she had gained one and a half pounds. She now has three breastfeeds (morning/ afternoon/ evening) and three bottle feeds which is working really well. However, over the last couple of days my breasts don't feel as full at these feeds and I am beginning to worry that my supply is drying up. I think that combination feeding is working really well but I don't want to have to stop breastfeeding her this early (she is now 19 weeks old). Does anyone have any experience of moving to combination feeding? Thank you!
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  2. Hi goonergirl I've just posted about stopping feeding. I started combination feeding around 5months and noticed that my supply seemed to be reduced. I had been expressing till that point and found I suddenly couldn't anymore. Anyway I continued to feed but assumed LO wasn't getting much as I never seemed to fill up. But now at almost a year old I have stopped. Assuming there wasn't any milk coming in as hasn't felt like it for months, but almost a week later they are HUGE and painful so I'm guessing I was still producing plenty all those months just not as obviously as in the early days.
     
  3. goonergirl2009

    goonergirl2009 New commenter

    Thank you, betsy. That reassures me that I might hopefully be able to carry on for a while!
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  4. kittenmittens

    kittenmittens New commenter

    Instead of alternating breast and bottle feeds could you do a breast feed each time then top up with formula afterwards? This is what I was told to do when LO lost lots of weight in her first week. I decided to switch to formula completely in the end as it turned out she hadn't been getting much milk from me and I wasn't producing much due to poor stimulation (rubbish latch, totally my fault) but anyway this is what the midwives suggested.
     
  5. Hi Gooner, I am still bfeeding exclusively (LO is 22 weeks) and I haven't felt full for the last month! I feed Jemima every 2 and a half hours in the day, and unless she does 10 or 11 hours overnight I never feel full at all. I think your boobs just settle down, mine are much smaller than they were and I'm having to buy new nursing bras as my rib cage has shrunk back and my cup size is much smaller too. Such a pain as they are so expensive! She is still putting on weight so I assume I'm still producing enough!
     
  6. was going to say what wormburger has said- your (.)(.) will settle down and may not feel full but it doesn't mean your baby isn't getting a full feed from them.
     
  7. I have noticed this too recently. The breast that I wasn't feeding from used to leak a lot when feeding but it doesn't anymore unless I have not fed him for a long time [a good night!].
    Kittenmittens don't be tough on yourself, it is not your fault!
     
  8. Mine settled down from about 11 weeks. Can you express at all, perhaps when LO has her formula feeds? I exclusively express, bar one bottle of formula in the evening. I produce enough for LO with 5-6 (double pumping, down from 8) sessions a day. It is a bit of a chew, but if you are worried about supply, it can boost it. My boobs don't even feel that full after 7-8 hours, whereas before they were excruciating if I missed a session. And yes, I've perfected a technique for bottle feeding LO whilst double pumping with no specialist kinky underwear. I'm the height of sexiness.
     
  9. Blimey Leeds! What sort of pump do you use? I only pump occasionally so obviously haven't got the technique right - I can't manage to do anything at the same time, and that's only pumping from one side!! I have to put LO under her baby gym and hope she's in a good enough mood to stay there for a while.
     
  10. It's the somewhat optimistically named 'Pump in Style' by Medela. I've got a single pump, Medela Swing as well which I use on long car journeys (I kid you not). The action on the Swing is a lot nicer, and feels like a treat when I get my t*ts out on the road (I'm not driving though, that's my next challenge). It's a bit sad when you get the let down reflex on sight of a breast pump, rather than a baby... [​IMG]
     
  11. goonergirl2009

    goonergirl2009 New commenter

    Thank you all for your advice and words of reassurance!
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  12. Leeds- Go you!!!! Well done for sticking with the expressing for so long. I couldn't have done it. If bf hadn't taken off I would have packed in with the expressing when the feeds went up from 2oz at a time!
    Gooner- I'm still bf, morning and night and Mr Seblibobs has bottles of formula in between and has since about four months old. Your supply will adjust to fit the demand.
    When Seb was around five months old I suddenly became unable to express. If I pump for an hour I might, if I'm lucky get four ounces. Yet if I feed him he's full. It's very odd but I googled it and it happens alot. Apparently.
     

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