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24/06/2013 at 13:21
Just wanted to ask a few things if I may. Florrie is 8 1/2 weeks now and is exclusively breast fed, she had one bottle of EBM at 4 days and none since. Now I'm packing my flat to move I have about 30 bottles that I need to decide whether to sell or keep, but I'm scared of tempting fate. So far BFing is going pretty well, but people are already asking me if I plan to switch to formula now - my idea was to keep going atleast until weaning.
So for those who started then stopped - what made you stop? When did you stop? Were you already giving bottles for a time before you stopped?
24/06/2013 at 13:25
If all is going well, why would you stop?
24/06/2013 at 13:27
I'd keep hold of maybe 5 bottles and get rid of the rest. If BFing is going well it doesn't seem like you'll have any reason to stop. If you want to give expressed milk then having a few bottles will be enough and then once weaned, if you decide to give formula then, again 5 bottles would do :-)
24/06/2013 at 13:28
Exactly! The only complication is reflux making some very fussy feeds, but weight gain etc are excellent so I'm not inclined to stop. Only BFers in the family though was my Mum who stopped at 6 weeks. They all think I've done the main bit so why continue.
I don't see any reason why I would stop, but wonder what makes people stop - I don't know if there's any big hurdles I've not forseen!!
24/06/2013 at 13:30
I didn't stop but did introduce formula at 26 weeks with number 1 and at around 22 weeks with number 2 just cos I was getting fed up expressing and wanted my H to take over the odd feed
24/06/2013 at 13:33
Great, thanks Ally. I do have 2 litres of EBM in the freezer already just in case too! But I'd definately keep a few bottles spare incase I need a break or to leave the house!
24/06/2013 at 13:34
I stopped b/fing my first at 8 months, he was mix fed from about 5 months. I stopped bcause I was trying to get pregnant and I wasn't ovulating. Also because he would pull off and look round a lot which was frustrating.
I stopped b/fing my third and fourth at 6weeks, one was exclusively b/f and one was exclusively fed with EBM. There were many reasons why I stopped, I wanted to do 6 weeks with them and I did. It was very tough going having 4 children under 5 and trying to b/f or express.
24/06/2013 at 13:48
I stopped after about 7 or 8 months with both of mine because of going back to work and bottles being easier. We're still using bottles with C now as she just won't drink her milk from anything else (I'm working on this), but I have managed with only 4 bottles during this time as she was down to feeds a day by then. Maybe you could hang on to some of yours in case you need them later, but 30 does seem like a lot.
I did give both of mine bottles of EBM as and when, whilst I was breast feeding them, mainly to include H and allow me a break sometimes.
I stopped with G at 5 months as she would take 2 hours to feed and i had a major phobia about bfing in public so we were sitting in doing nothing most days and i still had to top her up with formula sometimes.
I am bfing with P with the odd top up and she is now 8 weeks. I have no intention of stopping any time soon although i think the thing that would make me stop would be if it was getting tough to bf and look after G who is now 4 especially when pre school breaks up for the summer but will see how it goes..... P is suddenly pulling away whilst feeding too which is causing pain but hoping to get that sorted!!
24/06/2013 at 13:51
Sorry meant to say 30 seems like loads!! The average feeds a day is around 6 and bottles arent sterile after 24 hours anyway so maybe keep 10 max?
24/06/2013 at 14:00
Thanks ladies. I think even if I got to 6 months I'd be pretty chuffed, Ethan was on 3 bottles per day by 9 months, so if I keep 5 big ones that should be plenty.
I was also wondering how I ended up with so many! I bought a starter kit when I was pregnant with Ethan, but then had to switch to Dr Browns for him, so I guess I accumulated a lot!
24/06/2013 at 15:29
Keep going as you are lovely! I fed A till he was 2 and he never had a bottle but i still always had a box of 4 bottles in the house that i kept just incase - i kept them for R aswell but he is 6 months and hasn't had a bottle either. Just keep a few xx
24/06/2013 at 15:30
Thank you xx
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