05/01/2014 at 22:37
I breastfed my daughter in 2009 for 4 months and after a tricky start it all went well. (I had a third degree tear and stayed in hospital for 3 nights - she fed or cried almost continuously for the whole time to the point where I hadn't had a wink of sleep in 5 days... I was exhausted and the midwife on duty said that I should give her some formula to get some sleep and tackle it again in the morning. She had a few oz of formula from a cup and slept for a good few hours - I was out like a light and then the next morning my milk came in and we went on to breastfed successfully)
Anyway i am now 34 weeks pregnant with no. 2 and I am in a dilemma about buying bottles / steriliser / formula. I am determined I am going to breastfeed again, I know my body can do it and I am looking forward to doing it again. However (maybe because of last time) there is a niggling thought in the back of my mind saying that I should buy some bottles and formula 'just in case'. I am not sure what I think might happen. I am also worried that if I buy these things in then I will be less inclined to persevere if the going gets tough in the first few days again.
Did anyone else buy bottles and formula even though they were determined to breastfeed? Did it make it easier to give up breast feeding or did you find it reassuring to have the items in the cupboard as a back up?
05/01/2014 at 22:46
I did....just a couple of bottles and 2 of those small cartons of ready mixed formula...however I was a first timer and had no idea what to expect etc so wanted to be prepared. I needed them as my son couldn't/wouldn't latch and I was of the mindset I'd try but wouldn't pressure it if it wasn't happening. As you've successfully bf before I'd be inclined not to worry pre birth....so many 24hr supermarkets do these,things now that they can be easily accessed if needed x
05/01/2014 at 22:47
I have bottles and a breast pump as i am keen for the baby to get expressed milk as well as direct from source. Ive not bought formula though, its easy enough to get if needed.
05/01/2014 at 22:53
I’ve bought some bottles and a pump. Even if bf doesn’t go well I want to express as much as possible. We aren’t buying any formula, and have decided that if it’s needed H can pop to the shops and pick up some ready mixed.
I want to be half prepared as I have no idea how bf will go (first baby and not the best nipples). Don’t think having the bottles there will make me give up any quicker though.
05/01/2014 at 22:56
WCKS, bottles and pump but no formula.
05/01/2014 at 23:00
Based on my experience I wouldn't. There were a couple of nights where if we'd had formula in the house, I'd have given it, and not gone back to BFing. I'm so glad now that we kept doing it so for me it was the right decision. (We don't drive and it was mid-January so it wasn't easy to just pop to a 24-hr supermarket and get some!) I can easily see why others would disagree though and in your case having the formula available actually made it possible for you to BF longer!
05/01/2014 at 23:01
Oh and we had a pump and some bottles but as we had no formula that made them useless in that regard!
05/01/2014 at 23:48
06/01/2014 at 07:28
I had got bottles and a steriliser starter pack as I'd use that regardless of bf or ff (bottles eventually for expressed milk) plus sma ready bottles. Everything was a godsend. I had an emcs, baby in scbu and I was in a lot of pain so had to use formula in hospital at times to remain sane. When at home knowing I had the ready bottles actually made me more determined not to use them initially but we did have to occasionally. It was such a relief when he wouldn't latch on and had been screaming for hours to just get the formula once I made that agonising decision instead of H needing to leave me to go to the shops. I firmly believe that just because you had the stuff in the house you will not stop bfing just based on that. I had a very hard bfing time, I quit twice, but at nearly 7.5 months I'm still exclusively feeding.
I would do the same again apart from I would try to syringe/cup feed formula or no expressed milk available in the first two weeks if necessary before trying a bottle and this is purely to avoid nipple confusion. If the syringe/cup didn't work I would use a bottle.
06/01/2014 at 11:48
We got bottles and steriliser as I figured I'd need eventually, however I was determined to BF (having never done it before) and three them in the back of the cupboard, didn't know what formula I'd buy, hadn't looked into it, didn't know any of the guidelines for formula making up or how to use the steriliser.. I'd never let myself be as unprepared again. I had a bit of a crap labour, 40.5 hours then CS and my milk didn't come in, in fact, I'm not sure it ever came in! But on night two, e was screaming inconsolably, she was latched for hours on end getting more and mor upset, eventually MW took her off and said for me to express (nothing came), so I tried hand expressing, and then so did she. Nothing.. So E had formula. Tbh though i now don't kno if E was screaming for hunger or because she's allergic to milk/lactose intolerant (BM has high levels of this) so we switched to formula, and my H had a panic as we knew nothing? Thankfully a lady in boots rescued him, but as it turns out, we needed specialist formula anyway, so, buying I'm advance might not be the answer either iyswim, but I'd be prepared next time in ensuring h and I know what we would use/need should we need it.
06/01/2014 at 13:22
Thank you so much. I think I will buy some bottles and a steriliser as we will use them even if breastfeeding goes well when I start expressing. I will try and hold off getting formula as we are pretty close to a 24 hour ASDA anyway. I don't want to get myself convinced this baby will need formula before my milk comes on just because it happened last time, and I think at the back of my mind I will be more tempted to use it if it's in the cupboard already. Thanks for the advice about getting bottles in though, I hadn't thought about needing them either way!
06/01/2014 at 13:45
iv got a pump and bottles. steriliser and i bought some of the starter bottles from boots that are pre sterilised and pre filled.
i thought for the sake of 20pound or something id like to be prepared
06/01/2014 at 15:06
Missdeedee gave me a tip off about MAM bottles which are self sterilising so I bought 3 for £12 to have regardless of what feeding method we end up using. I have a breast bump too but won't buy formula unless needed but we have a 24hr asda close by.
06/01/2014 at 20:24
It's the mams bottles and microwave steriliser I've got. Highly recommend them.
06/01/2014 at 21:45
We got given a pump, steriliser & bottles but I probably wouldn't have bothered if I hadn't been given them. Didn't get any formula & never needed to give any so glad I didn't bother buying any
06/01/2014 at 21:55
06/01/2014 at 23:05
I had bottles and a steriliser as planned to express at some point. As it went I had a hard time with the BF and were on formula. I didn't have any however and H just picked some up for us.
The MAM bottles are great, O took to them great and they are so easy to clean and the fact you can sterilise individual bottles is great.
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