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09/06/2014 at 20:16
My son was born by emergency CS at 33 weeks. Initially he was fed through a nasogastric tube as he wasn't able to suckle. Initially he was fed formula and I managed to express a few ml's of breast milk which was also fed through a nasogastric tube. When I first tried to get my son to latch on I wasn't successful so we went back to formula, however about two day's later a friend showed me how to get my son to latch on, I could feel the difference. The nasogastric tube was removed initially every other feed at the hospital I would breast feed followed by toping up with formula. My son was feed with a small cub which he kind of lapped out of. After two weeks he came home we started to breastfeed at the start of every feed and followed with a formula top up. For the first six weeks he was cup feed after that we went on to using a bottle. We continued to mix feed for the first six months. At this point he had teeth and started biting, drew blood and I felt as he was mixed fed it would be too difficult to get him to stop biting me. This was the end of our breast feeding journey. My son never took more than a couple of ounces as a top up and so must have been taking some breast milk. When we moved to formula he would take normally 8 oz I know we may be unusual in how we mix fed as I think it is more common to breast feed some of the feeds and then formula feed some of the feeds. I will try and answer any questions that people have about my mixed feeding experience and would also like to hear from anyone else who has mixed fed their child
10/06/2014 at 11:29
Just bumping, wondering if any one else would like to share there experience of mixed feeding
10/06/2014 at 12:20
Thank you for starting this thread Winterflower, it's very interesting to hear your experience.
10/06/2014 at 14:32
I'm currently mix feeding. I felt a failure when I was advised to move to formula with my son (I knew no better and had no second opinion), I assumed I wouldn't be able to BF this time.
Agnes latched on within seconds of being laid on my chest, which blew me away. We did really well and at her first weight check she had only lost less than 2oz, so moving to formula was not an option now. I went back to work when Agnes was 2 weeks. So a few days before we tried her on a bottle and she was fine. I planned to express to cover the mornings I was at work but it didn't go well. So we used formula once a day. Then I was struggling with the cluster feeding in the evening. My baby NEVER seemed satisfied, or happy in the evening. Because I get D-MER (a depressive emotion accompanying breastfeeding) the evenings were leaving me distraught and tearful and hubby felt helpless. He wanted me to quit breastfeeding because he was scared the D-MEE would lead to post-natal depression. The compromise was to include a bottle of formula in the evening. That's worked really well. I was upset at first - giving a bottle myself seemed wrong - but it was the right thing to do.
My hours have increased as part of my phased return, so once a week Agnes visits me at work for a lunchtime feed. Then a bottle in the afternoon. These hours won't change now until mid-August so I was really, really happy with that. She's putting on the appropriate amount of weight and seemed satisfied. We've regressed though, my water tablets are messing with my milk and now I have a frustrated and hungry baby and hubby has been forced to give her 3 or 4 little formula top-ups, which I hate. I'm trying to express again, and have stopped taking my tablets.
In August I will be doing more hours and potentially away from Agnes 3 (and occasionally 4) days per week. At that point I think all day time BFing will cease. She'll be about 16 weeks. Have any mix-feeders reduced BFing to just twice a day? I can always do the morning feed, and an evening feed. If I can carry on, I'd like to.
10/06/2014 at 19:23
It definitely sounds like mixed feeding is working for you. D-MER sounds horrendous particularly with cluster feeding and that you made the right decision to include a bottle of formula in the evenings. I can understand you being frustrated about having to give little formula top-ups. I would have loved to not to always have topped up my son but I couldn't take the risk of stopping formula altogether and him start loosing weight as a prem baby. Particularly as our first attempt didn't work.
Sorry your water tabs are affecting your water supply. Just be careful when trying to balance things your health is the most important thing. You should be able to increase your milk supply. My cousins daughter had to stop breast feeding completely for a few days when she was very ill. The health visitor said she wouldn't be able to get her supply back but she did and was after a while drop feeding her son formula.
As to feeding morning and night a collegue at work continued to do this from when she returned to work until her son was on cow's milk I think about a year old. All you can do is see what happens and play it by ear.
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10/06/2014 at 20:25
I mix fed S for a while but I didn't have a great supply and would have to express a couple of times a day for a few days every so often to boost my supply. I found it hard because I could see how frustrated S was with the boob compared to a bottle. I did two feeds a day for a few weeks, then 1 for a week or so, then stopped.
A friend of mine did two feeds a day for a few months, then just the morning for a month or so and it worked well for her so it's definitely possible.
10/06/2014 at 21:49
Thanks WF and Popcorn. Really good to know that there's potential for that. I actually hate the idea of sneaking out of the house for work at 7.30am without that cuddle and that feed so if we can continue that would be perfect :)
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