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bootle feeding my one week old. my_babies Due March 15; 317 posts
6th Mar '13

I been bottle feeding my one week old since he was in intensive care. He has been home for a week now and I'm still bottle feeding. I notice that I still have my milk and i was debating if i should change him from formula to breast milk? I never bf my girls so this is new to me and I'm clueless as to what to do. I want to try to breast feed even if is for a short amount of time because i want him to get all the benefits he can get from bf.at the same time I'm debating if changing him from one milk to the other is healthy or if is going to make his stomach hurt or something. I also want to know if i can do both breast milk and formula? Like i think what would make me feel better would be using a breast pump that way i know how much milk I'm getting and supplementing the rest with formula if needed. I also want to know if i can mix the breast milk with the formula in the same bottle until i get the ones he is drinking at each feeding? In the past, i have never produce enough milk to give my girls the amount they needed at each feeding and this its why I'm asking all these questions. I truly want to try for my son to have some of my milk even if it is a small amount. What do you guys think? Would he benefit from it? Thank you in advance for any advice given.

ChubbyCheekers 2 kids; New York 3117 posts
6th Mar '13

Absolutely!



You can do both but I would recommending BFing as much as possible - the more you supplement, the lower your supply will be. The more you nurse, the more your supply will increase - it's a supply-and-demand kinda thing. It will meet baby's needs.



Look up some youtube videos for how to latch baby on and for different holds and put him to breast! http://www.kellymom.com and http://www.lalecheleague.org are good resources as well.

usernametx Texas 19748 posts
6th Mar '13

Absolutely he would benefit from breastmilk, it's what human's are designed to consume and there are risks in not doing it. With breastfeeding they suckle differently than they do with a bottle, it also regulates their bodies and requires less energy. The milk itself doesn't need to be measured because during each feed the milk changes in composition to suit what your baby needs. The milk at different times of day also contains different things - natural pain killers, antibodies dependent on what you've just been exposed to, different levels of hormones for things like sedating/restful sleep etc. Your baby will ask to suckle more in line with how much they need, and you have to breastfeed directly to ensure your body keeps up with their changing needs. These are just some reasons why breastfeeding directly is more effective and beneficial. Formula is a 'dead' product, it doesn't have any of the above things, no active enzymes and it doesn't change to suit their needs.. that's why you just feed a start amount when they are hungry. It just meets basic nutritional needs, whereas breastmilk is about a lot more than basic nutrition and so the frequency and way they feed is different.



My milk didn't even come in till day 5 and at a week old you should be able to be fully bf in quite a short period of time. A great site for factual information is www.analyticalarmadillo.co.uk

SavageDarling 3 kids; Webster, Massachusetts 10381 posts
6th Mar '13

Any breastmilk is better than none. Just put him to your breast and try to eat him to latch. You can look up YouTube videos on proper latch. The best way to keep your milk or increase your supply is to have baby nurse nurse nurse.



It should upset his stomach, no you cannot mix it with formula in the same bottle, but you can use formula and breastmilk to miced feed if that is what you want to do. pumping and feeding is fine but the skin to skin from nursing is how your body knows what antibodies and nutrients to put in the milk. So pumping is still wonderful breastmilk but nursing is better if you can.

my_babies Due March 15; 317 posts
7th Mar '13

I am so frustrated, disappointed, sad. I've been trying to get him to latch on since last night with no success :( ... I feel like I want to cry because the milk is there but he just don't want my breast at all! He even make these faces every time i try. In my desperation, I even try using a breast pump but nothing comes out with it even when the milk is there. I have though of giving the milk to my 15 month old just that my breast won't dry up. I truly wanted to breast feed my son :(

twingals 2 kids; Ontario 600 posts
7th Mar '13
Quoting my_babies:" I been bottle feeding my one week old since he was in intensive care. He has been home for a week now ... [snip!] ... milk even if it is a small amount. What do you guys think? Would he benefit from it? Thank you in advance for any advice given."

Sorry I didn't read all the responses above, so hopefully I'm not duplicating too much.
If you want to do it, for sure you can try to breastfeed again with him. It usually takes quite a while to completely dry up once your milk has come in and the amount in there can increase again if you start to bf.
It shouldn't make his tummy hurt really because breastmilk is usually easier on baby's tummy than formula, so it's not like switching to another formula. You absolutely can do a mixture of formula and breastmilk, especially since he is already used to formula, it shouldn't be hard to do.
If you are serious about it, I would encourage you to put him to breast to encourage your supply to increase. You can then offer him a formula bottle after to "top him up" and see what he drinks. This will also give you an idea of how much breastmilk he took.
You can also pump, but it might be harder to get your supply back up that way, as well as your supply may not last as long exclusively pumping. I did end up doing this though and it worked pretty well for me for 5 months. If I needed to, I would just top up a bottle of breastmilk with the liquid version of formula to make it the # of ounces needed to feed baby.
Hope that helps with your questions!

twingals 2 kids; Ontario 600 posts
7th Mar '13
Quoting my_babies:" I am so frustrated, disappointed, sad. I've been trying to get him to latch on since last night with ... [snip!] ... I have though of giving the milk to my 15 month old just that my breast won't dry up. I truly wanted to breast feed my son :("

Just saw this... don't worry! That hasn't been long trying at all! It's a steep learning curve for you both. Try when he is hungry, but not starved so that he doesn't get frustrated too easily. Just keep trying, and keep pumping in the meanwhile. It all takes time. But if you decide not to continue, remember you tried, and that counts for something!

my_babies Due March 15; 317 posts
7th Mar '13

Thank you. It made me feel better what you wrote. I actually try again this morning and he did latch on on both breast! Not sure if he took any but I hope this would be one of the many times he take the breast. The one thing I don't like is the fact I don't know how much he took if any. do know he only drank one and a haft ounce of formula. I hope I did not under feed him far worse he will loose any weight. I also wanted to ask, as to my nutrition. Do I continue eating like I do or should I change? While I was pregnant I was use to eat whatever I wanted and by that I mean not healthy at all. Before pregnancy I was use to eat healthy but I know it will take me some time to get back into that routine. I figure the one thing I need to give up is hot sauce and coffee. Out of everything I have to admit these two are the hardest food I have to give up because I heard that coffee and hot sauce is not good for the baby. Please let me know what you think as to nutrition comes. I also want to add that I want to thank for every one advice and support!

twingals 2 kids; Ontario 600 posts
7th Mar '13
Quoting my_babies:" Thank you. It made me feel better what you wrote. I actually try again this morning and he did latch ... [snip!] ... let me know what you think as to nutrition comes. I also want to add that I want to thank for every one advice and support!"

That's great!! Congratulations mama! You will know he is getting enough based on how much formula he takes afterwards and by how long he goes between feeds. But... the more often he breastfeeds, the more your milk supply will increase, so it's a tough decision how much you want to top up with formula after a feed versus just feeding from the breast more often.
As for your nutrition, you will likely be hungrier and need some extra calories. I know I ate more while breastfeeding than while pregnant (but I was also feeding twins). I never cut out hot sauce and I just cut back coffee to one a day in the morning, which was the same as while I was pregnant. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated. That's about it.

SavageDarling 3 kids; Webster, Massachusetts 10381 posts
7th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting my_babies:</b>" Thank you. It made me feel better what you wrote. I actually try again this morning and he did latch ... [snip!] ... let me know what you think as to nutrition comes. I also want to add that I want to thank for every one advice and support!"</blockquote>
That's wonderful!! Congrats!!
And you will know he's had enough becuse he's stops eating, babies eat until they are full. If you are hoping to eventually nurse exclusively, I would recommend trying toget your feedings closer together than they were with formula so your breasts are getting as much stimulation from him sucking as possible. Don't offer the formula after the nursing session unless its obvious that your breasts are empty and he's still acting hungry. Don't assume you don't have enough for him, that will lead to more supplementing and supplementing will lead to your supply diminishing.
Also, it's a natural part of breasteeding for baby to act hungry often and want to nurse A LOT more often than he was eating formula. Breastmilk is digested much more easily than formula. Being fussy and acting hungry even though you may feel like he's been nursing 24 hours straight is normal, it's called cluster feeding and it's how he lets your body know how much milk to make. He'll do it durin growth spurts and right now while your milk is regulating.



I have to repeat what I said earlier, invest in Dr. Sears Breastfeeding book. It's such a wonderful and informative resource for Breastfeeding. I had so much trouble nursing my daughter for the first 3-4 months and this book was tremendously helpful to me. I honestly don't think I would have made it without it. And she has still never had formula and is Breastfeeding happily as I type, she's 26onths old now.