I've started combi feeding!!

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  1. CARNAT22

    CARNAT22 Well-Known Member

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    I have a very hungry boy and I just can't meet his demands via expressing anymore.

    We've started having one or two formula feeds over the past few days and the difference it has made - to me - is amazing.

    Expressing has been hard work, I struggle to get 4fl oz sometimes or else it takes a long time.

    I thought I'd feel guilty but I actually feel relieved... bub is still getting 90% breastmilk but I am also now able to get that little bit more rest. It was soul destroying having to set an alarm for half an hour before bub is due up so I can express!

    Sadly feeding from the breast didn't work for us, but I am happy with the way things are going.

    xxxxxxx
     
    #1 CARNAT22, Dec 2, 2012
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  2. willowwisp

    willowwisp Well-Known Member

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    Happy mum = happy baby

    I'm glad you've found something that's making life a bit easier. My HV told me baby should be taking 2.5oz for every lb of body weight in every 24 hour period. My LO is taking WAY more than that, he's having much more like 3.5oz for every lb, so I know how you feel re hungry baby! It's hard going!
     
  3. Butterflykisses

    Butterflykisses Well-Known Member

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    I agree. Happy mummy = happy baby. Wot more can u ask for. :)

    I'm jealous as my LO refuses bottle never mind formula. Hoping that wen I start weaning he'll take sippy cup if not bottle. FX


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  4. Sunbeam638

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    I swear by happy mum = happy baby too

    I really struggled giving LO good feeds from 4pm -9 he would just cluster feed & be quite upset too but now he has the breast & top up formula of 4oz around 4pm then breast on demand which is at 6 & 7pm usually then bottle after bath around 9 and he is fine in the evenings now. Plus I feel like he's getting enough and I'm not worrying now.

    Sometimes you just have to go with how you feel even if its against what you had in mind. I thought I'd be solely bf but for me this works great & oh does the evening feed so that's nice for him too.

    Xxx
     
  5. BevG

    BevG Well-Known Member

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    whatever works for you hun is best, never feel you have to stop expressing if you choose to feed that way then do it and top up as needed. your baby your decision
     
  6. tweetyfoo

    tweetyfoo Well-Known Member

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    Like the other girls have said - whatever makes mummy happy

    I do just want to add though on the expressing front - that 4oz is quite a lot for how young James is - so don't beat yourself up about volumes.

    I was only getting 2oz when Aaron was that age - and that was on my best express of the day!

    Even now, some sessions I'll only get about 4oz, sometimes more, yesterday morning we had 12 and a bloody disaster as the bottles only hold 10 between them :lol:
     
  7. Lolly85x

    Lolly85x Well-Known Member

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    Yeahy!!!

    I'm a great believer in a happy mummy = a happy baby!! Well done :) xxx
     
  8. Emily0505

    Emily0505 Well-Known Member

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    I combi fed, so as i see it lo got the best of both worlds.

    You need to do what is best for you both, so you are both happy.

    :)

    XX
     
  9. CARNAT22

    CARNAT22 Well-Known Member

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    Is it normal that James has slightly more with a FF? He has 4oz if it's breast milk but needs 5oz's if it's formula?

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  10. BevG

    BevG Well-Known Member

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    it probably is hun, i wouldnt know as it wasnt latching issues that stopped me bf so i never really gave bottles of bm, i recently had to throw out(!!!!!!!!!!!) all the bm i pumped as id forgotton it was in the freezer from when she was born and every time i tried to defrost some i left it too long and it was manky lol. alyssa always had 5oz bottles and stilldoes now the 1 bottle a day she has
     
  11. Sunbeam638

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    Yep LO gets 3-4 oz of breast milk and 4oz of formula in early afternoon and 5oz as last feed xx
     
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  12. Andreabrad

    Andreabrad Well-Known Member

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    If your happy baby is happy and you will probably produce more milk :) xxxx
     

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