• V
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • over 1 year ago

Combined feeding

Hi mama’s! Need some help/advice in terms of your experiences with combined feeding. I’m a first-time mum currently exclusively breastfeeding 4 week old but returning to work when she’s about 2-2.5 months old. Will be away from her 3 days a week, 7am to 7pm (feeling a lot of that dreaded mum guilt already 😂😫) How did you combined feeding mums find it? I’m scared my baby will go off my boob once I introduce a bottle. How did you find it expressing at work?
  • J
  • Remus, United States
  • over 1 year ago

I didn't introduce my babe to a bottle until around 4 weeks, but still primarily breastfed until I went back to work at 3 months. He was good at taking it, but wasn't great with using it well at first (couldn't figure out the difference from breast in latch and swallowing, tended to gulp a lot of air). Now I pump twice a day when I'm at work and he's fine at drinking those bottles. Thankfully, he still loves the boob, so anytime I'm home, that's how he's fed. Also, not sure if this made a difference, but we also didn't offer a pacifier until about 4 weeks. He wasn't a fan the first few months, but will take it sometimes the past 2, though we try to be sparing with it.

  • A
  • Summit Point, United States
  • over 1 year ago

My newborn is 5 weeks. I don’t produce enough breastmilk to solely nurse. He’s been back and forth bottle to boob since he was born. We supplement with formula (which I’m not a HUGE fan of, but it’s necessary). We don’t have any problems. He dives for my boobs first and foremost. The bottle did make him lazy tho. He likes the ease of even the slowest flow bottles but he's good about both.

  • E
  • Aurora, United States
  • over 1 year ago

It's a scary thing for sure because am a first time mom too and I had the same fear. But I have been breastfeeding when I get home from work and in the morning before I go to work. Its working out well and when am home on my days off I do it through the day to also continue to make milk.

  • K
  • NY, US
  • over 1 year ago

I recommend using the bottles that are close to boobs. Like the Medellin and Avente ones. My day is 10 months and will only take these ones

  • K
  • NY, US
  • over 1 year ago

Yes, I was auto corrected

  • V
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • over 1 year ago

I’m not familiar with Medellin, do you mean Medela? Because I’ve just bought a set of those with their calma teat which I’ve read is very good. I haven’t tried them yet. So hopefully my little one will take to them, fingers crossed!!!

  • N
  • Renton, United States
  • over 1 year ago

I do both . Have since my son has been born . I find that if I fed him with boob first (15 min on each side ) then bottle feed for 15 min he gets used to what a boob is like and bottle is like . It really depends on the baby though . The younger the better but it’s something you have to turn into routine . Just be warned it could go good or bad . Worst thing to happen is you have to pump lots and eventually boob dries up

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