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Do you think it would be bad if I started giving dd one bottle of formula a day? She's always real fussy between picking ds up from school and his bedtime and I'd like to be able to feed her and play with him more so I thought I could give her a bottle at that time instead of nursing her. Will that mess anything up? Is there a kind of formula that's better than the others?
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I had dh give Owen a bottle of formula once when Zach and I were playing with something and I just did NOT feel like stopping to bf Click here to enlarge

I don't know what's better. Owen got a butt rash after that bottle (dairy, probably).
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Does she like bottles or formula? What makes you think the formula would make her less fussy?

Lots of moms successfully give a "relief" bottle at some point but I am not sure if it always accomplishes what you would like.

regardless, one bottle a day should not compromise your supply as a whole. It would probably mean playing catch up supply wise if you ever chose to stop using the relief bottle.

To decide which formula you should probably talk to your dr. They are basically all the same with minor differences which may be important if you are concerned about allergy, soy, lactose and etc. but none is superior in and of itself.
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Can you pump at all? Just thinking the supply thing like Ima, if you're pumping out a bottles worth that should keep it up. I just bought bottles, just waiting until I get enough freezer stash to have dh try it out. And even if you do just do formula it's not that huge of a deal imo Click here to enlarge.
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the question you really need to ask is "what am I trying to accomplish?"

I dont think a bottle (of whatever) will make your baby less fussy for that time period, necessarily.
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the question you really need to ask is "what am I trying to accomplish?"

I dont think a bottle (of whatever) will make your baby less fussy for that time period, necessarily.
I guess you're right. If dh was here to feed her that formula it would make her less fussy I guess. I can pump, I just hate it and haven't been getting much lately.
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if your dh were there to take her away and let you have time for your other child it would all be moot right?Click here to enlarge

can you carve out another bit of time for the other kiddo?
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My daughter is two months now and I've been having such a hard time sleeping that I hand her over to my husband at about 4 a.m. and let him feed her a bottle of formula. She gets one bottle a day and it hasn't seemed to interfere with the BFing. I suppose I could pump a bottle the night before but I've been so sleep deprived that formula is just easier now.
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I'd be concerned about my supply at that time of day, honestly. I know just personally, I'm like a fountain the morning and it can be touch and go at night, which I think is pretty common among nursing women. I'd be worried about limiting the nursing at night, especially if you say you're not pumping all that much off that time of day.

That said, my VERY crunchy ped told me that if I absolutely had to (this was when I was having issues with mastitis and wondering if I needed to wean) supplement or have SO feed dd, as long as they're getting 50% breastmilk a day, they're getting most of the benefits of bf.
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Coop has had the occasional bottle of formula, and it has been fine. I am still the milk-fountain and he's content as long as it's food. Frankly, just shoving the boob in his mouth is easier, though.
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