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Old 02-22-08, 08:28 AM
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DD is now 3 months old and she has been sleeping through the night (10 or more hours in a row) since 9 weeks. She is breastfed exclusively and gets one bottle of ebm per day. I pump twice a day, once after her morning feeding and once when dh is giving her a bottle. This has kept up my supply and has helped her "learn" to take a bottle. (She was terrible at taking a bottle and would scream for an hour instead of eating from it so our doc suggested giving her one bottle a day to keep up her skills)

My doctor also said that if you want to drop one feeding a day for formula bottles, you should wait until after a few months so your supply is already well established. The earlier you start to drop feedings, the more impact it will have on your supply.

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Old 02-22-08, 11:26 AM
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My experience has been to exlusively breastfeed for the first 4-6 weeks to really establish a good supply past the engorgement stage.

When our girls were about 3 1/2 weeks old, we started with the 2:30am feeding. I'd get up and pump while DH fed her a bottle of EBM.

I only used formula with Char in the Supplemental Nursing System in the beginning because of our "traumatic birth" experience and all of the stuff that came with that. Otherwise, I used formula in cereal when they started solids.

I'd give it another 2-3 weeks before you start supplementing or you could "spoil" your supply before you get a good base established.
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Old 02-23-08, 10:29 AM
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good advice ladies

I did try a bottle the other day and she drank it NO problem

Dh is so excited to bottle feed her a bit-- so we'll try it with EBM for now-- I can pump a bottle a day
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