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Old 11-12-05, 01:44 AM
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Default Tired of pumping

Rosie will be 6 months old next week. She has had formula only a few times, and small amounts at that. I pump milk for her bottle for daytime when she is at daycare.

I'm getting really tired of pumping. If I stopped pumping and gave her formula during the day would my milk supply continue for nursing evenings, mornings, and weekends, or would that screw everything up?

Would having formula during the day take away the positive effects of breast milk (keep her healthy and allergy free)?

As of now I pump in the morning after I nurse her, again at lunch (but I only get a 30-minute lunch so don't get much time), again when I get home from work after she's nursed (she generally nurses one side and I pump the other). And again before I go to bed.

Let me know what you think.
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Old 11-12-05, 02:07 AM
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your body will make whatever milk you demand of it.

The only thing that could happen is that she eventually decides one over the other and is no longer content to switch back forth.
Some kids never mind the switching between formula and BM ... and some really do mind.

I couldn't take the pumping while at work so I weaned when I went back to work. It was just too much without enough reward for me to merit the effort.
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Old 11-13-05, 12:15 AM
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Yeah some babies have a hard time switching back and forth between breast and bottle but I think since she is used to having the bottle at that time of day, it won't really matter whats in it.

Now about the positive effects of breastmilk. I think any breastmilk she gets will be good and still give her the immunities from you. I don't think giving her 1 bottle of formula a day is going to hurt her any.

And about your supply. Your body will make what you demand. I am not sure if it will know the difference on the weekends when you try to nurse her at the time she usually has her bottle at daycare but it can't hurt to try. The worst case scenario would be that you would need to give her a bottle at that feeding on the weekends too.
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Old 11-13-05, 10:41 AM
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I stopped pumping when my DD turned one and she still nurses a lot during the night and over weekends, so I seem to have enough milk for her. I find that my boobs are quite hard by Monday evening because they adjusted to her nursing all weekend and by Friday evening they are quite soft, so it's definitely a supply-and-demand thing.
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Old 11-19-05, 12:10 AM
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I'm doing this very thing right now. I'm planning on slowly weaning Joshua, so all I've stopped doing right now is no more pumping! He gets breastmilk when we're together in the morning, evenings,etc and formula during the day. So far, so good on the milk supply. Good luck.
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