Bottle feeding and breastfeeding

by Newmom
(Barrie, Ontario, Canada)

I am bottle feeding and breastfeeding my 8days old baby... I get frustrated because I spend a good 30min to 1hr breastfeeding and still come out short.

My back aches already, and my nipples start to feel sore. I then add formula to top up the breastmilk with 1 ounce - 1 1/2 ounce.

Am I overfeeding??

I don't understand what my baby wants after an hour of breastfeeding. ;(
It gets frustrating

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Sep 24, 2012
I know it's frustrating
by: Jaclyn Pawlowski

Love I know it's frustrating. My 5 week old had several days of cluster feelings during his growth spurt where he fed non-stop all day long.

Maybe this is a growth spurt. Do you have a breast feeding center or lactation consultant you can see whom could help guide you and make this less frustrating?

I saw one when my little one was 5 days old and it helped tremendously. They were very encouraging. The first growth spurt starts apps. At 7-10 days. Are you keeping track of wet & dirty diapers? That will let you and the consultant or pediatrician know if he/she is getting enough milk.

If they are he/she could be eating to stimulate you to produce more (growth spurt). Another comes ~ week 2-3 & week 6.

If you need a break you can try pumping and have someone else feed the baby. I did that too and it helped. My nipples were also very sore and the consultant prescribed me a topical antibiotic which helped me heal (took 4-7 days before it felt better) but well worth it!

Hang in there and good luck!

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From Bottle to Breast

by Samantha Jane

When I took my beautiful baby Anna back home, I never realized that she would get upset whenever I tried to feed her. I used formula milk with her, but she wouldn't accept it from me. Her daddy could feed her, and even her big sister could feed her, but whenever I tried to give her the bottle, she cried endless tears.

I was so depressed; I did not know what to do. My doctor told me to breastfeed. This surprised me. If she wouldn't take a bottle off me, how would she cope with breastfeeding?

But to my surprise, it worked. First time round was successful, she drank with no upset, and I gained a lot from this experience, and the most important thing a mother can have - a developing bond with her baby!

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Feb 19, 2011
So inspirational!
by: Tracy

Wow, that's an inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

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From bottle feeding to exclusive breastfeeding

by lilly

Was breastfeeding up to 4 weeks, then got an infection and was very sick so introduced bottle feeding as a top up for breastfeeding.

Now my milk supply has reduced and am mostly bottle feeding, she prob has about 6 to 8 bottles and gets about 8fl oz of breast milk now. Can I still go back breastfeeding without giving any bottles and what is the best way of going about it??

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Jun 25, 2011
Reestablish milk supply
by: Tracy

Breast milk production works on supply and demand, so in other words...the more you breastfeed or stimulate milk flow with massage etc. the more milk you will produce...even if you are producing very small amounts now, you can breastfeed exclusively.

What you need to do:

- Breastfeed as often as you possibly can.
- Start pumping in between breastfeeding sessions.
- Eat a bowl of oats every morning
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily

The best way to do this is to continue with the formula and slowly decrease the amount of formula given as your own milk supply starts to increase.

pages that will be helpful...

- How breast milk production works

- Combination feeding

- Exclusive breastfeeding

Hope this helps

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Breast to Bottle to Breast

My son was born three weeks early and breastfed with no problems until my milk came in on day 3.

I had so much milk and was engorged. My son struggled to latch and was choking on all the milk which was pouring out everywhere even when he wasn't sucking.

He failed to regain his birth weight as he didn't get much of the milk and whatever he did, came back up as he had reflux. I think looking back that laying flat to feed made the reflux worse.

After a week the midwife suggested that I express the milk and feed him in a bottle.

He took to the bottle straight away as he was fed in an upright position and soon started gaining weight. We began 12 weeks of exclusively pumping and the feeding in a bottle, which was exhausting. from weeks 10 to 12 he had grown increasingly fussy on the bottle and had taken to screaming whenever we fed him.

I think the reflux played a part in this. One day in desperation I decided to put him back on the breast. I did't have much hope but he had refused the bottle for 14 hours.

He took to breastfeeding straight away! I think he was just old enough to deal with my fast flow. It took a few days for the milk supply to settle back down, as the bottle always wastes more and there was too much milk. He has now been breastfeeding for 8 weeks with few problems and is gaining weight as he should be.

I hope this story gives hope to anyone who has had to express their milk and maybe encourages them to have another go when the child is a bit older.

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Apr 01, 2014
by: Tracy

Congratulations mommy! What a great job!

Thank you for sharing your inspirational story. I am sure, that it will motivate other moms in similar situations.

Apr 02, 2014
Thank you
by: Trisha

Thank you for sharing your story. I am in a similar situation where my son stopped latching on, once I got home from the hospital.

I am now pumping and feeding him through a bottle which he enjoys. I may try to bring him back to the breast to see what happens.

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Going back to latching on after bottle feeding

by Rachel . L

I am a first time mum to a seven weeks old baby boy. I was not well prepared enough for breastfeeding.

I did not know that the newborn baby does not need to drink a lot of milk on his first few feeds, but I do know that the colostrum is rich and thick.

Anyhow, I was already determined that I wanted to fully breastfeed my baby.

When I was in the hospital, the nurse pushed my baby in 6hrs after delivery; she tried to help me latch on. I feel stressed that the baby was not sucking as I have flat nipples.

Initially, I wanted to let the baby stay in the room, and I will try again later, but the young nurse insisted that I should feed now. That added on to my stress. I had to give in to formula then.

The next few feeding times, I was way too tired and drained after delivering, I gave in to formula.

The next day, I started trying to latch on, again it failed (I thought) I felt even worst. The hospital lend me an electric pump to help stimulate, I saw a few drops of colostrum coming out. Just these few drops gave me hope. So I tried latching on again, it didn't last more than 5 mins of trying, my baby doesn't seem to like my breast.

My milk supply started coming in on the fourth day. I thought the latching on did not work in the hospital, so I expressed. From then, my baby has been fed through a bottle.

I tried latching on with the help of nipple shield a few times (after 4weeks into bottle feeding), initially it worked, but later on, my nipples started to feel sore and painful. I gave up latching on and went back to bottle feeding breast milk again.

After reading most of the info about breastfeeding from your website, I feel determined to go back to latching on.

Please advise if it is too late to do so and if my nipples will become sore and painful again, and what should I do if my baby is very impatient to suck from my breast.

Also, will there be any chance of having more milk supply for storing when I would be going back to work, as now each breast only produce 40-60ml of milk (approx 10min of expressing every 3 hr) that is just enough for one feed?

I would like to know more about successful breastfeeding and looking forward to your replies.


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May 14, 2013
had similar issues
by: Tracy, CBC, CLD (CBI)

Hi Rachel

My first breastfeeding experience was a lot like yours, so I can really relate to your situation.
Here is my story.

It is not too late for you to breastfeed! It does not matter how much milk you are producing now if you start to breastfeed and pump more to remove more milk from your breasts, your body will start to produce just the right amount of milk for the baby. Yes, your nipples will be sensitive in the least for the first week.

One of the things you can do before you breastfeed is to pump milk until you feel a "let down". If you give the baby the breast during a fast flow of milk, he is more likely to stay interested (because he is accustomed to a fast flowing artificial nipple)

There are so many things you can do to help with this transition...please take the time to read through some information that will help you. (info that I wish I had had before I fell pregnant the first time)

Breastfeeding with flat or inverted nipples

Latching on and latching problems.

Sore, cracked or bleeding nipples.

Nipple confusion and breast refusal.

Lactogenic foods.


Some extra helpful info...

The benefits of breastfeeding.

Immunity of breast milk.

Really hope this helps, let me know how things go.

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