Remind me again that supplementing is ok...

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Registered: 11-07-2010
Remind me again that supplementing is ok...
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Tue, 03-01-2011 - 11:56am

Emily and I are at 23 weeks pp (5 months and 1 week) and I'm not really able to keep up with her very well anymore.

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Registered: 12-14-2010

REMINDER: supplimenting is ok!

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Registered: 11-07-2010
Lol! Thanks for the reminders!

I need to keep telling myself that if she's getting all that I can produce, I can't do any better than that. In spite of being such a good eater, she's always at 50% for weight, so that must be the way her metabolism is meant to work. I'd love to be right at the point where she drank every drop of BM that I make in a day and no more, but that's hardly realistic - we haven't even hit the 6 month growth spurt yet!

It does bother me when any BM gets dumped and I never do at home, but I understand that they have to have consistent policies. I'll ask what they suggest for supplementing. If I walked in with 10 bottles one day they'd probably have a total cow at me (and no room for anyone else's in the little fridge). Particularly since some days those bottles might literally be 2 oz. each. I also need to be cautious about the formula itself - she hasn't had any since she was 2 weeks old and she used to spit it up quite frequently. I can play around a bit with the number of bottles. The 5th is really just for an emergency - she normally drinks it when we get back home. If I make sure as many as possible are 4 oz, tell them to feed her those first and then send a supplement for the one(s) that aren't 4oz, I'll know she's getting all the BM first. I just don't want to upset her tummy too much with a botlle that's completely not what she's used to.

I think I'll try 7 pumps on workdays and 6 on the weekends first. It's totally sustainable if my supply stays the same or even (crosses fingers) increases again. The pump I would have dropped would have been during the work day anyway, so no change during the week at home.

Thanks so much for the reply!
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Registered: 10-14-2010

Yes, supplementing is A-OK!

Even one bottle of breastmilk a day is great for your little one, and she'd be getting so much more than that.

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Registered: 11-07-2010
Lol! I'll keep that in mind about the smearing - maybe I will hold off for a bit more. Sounds like it takes a while to get her up to 3 meals anyway!

I think I'll only supplement if the bottles are less than 4 oz and only add enough to bring them up to that. You make a good point about the extra only being partially milk. My hope is that she'll be more accepting if it tastes more like milk and also easier on her tummy.

On an interesting note, once I resigned myself to supplementing, I'm having a kick-ass pumping day... I think I'm finally recovering from being sick and traveling...

Thanks for the encouragement!
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Registered: 10-14-2010
The same thing happened to me when Katie was 3 months old. I was hardly keeping up with her and had to use some from the freezer. Once I decided I was ok with supplementing, my supply increased and I didn't need to. Now I have about 6 weeks of milk in the freezer. Hope it works the same way for you!

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Registered: 04-22-2006
I'm also going to need to start supplementing with formula soon (like, this weekend! Gah!). I had a surplus of BM in the first 2-3 months, but my supply has gone down in the last month and I had to use my frozen stash. I know it's because I dropped pumps probably too soon - I went down to 4 in mid January, and I was only 3 months PP. But, I had to weigh my sanity with the possibility of having to supplement, and I'm okay with it.

So, don't feel like you're alone! It's definitely okay, and like a PP said, even one bottle of BM a day can make a world of difference!

As for starting solids, just start when you feel comfortable. But know that, even for the first year, babies still get most of their nutrition from BM or formula. Let us know how it goes!




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