When Supply is Not Enough

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Registered: 04-22-2006
When Supply is Not Enough
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Sun, 01-23-2011 - 4:47pm

I am a low-to-average producer. Right now I'm just able to keep up with DS's demands, but I have a feeling that he'll be needing more than I can produce in the near future. So, I have a couple questions:

1. I have about 100 oz's in the freezer from the early weeks when I was pumping much more than he needed. Should I use that supply up first before supplementing with formula or should I hold on to it as long as I can?

2. When supplementing with formula, I plan to mix it in with the BM. I will probably only need to do this for 1-2 feeds a day. I know there is a difference in the amount a baby will need of BM vs. formula. So, how much formula should I use? For example, if DS takes 3 oz of BM per feed, would I just top the bottle up with formula to 3oz, or give him more than that?

Any other tips about supplementing would be much appreciated!





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Registered: 01-09-2011
Sun, 01-23-2011 - 5:44pm
I can't speak to the formula mixing, but if I were you, I would rotate my 100 ozs so that when you do finally need to use it, it will be as fresh as possible and also as close to your son's age needs as possible. You could just give him one bottle of frozen and freeze that feeding per day as you go along.
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Registered: 03-14-2010
Sun, 01-23-2011 - 10:11pm
Agree with pp about rotating. Also if you do end up using formula my suggestion is to not mix it with BM. This way if LO doesn't finish a bottle there is no need to waist any BM, since if it is mixed with formula it would have to be discarded. I had to supplement for first couple of weeks, and what I was doing is just make one bottle from all BM that I previously pumped ( I was pumping every 3 hours back then) and make another bottle with formula (at that time it was like 30 ml of formula or something like that) I always fed BM first, and if he was still hungry I would give him a formula bottle to top off. He always stopped when was full, even when the bottle was no near empty. It might be even easier for you if you only need to supplement once or twice a day.
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Registered: 04-22-2006
Wed, 01-26-2011 - 4:32am
Thanks ladies! I'll definitely start rotating out my stash. I still haven't had to supplement with formula yet. I'm hoping I can keep up with him for a while still. I haven't tried any of the supplements that help with milk supply -- maybe I should! Which one would people suggest to try first?




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Registered: 12-14-2010
Wed, 01-26-2011 - 10:03am

i used fenugreek and blessed thistle together in the early weeks to help boost my supply. i got them at gnc. good luck! keep up the good work!

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Registered: 04-22-2006
Wed, 01-26-2011 - 11:53am
Thanks! Is it an issue starting these supplements so late (I'm over 3 months PP)?




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