Convenience of Formula Feeding

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Convenience of Formula Feeding
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Tue, 04-22-2003 - 9:10pm
I know we have touched on this before but I would like to discuss it again. It is so very funny to me to read posts regarding the convenience of formula feeding.....from formula feeders. I fall into that category as well. I don't only look at the logistics of bottle feeding but the lack of stress....kwim?? I found bfing to be incredibly stressful and had a difficult time letting-down......hence, my vote for the convenience of formula feeding.

Anyone else feel that way??

I do see where bfing is convenient......whereas it is right there ready to go. But, to me.....I would have to be home, relaxed, and ready. Those things are difficult for me to have at the same time.


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Tue, 04-22-2003 - 9:22pm
I think bottles are a HUGE inconvenience. My DD spits up double when she has anything but Enfamil AR. The AR comes in either 32oz ready-to-use cans or powder, but this particular powder has to be mixed with very cold water to mix properly. And even then it stays clumpy and clogs the nipple. So I'm stuck with the ready-to-use, which means I'm stuck with worrying about keeping the bottles cold. I HATE HATE HATE going anywhere because of it.

I also think it was a huge inconvenience when she was a newborn... seems to me would've been much easier to have it right there on tap, so to speak.

-Deb

 

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Tue, 04-22-2003 - 9:47pm
I think the thing is that the learning curve for breastfeeding is steeper. For me (and I'm sure many women) those forst few weeks or months establishing breastfeeding were DIFFICULT and I'm sure taht bottlefeeding would have been easier and more convenient - if i had quit while we were still struggling I know I would think that bottlefeeing was more convenient. But breastfeeding gets easier and for the most part keeps getting easier for the duration of the nursing relationship. These days it literally takes two seconds between Crispin signing 'milk' and having him latched on. All I need with me to nurse is my son - a chair to sit in or a bed to lie on is nice but we're fine without.

Also before Crispin started eating much in the way of solids he only pooped once a week - that was mighty convenient ;-)

Isabel and Crispin (17 months)





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Tue, 04-22-2003 - 9:53pm
Hi!! New here and thought I would jump in. My DD would not take anything except ice cold, straight from the fridge ready to feed. I thought it was very convenient. She would puke up an entire bottle if it was even room temp. I think it is easier than BF because I feed her formula from the beginning (I guess I don't know any different). It may sound terrible, but I have no desire whatsoever to BF with this new baby!


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Tue, 04-22-2003 - 10:00pm
Oh ......I also can't help but think a baby is cute sucking on a bottle. Anyone else?? Seriously, it is just so precious watching a baby holding a bottle.

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Tue, 04-22-2003 - 10:33pm
May I ask why?

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Tue, 04-22-2003 - 10:40pm
Having done both, I have to say-for me- BF is much more convenient. The less dishes I have to wash, the happier I am :) With DD#1, we started out BF & due to a myriad of problems by the 3rd day I was supplementing w/ formula & then she self-weaned @ 8 months. I HATED washing bottles & preparing formula and then having to cart the stuff around was a pain (Yes, I know it isn't THAT much more, but it is more stuff), plus I missed nursing.

Stress does play a big part in hindering BF, so I can see where FF can be easier, but not necessarily more convenient than BF. To me, I see FF as alot more work that I'm thankful I don't have to do this time around.

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Tue, 04-22-2003 - 11:29pm
Sure it's convenient at home, but I'm always worrying about keeping bottles cold if I'm going out to need to be out for a while. I'm always afraid they're not being kept cold enough, so I end up bringing extra cans of stuff she will end up spitting up some of if I have to give it to her just in case I need it. :(

Does an insulated bottle bag with a few ice packs really do the job for that long? My 6 month old has 5 bottles a day - every 3 hours. So even a couple hour trip can mean two bottles. (I'm just happy she's not eating every 2 hours anymore, which she did until a few weeks ago!)

So basically I've got bottles galore, insulated bottle bag, small RTU cans, two extra outfits to replace the ones she spits up on... and they myriad of other baby gear I need. I am still in search of the perfect diaper bag to hold the massive amounts of stuff I need to bring everywhere.

-Deb

 

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Wed, 04-23-2003 - 8:11am
Nah, I think FF is more of a pain in the butt as we go on. The reason I stuck it out the 5 weeks trying to BF is because I knew it would be more convenient. Bottles are a pain, formula is a pain (and expensive), and traveling with a cooler is a pain. I *do* have to work, and it's more convenient in that respect. We never had to struggle with getting her to take a bottle or be fed by other people.

Then again, we never successfully latched and BF'ed, so I don't have as good of an idea of what's involved with "let down" and all that. I only ever let down for the pump.

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Wed, 04-23-2003 - 9:50am
Idea...why don't you refrigerate the *cans* you'll take along as extra, and pop them in your cooler too? The more stuff you try and keep cold, the more the middle stuff will stay cold enough, anyhow, but also, if you end up needing a can, it will be better than "room temp" IYKWIM...

just a thought...

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Wed, 04-23-2003 - 10:28am
Well, it was the other poster whose baby needed it cold not mine - mine needs it thickened. :) I suppose I could put a bit of rice cereal in the bottle, but then I have two problems: clumpiness AND forcing extra calories on my DD in her formula.

LOL, everything with feeding on the go is a problem for me - hence my insistence that it is SO inconvenient. Oh well, it's my DDs 6 month b-day today... so halfway to a year and stopping formula! ;-)

Thanks for your idea though anyway... I do suppose maybe making the cans cold too might help keep things cool. Now I just gotta figure out how to squeeze MORE into my bottle bag. Hehehe.

-Deb

 

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