Originally Posted by almac
DS is now 3 weeks old and I've been strictly breastfeeding. I don't mind breastfeeding.. or I haven't minded.. he's now having days where he feeds small amounts at a time every half hour to hour. He's a very gasy baby so these small feedings make him even more gasy.. not fun ! But thats beside the point. When I'm out visiting (especially this time of year) its really frustrating having to feed him every hour. I have a breast pump (manual) but it's horrible. It takes me hours to get a 4oz bottle.
I would like to continue to breastfeed but I was wondering if it was okay to use formula on last minute occasions or just as a backup. I'm not fond of the idea of mixing the two but sometimes it would just make things easier for him and me.... and even other people at times (grandparents babysat twice and milk was running dry very quickly).
ALMAC - Hi there.
I have been doing both since I had my son 7 weeks ago. My supply never caught up with his demand since he was in the NICU after he was born and my milk took several days to come in. Anyhow, supplementing has worked out VERY well for me. I have no problems and I personally love the fact that I can go places and give him a bottle when he is hungry. Of course, I recommend pumping milk and using a bottle that way, but if you don't have enough to pump, formula can be used.
There is nothing wrong with formula. My generation was mostly formula fed and there are plenty of scholars, doctors, lawyers, etc. from that era. Yes, there are major health benefits to breast feeding, but formula is a safe alternative.
Do what makes you feel best. Your baby is getting breast milk so he is getting the best already. A little formula is not going to hurt him.