Posted in Bottle Feeding, Babies

I have been breastfeeding my son exclusively. He is now 7 months and am I wrong to want to incorporate formula? We are running into the possibility of having to supplement as my stash has dwindled but I am considering slowly making the switch to just formula. Any thoughts and advice?

  • Jackie
    Mar 31, 2018

    First and foremost it's totally up to you and what your goals are. Is there a reason you are going through more breast milk than usual? Does your caregiver know to Pace feed all bottles? You could also start experimenting with baby led weaning which could help with using less milk.

  • Larissa
    Mar 31, 2018

    Marilyn, you're not wrong, how tough feed your child is your choice. My son had two lip ties which we didn't clip (sometimes I wish we did) and breastfeeding didn't last beyond 4.5 months because he couldn't keep my supply up. He self-weaned. I realized this was happening around 3 months, so I pumped at work and we would incorporate formula after my recently pumped milk supply was used. It went gloriously well. I hope whatever you choose goes well!

  • Breanna
    Mar 31, 2018

    There are also ways to increase your supply: pump between 1am-6am, have baby on breast as much as possible, pump more frequently through the day, eat foods known to increase supply. Also, while you're away from your son could his caregiver incorporate more solids and you can exclusively nurse him at home? Of course it's completely up to you.

  • Freda
    Mar 31, 2018

    I don’t think anything is wrong with it. I say do what is best for you and your little one. I breastfeed but I also supplement with formula because I have moderate to low milk production. I am currently working on increasing my milk production so I can exclusively breastfeed but until then I’ll have to continue to supplement with formula. I’ve had some people try to shame me or make me feel guilty or less than a woman because I can’t “feed” my baby but I just brush it off and do what works for me and my little one.

  • Marilyn
    Apr 01, 2018

    Producing the milk isn’t a problem. But my job only allows short pump breaks and my mother went through the stash by having him on more days than I initially thought she would have him. I personally am just tired of being so on demand and would like others to feed him and not be so attached to my pump.

  • Breanna
    Apr 01, 2018

    Marilyn that makes perfect sense to supplement formula while you are away from him. Your body will likely regulate your supply so you can feed him when you're home. I know it's really time consuming and more of a chore to pump at work so many times a day.

  • Rachel
    Apr 13, 2018

    At that age, you can start introducing real foods anyway. You’ll need less and less milk as your son eats more and more food.

  • Marilyn
    Apr 17, 2018

    Thanks everyone.