I have been giving DS a supplement bottle of formula at bedtime since he was born b/c he had slow growth issues and that satisfied everybody. I've pumped at that time knowing that when he's away from me I never make enough so it's been good for the stash. I currently have more than enough milk pumped to make it to the 1 year mark when we are apart as he currently is going to a daycare at my work campus and I am nursing him. My MIL was watching him 2 days a week, but won't be doing that for at least 9 weeks due to surgery. So. . .I'm at the point that I don't need to pump and he's gaining weight just fine eating food and nursing that the bedtime bottle probably isn't needed, but I'm afraid that stopping the formula will effect his nighttime sleep (although lately that's not great either.) How would you handle it? Just bite the bullet and stop the bottle, or nurse first then offer a bottle on top of the nursing at bedtime? I know if I dont pump I have to nurse him or I will be very uncomfortable if he decides to STTN.
Wowzers. I'm just really impressed that you have enough frozen milk to make it to a year and he's only 8 months old! Impressive. I would think you could go either way on the bottle. It's probably not hurting anything, so if it makes you both happy you could easily continue. You could try without it for a few nights and see the result. If you're not happy, you could reintroduce it without much trouble I would think.
Congrats on being so successful working and pumping - it's hard work!
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You can slowly offer less formula over time if you're afraid of the abrupt change. Though I don't think that suddenly stopping it would hurt him as long as he's getting a BFing session in at the time he normally gets the formula. During the day I offer DS just one boob a session (have since birth), but at night he gets both. He also gets both as soon as he wakes up in the morning since he's starving by then!
Congrats on having a stash that big!
Since you want to drop that pumping session my suggestion would be to nurse him first and then offer a follow up bottle of formula, maybe an oz or 2 at the most. Not only will it help him top of the tank but it will also help him to adjust to the new routine. Then you can slowly slow down the amount in the bottle until it's gone. Or, maybe on a weekend go cold turkey without the bottle and see how it goes, but I wouldn't do it on a work night just incase!
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