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lets talk Formula

so wondering what are you girls planning on doing. I breastfed DS for a month but he had GERD and a protein allergy to milk so he had to go on a special very expensive formula. i'd like to breastfeed this time as well but not the whole time unless i produce massive milk (which i didnt with DS). I was thinking of breastfeeding at home/pumping and formula in public.

what are the best formula's out there and which ones do you plan on using?

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When dd weaned herself we used gerber gentle start. They have a variety and are more reasonable than enfimil which she hated

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... I am cheap, walmart brand if we actually get around to FF, DS refused formula strait out.

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Hopefully this time I can breastfeed more. (DS had a hard time latching because of being preemie and I also have nipples that don't like to come out, TMI)
but I pumped like a mad woman last time and he had BM until 11 months and my body wouldn't make anymore.

We switched to Enfamil and then to the walmart brand because I found out that was made by Enfamil. Unless their are allergies, that will be my game plan this time too.

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I BF and formula supplemented my son until he was 4 months, but at the end, I'd nurse him and then he'd eat a 6-8oz bottle.....no point in nursing if there is nothing there!! Plus, I had to be on a wheat and dairy free diet. We had to use Neocate formula when he was little to supplement, and eventually we switched to Isomil when he could tolerate soy. He grew out of the dairy allergy thankfully.

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I breastfed DD for 7 months, DS1 for 3 weeks, and DS2 for 9.5 months. Whenever I did use formula though, I used Nestle Good Start, or the Kirkland (Costco) brand. The ingredients were pretty much identical between those 2 formulas. My kids never had any sensitive tummy issues, so we didn't have to get anything special.

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"sandraleigh" wrote:

I breastfed DD for 7 months, DS1 for 3 weeks, and DS2 for 9.5 months. Whenever I did use formula though, I used Nestle Good Start, or the Kirkland (Costco) brand. The ingredients were pretty much identical between those 2 formulas. My kids never had any sensitive tummy issues, so we didn't have to get anything special.

I might try the kirkland brand if needed this time too. I trust Costco's "store brands"

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I will be BFing about 90% and bottle feeding the rest (but not until we get BF established, so about a month). I've got a better pump so I'm hoping to bottle feed breast milk BUT in the past I've been unable to get any milk by pumping. In that case, I'll be using Meijer or Target brand for the bottle feedings. I prefer not to nurse in public so that is generally the 10% of feedings by bottle.

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I BFed both my kids until about 9 months, although they had had some formula up to that point. My DD was sensitive to dairy so she went on Soy, originally Similac (she HATED Enfamil) then we switched to the grocery store's brand per my pediatrician's recommendation (she said why spend more, its the same important ingredients). With DS, we used any samples we had lying around- he did fine with whatever- then switched to Parents Choice (Walmart brand...BTW I'm not a Walmart fan but they have a grocery "market" store by me plus they sold formula in huge canisters).

My plan for this baby is pretty much the same. I wouldn't be opposed to BFing longer as I partially stopped with my other two to get my cycle back to TTC but at the same time, I'll admit I'm not a big lover of BFing and always look forward to not being slave to my breasts. I really commend those who go to one year and beyond but I never feel that *bond* and can't wait to be done. Kind of a bummer actually.

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Well - I know nothing whatsoever about formula. DD is still nursing (although not so much really anymore since it's just colostrum right now). But she was going strong until it turned. She's never had a bottle of anything - I never even bought one. I was not initially comfortable nursing in public, but now I could care less. Plan is the same for this little one. My idea is that if I plan to only bf with no contingencies, then that's what will happen.

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"akpufa" wrote:

I BFed both my kids until about 9 months, although they had had some formula up to that point. My DD was sensitive to dairy so she went on Soy, originally Similac (she HATED Enfamil) then we switched to the grocery store's brand per my pediatrician's recommendation (she said why spend more, its the same important ingredients). With DS, we used any samples we had lying around- he did fine with whatever- then switched to Parents Choice (Walmart brand...BTW I'm not a Walmart fan but they have a grocery "market" store by me plus they sold formula in huge canisters).

My plan for this baby is pretty much the same. I wouldn't be opposed to BFing longer as I partially stopped with my other two to get my cycle back to TTC but at the same time, I'll admit I'm not a big lover of BFing and always look forward to not being slave to my breasts. I really commend those who go to one year and beyond but I never feel that *bond* and can't wait to be done. Kind of a bummer actually.

I feel the same way. I do it because I know it's best but I really don't enjoy it. It doesn't help me bond... In a way, it does the opposite, it makes me a little resentful. I made it to 11 months with Lucas and when we were done, I felt nothing but relief!

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"PCCGirl813" wrote:

I feel the same way. I do it because I know it's best but I really don't enjoy it. It doesn't help me bond... In a way, it does the opposite, it makes me a little resentful. I made it to 11 months with Lucas and when we were done, I felt nothing but relief!

I thought it was just me and because of our difficulties latching, using nipple shields, etc. I didn't feel anymore bonding breastfeeding versus bottle feeding. Actually I felt the most bonding when I would lay DS on my chest skin to skin under my shirt when he was just a baby. I'm excited to do that again. It was relaxing for me and him.

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walmart is kind of out of my way to get the walmart brand and i always try to avoid going there as much as possible. i hated BF in public but i just got one of those covers for free so i might just use that. i didnt care about doing it infront of woman but would go into a room if i did it in front of men or at my mother in laws. Im hoping i can produce alot and just pump it so DH and DS can participate.

between pumping what i could and DS latching my nipples were tore apart and very painful

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DS hated the cover and would pull at it and move it anytime I tried to breastfeed in public! lol! I still have it, so I'll try again this time. We'll see what happens.

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"PCCGirl813" wrote:

I feel the same way. I do it because I know it's best but I really don't enjoy it. It doesn't help me bond... In a way, it does the opposite, it makes me a little resentful. I made it to 11 months with Lucas and when we were done, I felt nothing but relief!

"elleon17" wrote:

I thought it was just me and because of our difficulties latching, using nipple shields, etc. I didn't feel anymore bonding breastfeeding versus bottle feeding. Actually I felt the most bonding when I would lay DS on my chest skin to skin under my shirt when he was just a baby. I'm excited to do that again. It was relaxing for me and him.

Glad to have company. Smile It's sort of cliche to BF and not fall in love with it, but I'm pretty honest about it and have actually had a few close friends fess up that they don't overly enjoy it either (although I have a few who looooove it and that's great too!).

I love skin to skin too...I have never done it with my newborns until later on, but am planning to push for it with this baby right after delivery if possible! I'm pretty excited about it.

"elleon17" wrote:

DS hated the cover and would pull at it and move it anytime I tried to breastfeed in public! lol! I still have it, so I'll try again this time. We'll see what happens.

Neither of my kids liked being covered up and my DH would literally faint if he saw me whip out a boob in public even though the baby does cover EVERYTHING! So we work around it. That being said, my second baby from early on would pop on and off to smile and be silly - super cute, but not helpful if I was trying to be discreet whatsoever Wink

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"elleon17" wrote:

DS hated the cover and would pull at it and move it anytime I tried to breastfeed in public! lol! I still have it, so I'll try again this time. We'll see what happens.

Dd hated it too. She wouldn't nurse just stare and cry. Sometimes I could use a blanket but it was short lived s I always left the room. Hoping Em is better about it.

I am one who loves the feeling and was super emotional when dd decided she no longer wanted to/ thaught it was too much work. I do agree its not for everyone and that's fine Smile

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i had mixed emotions about it there were moments i loved it and was like how could anyone bottle feed and there moments i hated it since it was always me and didnt get a break. it didnt help that he had GERD so drinking and the acid reflex was torture for him and even though he looked hungry he arched his back and cried and cried. maybe its me but i think my areoles are so big that it wasnt that covered and people could still see... how did BTDT moms deal with LO's. DS will be 5 when she is born and he has this idea that she drinks from a bottle how do you explain the whole boob thing without them running around telling everyone

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"PCCGirl813" wrote:

I feel the same way. I do it because I know it's best but I really don't enjoy it. It doesn't help me bond... In a way, it does the opposite, it makes me a little resentful. I made it to 11 months with Lucas and when we were done, I felt nothing but relief!

I thought it was just me and because of our difficulties latching, using nipple shields, etc. I didn't feel anymore bonding breastfeeding versus bottle feeding. Actually I felt the most bonding when I would lay DS on my chest skin to skin under my shirt when he was just a baby. I'm excited to do that again. It was relaxing for me and him.

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I nurse in public pretty comfortably, but I do use a nursing cover. I have nursed at NBA games and NHL games Smile

I always HATE nursing in the beginning when it is so difficult and we are still getting the hang of it. But I know it is best, and it is so much easier to not be worrying about bottles and packing formula, etc. You can't forget your boobs at home! I would love to do 6 months, and after that, anything else is a bonus. I personally find around 7-9 months I usually really crave my own body back and don't want to share it anymore LOL. DS2 was my longest nurser til 9.5 months and he is SUCH a momma's boy, and so attached to me. I kindof love that Smile and I do attribute it to him nursing the longest.

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"angelover02740" wrote:

i had mixed emotions about it there were moments i loved it and was like how could anyone bottle feed and there moments i hated it since it was always me and didnt get a break. it didnt help that he had GERD so drinking and the acid reflex was torture for him and even though he looked hungry he arched his back and cried and cried. maybe its me but i think my areoles are so big that it wasnt that covered and people could still see... how did BTDT moms deal with LO's. DS will be 5 when she is born and he has this idea that she drinks from a bottle how do you explain the whole boob thing without them running around telling everyone

Good question! I'm pretty sure he'll just tell everyone about it no matter what, but that's okay. Just shrug it off, it's nothing to be embarrassed about. My DD used to "nurse" her toys when I'd BF my DS and say she was giving them "boob milk" and she was only 2! It'll be interesting how she reacts to it this time being almost 4 because I'm pretty sure she has completely forgotten about that part. I think when he's a bit older, I'll try to occasionally pump and let her feed the baby a bit with a bottle from time to time. But yeah, someone with older kids is probably more helpful on this one.

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It's funny cause when I said I'm good with nursing in public - I mean public, but I don't nurse in front of my in-laws either! DD already gives her dollies milky (and wants me too). And we've already told her that the baby will drink just milk for the first number of months.

When my nephews came to visit when she was young/just born (they were 4&7) we told them I'm feeding the baby. The 4 year old was super curious, and I just let him see what I was doing. I think it's healthy for kids to grow up from a young age knowing that's how to feed a baby.

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My kids watched me feed DS2 - they were 4.5 and 3 when he was born. My DD remembers it, I'm not sure that my DS does. My DD thought it was absolutely HYSTERICAL at first ROFL The day we brought him home from the hospital and I fed him, she giggled and said "He's eating you!!!!!!" I just told her mommy's make special milk in their bodies for the baby to eat because he can't have big kid milk. Eventually it was pretty natural and she never paid attention anymore.

I never cover up while nursing at home unless there is company, so my kids better get used to seeing it!

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"sandraleigh" wrote:

My kids watched me feed DS2 - they were 4.5 and 3 when he was born. My DD remembers it, I'm not sure that my DS does. My DD thought it was absolutely HYSTERICAL at first ROFL The day we brought him home from the hospital and I fed him, she giggled and said "He's eating you!!!!!!" I just told her mommy's make special milk in their bodies for the baby to eat because he can't have big kid milk. Eventually it was pretty natural and she never paid attention anymore.

I never cover up while nursing at home unless there is company, so my kids better get used to seeing it!

ROFL Love it! I agree with both of you that they'll get used to seeing it - I hope no one goes through the trouble of constantly covering up at HOME...oh my, what would my life be like if I couldn't walk around my house with a baby latched on while I'm putting away laundry or whatever else Wink LOL

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i def think he'll be curious when he sees me do that, i dont cover myself when im getting changed so he's pretty use to seeing my body and doesnt really talk much about it. but i do like the comment about saying its special milk

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Can't really help you on the formula, my kids both breastfed exclusively. I also hated pumping so I didn't even do that much. I will try to pump more this time so the kids can give him bottles. I am not shy about breast feeding in public, I try to be as modest as possible about it though. I know with my second I wasn't as worried about it as my first, so I may not care at all with this one! I have already been explaining to the kids about how the baby will be drinking milk out of my boobs. I think they think it is kinda weird but they are kinda prepared. They are both used to seeing my boobs so that part won't be weird. I'm sure it will take them while to adjust to it though.