Re: mixing breast milk and formula ( stupid question maybe?)
It's never stupid to ask a question. Only to not ask one when you don't know the answer.
It's best not to mix breastmilk and formula in the same bottle because the storage guidelines for the two substances are very different. An unfinished breastmilk bottle can be saved for another feeding. Unfinished formula, on the other hand, needs to be discarded. So if you mix your milk with formula, and the baby doesn't finish the bottle, then some of your milk goes down the drain. Which I don't even like to think about!
Also, 1 oz of breastmilk is NOT a small amount! Breastfed babies typically take small amounts throughout the entirety of their first year, usually only 2-4 oz at a time. I know that can seem shocking when you consider how much formula an older baby can and will drink, and how large the bottles need to be- but it's really different with a breastfed baby.
ETA: I expect that the frustration element of this problem is getting to you, but it's actually IDEAL to pause the feeding somewhere along the line. "Paced" feeding techniques give your baby a chance to burp and to read her own hunger cues, allowing her to decide whether or not her tummy is really full, and how much more she needs/wants to eat. It also gets the baby used to the ebb/flow rhythm of breastfeeding, which may be helpful in getting your baby back to the breast. Paced/paused feeding is kind of the gold standard for feeding a bottle-fed baby.
Last edited by @llli*mommal; February 19th, 2013 at 08:03 PM.
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