Re: formula - breast combination ?
May I ask what was said that you found convincing? There may be some counter-arguments.
after a couple of discussions with people I am wondering about switching to formula
What sort of pump do you have? Not all pumps are created equal, and your difficulties with pumping may stem from having the wrong pump. In general, manual pumps are the least effective. Double electric pumps are the next step up, but they are frequently not powerful enough, and there's a wide range of effectiveness, with smaller models like the Ameda Purely-Yours at the bottom end and things like the Medela Pump-in-Style at the top. At the very top end of the spectrum are hospital-grade pumps, which are generally available as rentals.
I have not had much success with pumping my breast milk
Also, how many times have you tried to pump? Pumping is a learned skill, and sometimes you need to do it quiet a number of times before you figure out how to get the most milk.
Yes, absolutely. It's called combination feeding and many moms do it successfully.
just wondered is it possible to combine formula while I'm out and then bf when I'm home.
No, she is absolutely not spoiled!!! You cannot spoil a baby. It's only in the last 100 years or so that people in the developed world have gotten it into their minds that babies should sleep alone. Throughout most of human history, and all over the world today, babies and young children sleep together with other human beings- usually their parents or siblings. It does not spoil them. Why would it?
also - is my baby spoiled if she wont sleep in her cot ? she will only sleep when very close to me and in our bed.
Many- I'm willing to bet that it's most- breastfed babies are still nursing at night at 7 months of age. Is the night-nursing a problem for you? If it's not, there's no reason to change things. Your child will eventually grow out of the night-nursing, but when that will happen is anyone's guess. Maybe she'll stop tomorrow. Maybe next month, or next year, or 2 years from now. I think you can be sure she'll be done with it by the time she's 4.
finally - I was also told that she should be sleeping through the night by now but she is still waking up for a couple of feeds -
But if the night-nursing is a problem for you- and it is for a lot of tired moms- then there are ways to gently encourage longer stretches of nursing-free sleep. I highly recommend Elizabeth Pantley's book The No-Cry Sleep Solution, which is full of suggestions to help your baby sleep more independently without resorting to harsh cry-it-out methods.
ETA: I can't recommend a specific formula- I think it's against the forum guidelines (?), and also I haven't the least idea how to separate the marketing from the real information about formula.
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