Babies have different needs, how did you feed your baby?

This post is not for debate or judgment, just for love and support.

How did you feed your baby?

I have feed my babies all three way, breast, bottle and feeding tube.

Babies have different needs, how did you feed your baby?
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4Katie
    08/13/14
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      08/13/14
      5sarah
      I breastfed Bentley for about 8 months. My next I think I'll try formula feeding just to see the difference.
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        08/13/14
        My daughter is breast fed, she never cared for the bottle and I rather her breastfeed. I hope that my next child will do the same.
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          08/13/14
          I breastfeed Ellsie, but only at night now that I'm back to work. She's weaning herself as well, so I maybe only pump 1-2 ounces a day. The rest of the time she gets formula. In the beginning though she was mainly breastfed. I only started supplementing when I went back to work, and now that she's weaning she gets more formula. At 11.5 months we're introducing cow's milk to her gradually... so pretty soon she'll be off formula as well. Crazy how fast babies grow!
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            08/13/14
            I wanted to breast feed 100% I didn't want to have to use formula, but when Avery was born she wouldn't latch because she was 5 weeks early the doctors said she hadn't developed sucking well.. so they gave her a bottle right away.. it was easier in the hospital to breast feed but when I got home I was producing less and less each day.. doesnt help that the breastfeeding consultant told me putting ice packs on my boobs would help my milk flow... i read that it dries you out faster.
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            08/13/14
            4Katie
            It is tough when they have medical issues such as being born early that prevent them from nursing. I hate when medical professionals give bad advice!
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              08/13/14
              Tristen refused a bottle for almost 4 months so he was strictly breast fed. He didn't get formula until then and only a bottle or two a day. My supply had gotten really low before then (I'm pretty sure because of the birth control) so at about 7 months we stopped nursing altogether.
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              08/13/14
              4Katie
              Great advice!
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              08/13/14
              4Katie
              I am glad you did what was best for your and your baby.
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                08/13/14
                Bottle with the oldest. Breast with the rest.
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                  08/13/14
                  4Jen
                  I wanted to breastfeed SO bad. With my first, I managed 6 weeks of both breast and bottle then we went all bottle. Because of my medications, we stuck to bottle for the others. First time breastfeeding was extremely emotional for me because lil miss wasn't latching on. I felt so guilty but my dr assured me there was nothing wrong with formula feeding.
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                    I breastfed my son for 3 months then he started to bite my nipples and he, of course laughed. So, I decided to pump and give the bottle to him. He has no problem with switching bottles to cup with straws or whatever as long as there are breast milk. When he just turned 1 and I started to feed him regular milk and breast milk. I am going to reduce the produce of breast milk before 2nd baby comes in (we aren't sure if I am actually pregnant now or not. We want to wait little longer before take test. :-) ). I am pretty fortunately that my son is very flexible with drinks.

                    It is important for you that whatever you feel it is right thing to feed your baby with whatever that you think it is suitable for him/her. :-)
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                    08/13/14
                    Melissa Middleton
                    There is formula out there that is similar to breast milk. I am not sure of the name, but I believe Gerber makes it.
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                    08/13/14
                    Melissa Middleton
                    There is formula out there that is similar to breast milk. I am not sure of the name, but I believe Gerber makes it.
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                      08/13/14
                      Melissa Middleton
                      I wanted to breast feed so badly, because I know it's more nutritious. However, I was informed I could not AFTER I had my son. I have seizures (but have not had any in over six and a half months). The medication I take was a moderate risk to him so I chose not to. I wanted to breast feed but would not take the risk with my beautiful boy.

                      I feed him with a bottle.
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                        08/13/14
                        Alyssa Martinez
                        I bottled fed all three of my children. I tried breastfeeding my daughter and i cried so hard. It hurt so bad! They all had to be on special formulas so it worked out. My daughter would always try and suck on my husbands nipples though as a baby lol.
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                        08/13/14
                        Melissa Middleton
                        Haha, my son did that to my hubby once when Jonah was about 2 months old. Haha! He said, "Uh, nooo, buddy, no milk in there." It was hilarious.
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                          08/13/14
                          5Jen
                          I exclusively breastfed all four of our children up until they were almost two, and plan on doing so with this next one :)
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                            08/13/14
                            Teresa
                            I fed all three of my kids the 4 months breast and after formula, I kept being told how I was doing wrong with feeding them formula and I felt bad but the sad truth is I had to work and even if they allow you to pump it's very hard producing enough milk for ten to eight hours ahead schedule, they are fine and very healthy too. Mom always said the most important milk is the first couple of months so I feel good a pith that decision now.
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                              4Kelly Graham
                              I breastfed all of my babies, but also supplemented with formula when needed. My 1st baby born 1 mth early due to very high blood presure, was breastfed for 3 mths and a little formula. After she got used to the bottle she stopped feeding from the breast. Sad so then my milk dried up and she was on only formula.
                              My second baby was born premature 9 weeks early sent to a different hospital.that could care for him better. I pumped non stop for him. But never got to nurse him. He had to learn to breath suck and swallow . He got my breast milk forfeited and thickened. He never got straight breast milk. After learning how to do the 3 major things we got to bottle feed him 1 oz at a time. He was in the hospital for 22 days.. Seemed like forever. Then he came home with an apnea machine, and got formula breast milk round the clock every 3 hrs both had to be thickened. And so I dried up after 3 mths and he finally got regular formula.
                              My 3 rd child was born still at 27 weeks. Due to serious complication and I almost died. My 4th child was born at 38 weeks healthy and breastfed right away. And continued for almost 6 mths. As soon as I introduced a bottle he got bored with the breast and I pumped milk but I dried up f
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                                08/13/14
                                I breast feed but I have to go back to work next month and I suggested to my nutritionist about breast and formula feeding (I want my daughter to continue getting breast milk but I'm worried I won't make enough to store). If I'm able to produce enough milk, then I will continue to breast feed exclusively.
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                                  I started just breastfeeding. My baby had a hard time gaining weight so we started supplementing bottles of expressed milk. she hit her goal weight last week! discussed going to daycare and not having enough extra supply my LC suggested formula supplementing. i work part-time and take her with me, So does bottle (1/2 formula 1/2 breast milk) then we exclusively breast feed when we get home and on the weekend!
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                                    08/14/14
                                    Seiconies Wilson
                                    I fed my baby through bottle bc she would not take my breast....even though I breastfed my two oldest kids
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                                      Amanda Hurley
                                      I have fed my babies all three ways. Connor only got to breastfeed twice in his short 5 months. My oldest was strictly breastfed, we had to give her a cup when I went back to school. My other two were both breastfed and bottle fed.
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                                        08/14/14
                                        I BREASTFED BOTH OF MY CHILDREN AS LONG AS i COULD. tHEY BOTH NURSED TILL ABOUT 3 OR 4 MONTHS. THEN I STARTED USING FORMULA. I ALSO WORKED WHEN THEY WERE BABIES :( SO I THINK THAT KIND OF AFFECTED US AND PLUS I DONT THINK I WAS GIVEN ENOUGH INFORMATION ON HOW TO KEEP UP PRODUCTION EITHER...WITH WHAT I KNOW NOW I HOPE TO NURSE MY NEXT ONES MUCH LONGER. IF IT WORKS OUT THAT WAY. MY YOUNGEST HAD REFLUX REAL BAD SO I WAS CONSINTLY FEEDING AND SO I STARTED FORMULA A LITTLE SOONER. LIKE A FEW FEEDINGS A DAY. aS LONG AS YOUR FEEDING WITH LOVE
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                                          08/14/14
                                          I bottle fed both. I started out breastfeeding Adam but we both hated it. I think it's because he could feel my stress -- I was totally alone and trying to get back to work. So my ped said there's a lot more to being a good mom than breastfeeding and I can't tell you the relief and happiness I felt going to the store for formula! With Jakey, I breast fed just a bit for his comfort but he was primarily bottle fed. My boys thank God, have been very healthy.
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                                            08/14/14
                                            Harper had to be bottle fed from the day I found out I was pregnant bc I had to stay on my anxiety meds the whole pregnancy and after
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                                              4Kelly Graham
                                              Every mom is amazing! You should be proud of yourselves it s a tough job. Whatever works for you and your baby. Just being there for our babies and taking good care of them is a great bonding experience. The joys, of parenting is wonderful. We are all blessed to be parents.. It s so special, to be a mom. Best of luck to all you momma s and feeding your babies. One day at a time. U guys all rock! Happy trails mommies!
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                                                08/15/14
                                                4Sarah Torrey
                                                my oldest was breastfed almost four months but he had such severe eczema and reflux I had to swap him to prescription formula. My two middle ones were breast fed for over a year but I had to stop with both at around 14 months because I was too pregnant and couldn't produce milk. My youngest is two months and breast feeds like a dream.
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                                                  4Tamora Wooten
                                                  My first I breastfeed for 3-4 months but It was hard to keep my supply up when I had to return back to school, My second I breastfeed him and when he was around 2 weeks old we had to supplement formula due to jaundice/weight loss, hoping I can breastfeed the new arrival without any formula this go around
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                                                    08/16/14
                                                    My first child I breast fed him for four months. After that, he would take anymore. So, I fed him formula. The second time around, I want to breastfeed as long as possible.
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                                                      5Racheal
                                                      My first 2, that I gave birth to, I breast fed for 14 months a piece and my third I went for 2 years. This one I plan to breast feed as well for at least the 1st year. We will see how it goes beyond that.
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                                                        08/17/14
                                                        Breastfeeding all the way......it is the best thing one could do for their child.
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                                                          08/20/14
                                                          Judith
                                                          I have fed all 3 soley breastmilk.. :) The best thing for them. After Breastmilk I go straight to Raw Cows Milk. I run a Co op in South Dallas that goes and gets it every 2 weeks.. It is known that children have lesser allergies with Raw Cows Milk.
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                                                            08/28/14
                                                            Charlene
                                                            My daughter drink formula....i was breast feeding but i just found out when you already have small breast and u breast feed than it makes your breast even smaller... (bad experience)
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                                                              08/31/14
                                                              I started Violet out with breastfeeding, but stopped after a couple of weeks because I was worried that she wasn't getting enough to eat. My doctor told me to supplement with formula, but I ended up just switching over completely in the end. For a while, breastfeeding was going really well, but SO's mom put it into my head that I wasn't producing enough because Violet was always at my breast (what actually was going on was that SO's mom was down visiting from North Carolina and wanted to spend more time with her, so she was upset that I was "baby hogging"). So we began supplementing with formula, and my milk production dropped really low. We once had a feeding session for LITERALLY 3 HOURS because Violet couldn't get her fill, and then on a later occasion, I tried pumping, and I couldn't get 2 ounces out after 2 hours. I just got so discouraged and scared for Violet that we switched to formula completely. It didn't help at all with my postpartum depression. I had had a c-section, so I was already feeling like I couldn't do what every woman is supposed to be able to do, and now I couldn't produce milk, either. I just felt like a failure as a mom and like maybe I wasn't supposed to be doing this after all. Thankfully, I don't feel like that anymore.
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                                                                Kelley
                                                                I turned a hard experience into a positive one. I had a hard time breast feeding and producing enough milk. I tried many things, asked professionals, other mothers and looking up the subject online. I was forced to bottle feed at first with breast milk and some 22 calorie formula to help my baby with weight gain after he was born 6 weeks early. I tried a Lactation consultants (who are suppose to be health professionals with special training and experience in helping breastfeeding mothers and babies). She keep standing me up and the hospital only helps while still in the hospital with a full term baby. So I just kept at it and finally it just came together .... finally. It was worth it and I do not think it matter how you feed your child as long as it's clean, healthy and with love. My nipple often sore and he did bite. I can see why someone would use formula.
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                                                                  02/03/15
                                                                  I was hoping to breastfeed my son as long as possible, but it didn't turn out that way. After a month I had completely dried out. Keep telling myself that he got as much as he would have taken from me since while breastfeeding he had trouble ducking hard enough, but since he is one now I realize my little minion just likes things the easy way haha
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                                                                    04/14/15
                                                                    Bethany Reilly
                                                                    I breastfed malachi for a week but I was severely bleeding and cracking and in so much pain so I switched to formula. Once I began bottle feeding him I felt so much better. This time Elianna and I have been exclusively breastfeeding since day one. She's had a bottle maybe once or twice of expressed milk but I mostly nurse her. We found out later on that malachi has an upper lip tie. And that's why I had such a hard time with him. Elianna had one but we got it clipped right away and now she's nursing just fine! I'm hoping it stays that way:) I'm making enough milk and she's gaining great weight!
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