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#1 Mary S

Posted 15 April 2018 - 09:34 PM

hi

I am currently BF my 5 month old. I am looking at introducing FF (or maybe ebm) as he is teething etc.

How do I go about it ? I also start work again in a month . should I use FF at lunch time feed so i can nurse before work? Should I slowly cut down over a couple of weeks to straight FF?

#2 Musk Sticks

Posted 15 April 2018 - 10:08 PM

When I was preparing to go back to work when DS1 was 6 months, I followed the suggested schedule in "Baby Love".
I replaced one daily feed with a bottle and increased the amount of bottle feeds over a few weeks until I had transitioned all of his day feeds to formula.

I let him BF frequently when I was home and he had at least one BF a day until he was 18 months.

I plan to do the same with DS2 (currently 4 months - I go back to work when he is 7 months).

I didn't have problems with teething though, so I can't give suggestions about that.

#3 Sancti-claws

Posted 16 April 2018 - 07:11 AM

As I went back to work at 7 months, we introduced both EBM and FF at lunchtime when I wasn't home, but at night she still BF - we were able to maintain the BF relationship until she was nearly 3 (much to her chagrin) (the older one had sacked me at 2).

Trying to recall issues with teething - I think I always stopped the feed if I was being used as a teether and tell her to be gentle and if it happened again that was the end of the bf for then.

All the best!!

#4 born.a.girl

Posted 16 April 2018 - 07:51 AM

View PostSancti-claws, on 16 April 2018 - 07:11 AM, said:

As I went back to work at 7 months, we introduced both EBM and FF at lunchtime when I wasn't home, but at night she still BF - we were able to maintain the BF relationship until she was nearly 3 (much to her chagrin) (the older one had sacked me at 2).

Trying to recall issues with teething - I think I always stopped the feed if I was being used as a teether and tell her to be gentle and if it happened again that was the end of the bf for then.

All the best!!

That's hilarious - I got sacked, too at about 14 months, and she'd blow bubbles on my nipple and muck around for ages.  Of course milk supply dropped as a result and then she'd have a day when she wanted it, but bite me because the let down was slower.  I figured I was only continuing because I wanted to, she really didn't care.   So yeah, sacked.  :)

#5 Apageintime

Posted 16 April 2018 - 08:55 AM

I would try and maintain BF for as long as possible, it will help ward off those early daycare bugs and help you reconnect after the day apart.

Can you pump at work?

Teething never lasted long here, could it be the normal leap behaviour that you are experiencing, rather than teething?

#6 PrimaBallerina

Posted 16 April 2018 - 09:12 AM

Does you little one already take bottles? My second refused bottles and so when I went back to work day care had to use a cup- so if you havn't I would try them with that first.

I also personally found that period where they had some EBM and Formula gave my first an upset tummy so it was better to go fully one or the other- this was my experience but others might not have had this issue

#7 lucky 2

Posted 16 April 2018 - 09:20 AM

https://www.breastfe...nfo/biting.html
https://www.breastfe...o/mixed-feeding
Hi, the links below are to articles from the ABA re biting/teething and mixed feeding which might be helpful to you.

Also you may not have noticed the pinned thread in the BFing forum relating to returning to work, members have posted their experiences.
http://www.essential...return-to-work/

Perhaps try expressing after a morning feed and using that milk to try a bottle. Has your baby taken a bottle?
Some will, some wont!
The link below has links to information about coaxing baby into trying a bottle etc.
https://www.breastfe...-breastfed-baby
How ever you approach a change in feeding, keep an eye on your breasts to make sure they are coping, ie avoiding getting too full and uncomfortable which will avoid blocked ducts and a drop in milk supply.

eta, I have closed your thread in the BFing forum.:)

#8 Mary S

Posted 16 April 2018 - 07:26 PM

hi there.
thanks for the replies. I haven't tried a bottle yet. I was considering trying to pump at work. I have had notorious biters in the past, lots of LC visits, still bite. I can see the cute little teeth coming through already - my other two both had teeth by now! hereditary I heard - to thanks to the daddy for that!! lol

thanks lucky2 for adding those links, I am off to look at them now  - and for closing my other thread!




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