No, you don't have to supplement! If you DO have to, clearly you'll know - otherwise, keep nursing!
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3/13/08 at 3:52pm
You know, part of the issue is that I am feeding dd from one side exclusively and it's hard for people to believe I could nourish an older baby.
Angela, the reason it's not a bad idea to pump and have a few bottles is in case of unexpected illness. Everyone told me to keep a few bags of frozen, up-to-date breastmilk in the freezer just in case, so that my daughter wouldn't have to take formula or substitutes if, God forbid, I should fall ill. Of course, no reason to train her for a bottle ahead of time, but that is one reason that many say that all moms have to pump.
|Unless mom has some reason to expect impending serious illness|
The differences between keeping formula just in case and keeping breastmilk just in case are:
1. Should you ever need formula, you will be able to buy some at almost any time, any where, or borrow some.
2. Assuming you want the best you can give your child, storing formula means that you can avoid the fourth-best option for supplementing, at least for some time. The difference in quality of expressed milk and formula is huge.
This almost never happens. Serious illnesses or injuries (such as during unconsciousness after a car accident) are often unexpected. Although I would want them to try to put my daughter to my breast even if I were unconscious, just to see if that would wake me, I would also want to make sure she had as much milk as possible.
I don't have a huge stash or anything, I'm just saying, if you want to avoid formula with absolute certainty, you would do well to have a supply of EBM in the freezer.