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I'm the mother of a healthy breastfed baby girl. She is 8 months old and for the last 3 weeks I've been supplementing her feedings with formula. Basically, each day I give her approx 8-10 ounces (give or take) of formula. I started supplementing with formula because I'm second guessing myself whether or not she is getting enough milk and whether my milk is sufficient. I'm horrible about taking my vitamins and I'm concerned that she isn't getting quality milk. Does that make sense??????<br><br>
There are so many different types of formula to choose from. Is there any one type of brand that is better than the next???? Is soy better than milk based????<br><br>
Any suggestions???<br><br>
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Melissa,<br>
Has your baby been losing weight? Why do you think she is not getting enough milk? Breastmilk is the absolute best thing for your baby and continuing to breastfeed is the best way to keep up your supply of milk. If you have come this far and your dd is healthy, you are doing wonderfully and should not need to supplement at all. Whether or not you are taking your vitamins doesn't affect the quality of your milk -- in fact the quality of your milk does not change based on what you eat. The amount of milk you make CAN change if you are not hydrated or eating much at all but the quality stays the same. And your milk changes as your daughter grows -- infant breastmilk is not the same as the breastmilk your body makes for your 8month old so you can be assured that the milk you are making for her is just right. Do you know any nursing moms nearby? Have you checked out your local La Leche League? It would be a great place to meet other like-minded moms. Keep up the good work!
 

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I agree with the previous poster <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Why are you concerned? Is she having wet diapers? poopy diapers? Don't second guess yourself! If anything supplementing is going to decrease your milk supply and ruin your breastfeeding relationship <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> (I know.. I made this mistkae with dd1 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> )
 

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dziejen - Thanks for your reply. I'm second guessing myself because she doesn't nurse as long as she used to. Sometimes it feels like less than five minutes on each breast. Maybe she's not interested in breastfeeding?? I end up having to pump after her feedings. The second reason why I'm second guessing myself is that people keep telling me how small she is. She's 8 months old and weighs 15 lbs. Other than her small size she is happy and active. She has frequent bowel movements and wet diapers. All the signs point to healthy.<br><br>
I think I will contact the local La Leche League and discuss my concerns with them. I know that breastmilk is the absolute best thing for her ........ I guess I just needed to hear it again. I'm a first time mom and unfortunatley my mom is no longer living to share this with me and non of my friends are mommys. As I write this, I realize that I do need local support.<br><br>
Thank you for your supportive response.<br><br>
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mama2kyla - Your right. I just needed a little boost in confidence. I love my little girl and I only want the best for her.<br><br>
Thank you for your words. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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pices79 - Thanks for the reply. I'm feeling more confident with each reply that I read.<br><br>
Thanks for your support.<br><br>
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Keep on nursing!! You are doing a great job. You probably just have a little peanut baby <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
My babe is a year old and weighs 17 lbs. You know your baby and if she is hungry. I would skip the formula and just keep nursing.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> you can do it! Your body was made to do this and you are one awesome mama!! Making milk is your super power <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/broc1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Broccoli">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bfinfant.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bfinfant">:
 

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Ladies - Thank you for all the positive responses. I needed this.<br><br>
I will dump the powder and continue with breastfeeding.
 

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Please don't doubt yourself. Babies at that age/stage are usually very proficient nursers and the breasts are used to working with the baby too. I dunno. I just think by that stage for most moms its like a well-honed dance. And the other thing is that babies are more distracted. So their excitement at discovering the world makes bfg lower on their immediate agenda.<br><br>
I'm guessing not all the feedings are that short though? My current baby has some 3-5min sessions and then has 20-30min power sessions (which are usually as much about nurturing as nursing).<br><br>
Sorry for writing a novel. I just wanted to give you support too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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anhaga - Your right, not all of her feedings last that short. And your right, she is easily distracted while nursing. She is busy discovering the world around her - even while she's feeding.<br><br>
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I also wanted to say, my son's weight fell off after we started solids at 6 months. I was panicked about it, but later realized that a LOT of moms here experienced this with their children. We had to consciously add fat to his solid food, that helped.<br><br>
I haven't messed around with formula. We supplemented in the first three days of my son's life under the direction of a lactation consultant, but soon weaned him from that stuff (which is what, named after Darth Vader's younger brother?)My impression is that breastfeeding is a lot easier, in addition to being more nutritious than formula and having antibodies that formula lacks. Think of the breastmilk as the vitamin supplement!<br><br>
You can do it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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