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Mix feeding a 5 month old - maintaining supply?

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MoonUnitAlpha Thu 02-Dec-10 12:42:49

My DS is 4 months old and breastfed, with maybe one bottle of formula a week at the moment. Come January though I need to substitute 1 or 2 feeds a day for formula. He currently feeds approximately 3 hourly, so based on that he'll be having:

7am - breast
10am - formula
1pm - breast
4pm - breast
7pm - breast
10.30pm - formula

My question is, will 4 breastfeeds a day be enough to maintain my supply? I would like ideally to continue breastfeeding for a year, so wouldn't like to compromise that.

Also, is it better to make the feeding routine the same every day, or would it be better to breastfeed at 10am on the days when I can?

I guess I could make the 10.30pm feed breast, but that would mean having to stay up for it (which I do at the moment) but by January I'd like to be able to go to bed early and let DP do that feed.

MoonUnitAlpha Thu 02-Dec-10 12:43:47

Oh, and in practice the 7am feed is more like a 5am-7am sleepy cluster feed!

MoonUnitAlpha Thu 02-Dec-10 18:39:48

Bumping in case anyone with mix feeding experience is around...

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