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if you were intending to bf did you buy bottles just in case?

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KateMess Thu 03-Sep-09 17:20:23

Hello, I'm very keen to bf when I have my baby. Should I get some bottles/formula in, just in case of a problem?

I wasn't going to, so I wasn't tempted to give up, but I wonder if this is a bit naive.

Of course if this baby goes much more overdue it'll come straight out on solids <heavy sigh>..

crokky Thu 03-Sep-09 17:22:41

No I didn't. It depends on how aviailable the things you might need are. I had a 24 hour tesco round the corner so I didn't get anything in advance and I didn't actually end up needing anything.

ByThePowerOfGreyskull Thu 03-Sep-09 17:22:51

I have to be honest, I found the first 10 days so hard that if I had had formula in the house we would have switched.. but we didn't, and I felt that encouraged me to keep going. On day 10 it was like a switch had flicked and we fed for another 11 months. smile

Perhaps get a couple of bottles but not the formula?

the only thing is it will be a waste of money if BF gos well and you never use them

ShowOfHands Thu 03-Sep-09 17:24:33

No I didn't bother. Never thought of it tbh.

suwoo Thu 03-Sep-09 17:25:53

I wasn't going to but the tommee tippee bottles were half price so I bought some smile. I didn't get formula in though as I didn't want it to be tempting.

It didn't tempt me at all and I am now 5 weeks into my bf experience.

theDMplagiarisedLeonie Thu 03-Sep-09 17:27:00

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KateMess Thu 03-Sep-09 17:31:36

Greyskull that's exactly what I fear, in the darkest hour before dawn, etc. Well, we live very near a Boots, so I think I won't get any formula.

I suppose I'll need bottles for expressed milk though, won't i?

choppychopster Thu 03-Sep-09 17:37:55

DH's friend is a sales rep for Tommee Tippee so he gave us some of the closer to nature bottles and a load of other stuff for free. Didn't buy any formula though.

belgo Thu 03-Sep-09 17:39:10

No I didn't. What I did find far more useful was the name and phone number of an expert breastfeeding advisor.

LIZS Thu 03-Sep-09 17:44:28

no . They are readily enough available if you change your mind.

xandrarama Thu 03-Sep-09 17:46:10

I had bottles on hand and a couple of small cartons of formula "just in case", but I honestly didn't think I'd need them, and I didn't. What I found was that when things got hard, just knowing I had an easily accessible "out" made me feel reassured and able to keep going with breastfeeding. It didn't tempt me to give up in the slightest.

KittyTN Thu 03-Sep-09 17:55:06

No, I never owned bottles or steriliser. BF for just over a year - one of the best experiences of my life and looking forward to BFing baby 2. I did have a middle of night freak out in the early days and sent DH to buy a breast pump in case things went wrong over Christmas but never needed it and took it back unopened after Christmas hols - I think it was a sort of insurance policy!

ZippysMum Thu 03-Sep-09 17:57:57

I'm planning to bf twins and had an appt with the bf consultant today. Both her and my midwife suggested not getting either bottles or formula, so I won't be.

Great to hear all the positive bf stories on this thread!

McDreamy Thu 03-Sep-09 17:58:42

Yes I did. I had bottles, a sterilizer and some cartons of formula for all 3 of mine. Never needed them until I decided to bottle feed at 6 months. The fact they were there had no bearing on my breastfeeding but everyone is different. As others have said maybe it also depends on how easily you could get it all if you needed it.

LadyStealthPolarBear Thu 03-Sep-09 18:01:16

yes I did - but I didn't feel they'd be particularly easy to get if I needed them in a hurry. Bought two bottles from Boots and then bought a steriliser which came with two bottles - so shouldn't have bothered with the first lot. Also got a couple of cartons of formula.

LadyStealthPolarBear Thu 03-Sep-09 18:02:01

Not planning to get formula this time round, but I'm a bit more confident as bf went well last time, and also they do sell formula in our local shop

olivo Thu 03-Sep-09 18:05:53

i did; where we live, we dont have 24/7 shops so i got bottles, steriliser and a few cartons of formula, just in case. bottles and steriliser will get used though anyway as i intend to express later on. 2 weeks in and i havent used them yet but i find it comforting to know they are there!

ProfYaffle Thu 03-Sep-09 18:06:07

I bought some because I thought I'd be expressing milk, didn't have any formula though.

Blu Thu 03-Sep-09 18:14:47

I didn't, no.

But I asked the same question as you at one of our ante-natal sessions and the mw said 'if you have any difficulties, just call me, and we will help'. The hospital (King's) ran a one-day breastfeeding 'workshop' for pg Mums and we got so much help and advice that I never thought about paying for bottles again.

Are there any support sessions advertised near you? It might be worth finding the number for your local NCT bf supporter etc.

GoldenSnitch Thu 03-Sep-09 18:15:11

I bought a steriliser (for the breast pump) and it came with a couple of free bottles and teats.

Wouldn't have had formula only someone we knew had just fiished using formula and had a whole unopened tin that they gave us for 'just in case'.

I did not plan to have bottles in the house and won't be doing it this time. We have a 24 hour Tesco nearby if the worst happens - although DD is due at Christmas so maybe I should be a little more prepared hmm

I had to supplement with DS....

PeasPlease Thu 03-Sep-09 18:18:23

No. You will be tempted to use them!

Babymakes4 Thu 03-Sep-09 18:20:35

I didn't want to but my Mum went and bought some just in case and I was very grateful at 3am one long night. (I bf DD1 for 51/2 month and DD2 for 3 months so not long by MN standards but it wasn't the bottles that made me stop!)

dinkystinky Thu 03-Sep-09 18:22:27

No I didnt - I did though buy a hand expressing machine (Avent I think) - to relieve engorgement and use when moving baby onto bottles at 6 months - and a bottle came with that I think. Never planned to buy formula either - just ensured I was armed with the bf support group details and numbers of help lines before the baby came.

Bleatblurt Thu 03-Sep-09 18:23:49

I did. I bought a couple of Dr Browns bottles but didn't buy any formula. I ended up using the bottles as I expressed.

TwoJobsOneManOneBump Thu 03-Sep-09 18:25:31

No midwife or bf consultant is going to actually advise you to get a 'just in case' bit of formula in - they cannot by law (? or govt policy, same thing?!) undermine the promotion of bf-ing.

Bottles and a pump v useful if you might want to express so that you can have nights out / nights off etc. in due course.

Stop here if you might cave to the 'temptation' of the formula if you have it in the house...

However, having gone home from hosp on a Sunday a month ago when my baby was 1 day old, sleepy and placid, yet was still up at 4am after 9 hours solid screaming which was not remotely satisfied by a few mls of colostrum, I was going mental. We looked at every bf website under the sun, looked up advice for "the first few days" in all our books, and tried all the NHS bf consultant phone numbers ("thank you for calling. our office hours are...")

I was sobbing in a corner. We called the lovely lovely midwife on the birthing centre where I'd delivered (Northwick Park, brilliant brilliant brilliant) and she virtually whispered down the phone "do you have any formula?" No, but there's a 24hr garage nearby.

Yes we agonised for another 15 mins or so about how much of an abject failure that would make me (precisely the opposite of the exclusive bf-er and totally sorted yummy mummy I planned to be) but my dp couldn't face the sight of me shaking with distress and the sheer decibels that can be produced by such a little person grin

It is all going to be about what you know about how strong your resolve is. We used some formula again in the first week on particularly painful occasions - I had cracked and bleeding nipples, and on one side I even got a blister which lasted a few days and was agony! - but I expressed for as long / as much as we ff-ed so that the 'demand' mmessages were going in even if the supply was not yet coming out.

I don't think I've used FF at all since my strapping boy was a week old. He lost 4oz off his 9lb5oz birth weight in that first week but was 9.12 at just under 3 weeks, so I'm convinced that a little bit of nasty anti-earth-mother powder did him no harm and my sanity a massive favour.

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