Combo feeding

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Combo feeding

A lot of women are curious about combo feeding, especially working women for whom it can be very difficult to exclusively breastfeed and keep up with your baby´s needs when you are having to pump for eight hours a day. I think it´s an unfortunate thing that more lactation consultants and breastfeeding experts don´t talk about combo feeding because for a lot of women the concept of exclusive breastfeeding for one year or for six months and then with solids for a year can be really daunting. And I think sometimes there is a lot of power in a relief bottle, and there are some legitimate concerns at the beginning of disrupting your milk supply or causing nipple confusion for your baby if you are switching between breast and bottle but after a couple weeks once breastfeeding is well established, there really is no harm in giving your baby a bottle occasionally or even doing half and half. For women who can´t keep up milk supply wise, this can be a godsend. This enables them to maintain the breastfeeding relationship and get all the wonderful advantages and benefits of breastfeeding but also be able to nurse their child adequately. So I think instead of being afraid of combing the two, we should really find ways for each individual woman to reach her own breastfeeding goals and if that includes some formula, then so be it.

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Suzanne Barston, CLC

Blogger & Author of Bottled Up

Suzanne Barston, CLC is the former Editor-in-Chief of Los Angeles Family Magazine, a Certified Lactation Counselor, and a freelance writer specializing in parenting, women’s interest, and science/health topics. She is the author of Bottled Up: How the Way We Feed Babies Has Come to Define Motherhood, and Why It Shouldn’t and blogs as her alter ego, the "Fearless Formula Feeder". "FFF", as it’s known to an international fan base representing over 40 countries, supports parents dealing with issues of guilt, fear, conflict and uncertainty regarding infant feeding difficulties and choices through critical assessments of research, pithy commentary, practical advice, and a weekly series allowing parents to share stories in a cathartic way. She is also the co-creator of the #ISupportYou movement. 

Barston was raised outside of Boston and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University in 2000. After living and working in Chicago and London, she now resides in Los Angeles with her husband, the photographer Steven Barston, and their two obnoxiously cute children. She and her husband were featured on two award-winning online reality series for, A Parent is Born and Welcome to Parenthood, about their pregnancy and first years as parents. Suzanne's writing and her work with FFF and Bottled Up have been featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post,,, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Parenting, Babytalk, OhBaby!, Fit Pregnancy, The Observer, Yahoo Shine!, Australia's Good Weekend magazine, and on a variety of radio programs including KPCC's "Take Two", numerous NPR affiliates, "Parenting Unplugged", "Positive Parenting", "Mom Enough", "For Crying Out Loud", "Voice of Russia", and more. Suzanne was honored to be one of the keynote Voices of the Year in 2012 for the annual BlogHer conference.

She currently works both as a writer and as an Infant Feeding Counselor. 


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