Maggie - posted on 06/16/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )
My son is 5-month old. I used to exclusively breastfeed him 6-7 times per day. After the feeding, I would change diapers. Most of the time the diapers were heavily wet. At his 4-month check-up, I found out that he only gained 150 grams from 2 month to 4 month. The doctor suggested that I should feed more times and each time for much longer time . Since then, I breastfed him for as many times as I can, normally at least 7-8 times per day. I drank lots of liquids trying to increase the supply of my breastmilk, like water ,milk, soup….. One month passed. He only gained 150 grams!!! I was very frustrated. The doctor suggested to offer formula to the baby. I’m not sure how to offer formula. Should I breastfeed the baby first and then offer some formula for every feeding? Or should I breastfeed the baby for some feedings and offer formula to the baby for some feedings. In the former case, I’m worried that the baby may find out the formula is easier to suck and more flavored. Then he will stop sucking. My body will make a reaction and my breastmilk will gradually dry up. For the latter case, is it likely to have clogged milk ducts if the breasts are not emptied for a long time. I wish I could breastfeed my baby for as long as I can. I enjoy breastfeeding my baby very much. When he sucks, he looks so contendly. I feel so happy. Perhaps it is the happiest time in my life. So which method shall I choose? Thanks so much for any advise!