Michelle - posted on 12/04/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )
my sister is 23 and was breastfeeding her 2 week old. She has had several midwife visits since her son was born and each time the midwife has told her that she needs to feed her boy formula! I mean for one...midwifes are meant to promote breastfeeding arent they???
anyway aiden (my sisters lil boy) weighed 8lb 2oz at birth and by end of week one went down to 7lb 10oz then up to 7lb 12 now hes nearly 3 weeks old...the midwife has said to my sister that she needs to put him on formula because hes not putting on enough weight.
By my calculations...hes only lost 5% of his original body weight so therefore is not in any kind of danger??? Hes healthy and happy, and when he was breastfeeding he was feeding every hour.
I myself breastfed my daughter and I went through some trials and ended up with the doc putting my daughter on soya formula (when she could have just advised me to cut out all dairy etc...more to that story) but anyway....how do i give my sister the reassurance shes doing just fine and to not let some health professionals make her do anything...90% of new moms breastfeeding find it difficult at first...she never did it with her first baby...so any advice please is welcome.