Which is better- Pasteurized toned milk or formula?

Ashita - posted on 02/23/2012 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Since the age of 25days my son doesn't seem to be satisfied with breast milk. He wakes up every hour n hv some milk. tried giving him top feed... want to know your views about top feeds- which milk is more nutritious.. although I have revived breast feeding as much as i could. still need to give him bottle.

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Celeste - posted on 02/26/2012

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Soreness is pretty common in the early weeks. Make sure that latch is good. Use some Lasinoh cream for your nipples. If you want to continue breastfeeding, I really encourage you to nurse more often and ditch the bottles. Watch for diapers. Nurse nurse nurse and nurse some more. Bottles aren't going to help the situation

Lori - posted on 02/25/2012

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If you're going to feed your baby something other than your own breast milk, I'd use formula. Why would you consider using pasteurized toned milk? I don't know much about toned milk, but my understanding of it is that it's made so that those who couldn't normally afford milk can get some version of milk. Does not mean it's made for babies to drink.



I think Celeste is right though, keep nursing on demand. Since you've already started supplementing with other milk, you can start cutting down on how much you supplement a small amount at a time. Growth spurts are normal times of additional nursing and during those times you baby won't seem satisfied. He'll need to nurse more frequently so as to signal your body to make more milk. If you offer any other type of food/drink your body doesn't know it needs to make additional milk for your baby and a vicious cycle begins where you aren't making enough for your baby. At 25 days old your son was probably going through a growth spurt. The first several growth spurts my daughter went through I'd be sore for a few days too from nursing ever hour or more. But it never lasted more than a few days. Using lanolin during this time helped me get through.



How old is your baby now? And how many oz does he eat when you top feed?

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Ashita - posted on 02/28/2012

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ooh.. but can it develop just immediately. coz till now he dint have colic.

will still explore my diet further...

Lori - posted on 02/28/2012

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Colic can unfortunately last as short as 3 weeks, or as long as 6 months. Many times the Dr will tell you there's nothing you can do about colic... but some cases are caused or worsened by food sensitivities or allergies. Most common allergens are Dairy, Soy, Eggs, Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat (gluten), Fish, and Shellfish. If you think this might be something you want to explore further, try cutting the products out of your diet for several weeks and see if he gets better.

Ashita - posted on 02/28/2012

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because he is having Colic since 5 days.. he's nursing very less, thus cranky.. mostly sleepless nights for my kiddo. :(

was wondering if colic can stay this long. am giving him tummy soothing medi.

i too am watching my diet. hope this goes soon now.

Lori - posted on 02/27/2012

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Yes, your pediatrician is right, breastfeeding will help your son get over any cold or illness sooner. Your body makes antibodies that help fight a sore throat or a cold or whatever and when he nurses, he gets those antibodies to help him fight off the cold too. Just keep nursing momma!

Ashita - posted on 02/27/2012

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am so overwhelmed n encouraged..

fortunately i could revive the breast feeding soon enuff.. Now my son is 2months + 1 week.. and am able to cater to him most of the times. never wanted a bottle personally but the soreness got over me. i think now i don't need any ointment :)

now the twist is that he's catching from me my infection. i got throat inf n it seems to be passed on to him too. but the pediatrician mentioned that breast feed only will bring it out from my baby which am glad am doing.

Shauna - posted on 02/26/2012

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Oh, I felt like I'd never stop the breastfeed-burp-change diaper-start over cycle! It will get better. It's also possible he just needs to suck, so you could introduce a pacifier if you want, but drop it if it causes nipple confusion. It may take a few days for him to like it or he may never like it. If he fusses when you try it, then nurse, and know it will get better. Another thought--make sure it's not gas that he has. If it is, gas drops are fantastic, but then you can also see if anything you eat tends to lead to that more (for my son, I had to cut down on onions--I didn't get rid of them, but it made a big difference). Good luck!

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I just wanted to offer you some sympathy since I don't have any additional information to what has already been given.



My son had reflux and the main thing that comforted him was nursing, so he would sometimes nurse every 45 minutes. I could sometimes get 2-3 hours out of him (especially at night), but he pretty much never went longer than 4 hours between a nursing until he was a year and a half!!



Hang in there. It may not seem like it, but in reality this is such a short time in both your lives. It WILL get better!!

Ashita - posted on 02/25/2012

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thnx celeste,

actually i got soreness from feeding every hour n had to use Top...

thnx again for the links... it's so nice.:)

Celeste - posted on 02/24/2012

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Never look for "satisfied". Babies are supposed to nurse often. If you "top" him up, your body isn't going to get that signal to make more milk. Nursing often is GOOD. The more you nurse, the more you will make. As long as baby is getting 6-8 diapers, your baby is getting enough. So, the answer to your question is neither. It's probably not needed.

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