BF and Formula... How much formula????

Erin - posted on 09/08/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Ok... So I was Bf'ing exclusevily until I went to the Doc and my daughter had not gained enough weight. He didn't pressure me into Supplementing with Formula, but offered it as an option. With the pressure I was feeling from others, I went ahead and gave her formula. Well, Since I did that, my milk supply has dropped even more and she is now preferring the formula over me. Probably because I don't let down as fast as the bottle. She just gets mad and refuses to latch, but will take a bottle. Anyways, first off, she's on Nutramigen for a milk protein sensitivity. When she nurses, she acts fine but after formula, she screams. My mom tells me it is the iron in the formula since I couldn't have iron when I was her age. She turns into a MONSTER and nothing helps! But I have found out that they no longer make iron free formula so I am stuck with the constipation she has. Another problem... The doc told me to give her 2 oz every 3-4 hrs. I'm thinking thats not enough. She is 8 weeks now, and seems to scream for 2 hrs until I feed her again. I am afraid to give her too much because she also has acid reflux real bad and is on medication. I am just not sure how much formula I should give her. I am about to give up on the BFing but I may try domperidone to help my supply. Its just so expensive as well. I just need help... I'm lost everyone is tellling me different things, and I'm just not sure what to do... feed her too little and she is upset, feed her too much and she cries from acid... feed her formula shes constipated, and nurse her, she gets upset bc I let down slow, and dont give enough right now.... AGH!

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Erin - posted on 09/15/2010

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aww... we went to the GI specialist... he said basically that my pediatrician is a moron and didnt know what he was talking about. Not only does she have a problem with milk protein, but has a problem with soy, eggs and nuts as well. And... the Nutramigen he put her on, was still too big for her to digest. It needed to be broken down more... so he put her on Pregestimil. He said she should start acting a little better in a couple weeks on the new formula. We also had to draw blood since she looked pale. Guess he is afraid she is anemic. She was losing a lot of blood in her poo bc of the protein sensitivity. Poor baby. I just feel so bad for her. She is so miserable!

Emily - posted on 09/14/2010

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I too express and bottle feed breast milk. My boy is 10 weeks old and he drink about 120-140 mls every 2.5-3 hours during day and 4-5 hours overnight.

Lauren - posted on 09/13/2010

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Hopefully they will figure something out!! I know my son has been going through a barrage of tests, but luckily he is doing better with just the reflux medication! Good luck!!

Erin - posted on 09/13/2010

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well she is on medication for the reflux. Shes taking Zantac 0.5mls 3x's a day. She is now only on formula as I have completely dried up no. No matter how much I pumped, The supply just kept getting lower and lower. I think that issue is genetic, as my mother and my cousin, and i think I have a thyroid issue, and thyroid issues can be linked to a decrease in milk supply. My mother said she had no problem drying up with her 1st 2 kids and couldnt never supply enough for me. So I dont feel so bad there. I have talked to her ped about the constipation and continual fussiness and they referred us to a GI specialist. So we go there tomorrow... Wish us luck =/ I hope we find the issue. Right now she eats about 3-4 oz every 3hrs or so. i have tried catnip tea and it sometimes helps to ease her discomfort. I read that it can soothe bellies and numb the pain. Just cant give too much. I water it down, just so i cant overdo it. I will try anything at this point... I need to look into that comfort milk. I have never heard of that...

Lauren - posted on 09/12/2010

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I am actually exclusively expressing and feeding my son that way. I have been fighting thrush for over a month now and he refuses to latch while I have thrush and before that his jaundice and weight gain were so bad that they made me pump, so I could measure how much he was eating. So expressing could help with those issues. Also my son has reflux and he is now on medication and doesn't scream while eating anymore. You should ask your doctor about medication for the reflux that may help with the pain she is having.

Rebecca - posted on 09/11/2010

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well my doctor told me to give my daughter 3oz every 3hrs but i only give her 3oz when she wants za bottle so i dont waste formula and for the constipation it happens with almost every formula fed baby you can try having her lay down and move her hips in a bike motion, let her sit in a bath,use a butt thermometer with lubication and insert it alittle, pair juice, karo light corn syrup in every bottle any of these will help ive used a bunch of different methods

Jaclyn - posted on 09/11/2010

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Have you tried to pump and then put the breast milk into the bottle. That is what I do for my daughter. It is great because I can have others feed her and she is still getting b-milk. I don't know about any of the other situations with the medicine. but it sounds like she likes the bottle. Also if you pump like every 2 hours it will help you produce more milk.

Rachael - posted on 09/11/2010

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hi hun, my son suffers from colic and reflux and is also on medication, i feed him cow and gate comfort (aptimal also do a comfort milk) this is made especially for colic and constipation. My son is constipated due to his medication. Comfort milk is lighter on the stomach. She may cry due to her reflux or maybe griping pains, i was told babies with colic feed more as they think they are hungry and feeding eases the pain, you can buy infacol over the counter and give a dose before feeds to c if this helps. just a few things for you to mull over dont no if it will be much help xx good luck xx

Natasha - posted on 09/08/2010

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what about expressing a feeding her the expressed milk inb bottle.. m y son will be 8 weeks on saturday and he has 150mls 5oz sometimes he has 180mls especially before bed and morning. i was told if i didnt have enough supply to lay in bed and let them nurse wshen ever they wanted to for a day and this will help build up your supply again but in the end you need to do whats best for you and your baby...i hope it all works out for you all the best

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