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