Baby prefers formula over breast milk, please help!

Shannon - posted on 04/17/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have 7 week old b/g twins. I have been trying to feed them EBM but I do not produce enough for both of them so I had to start supplementing with formula. The last 3 days we've noticed that my son eats well, does not fuss, burps good etc. with formula. Whenever we give him EBM he fusses through the whole feeding, has trouble burping, cries while trying to eat and spits the bottle out. Has anyone else had this happen? I really want to make sure he's getting the benefits of the breast milk. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated!

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Angela - posted on 04/19/2013

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Don't give up. Start with BM each time then finish with something more filling. Also think about if something you are eating (spicy, dairy) could be upsetting his tummy, so he's not wanting it.

Leigh - posted on 04/18/2013

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I gave my son, who had colic, a drop of Mylicon before and after he ate. will be praying for you. Just remember what my mama told me, if you are tense and upset 1. your milk wont come down, and 2, the baby will also be tense and upset. I was always tensed up when I had my son, he was the first, and I always seemed to have an "audience" when I nursed. Good Luck.

Leigh - posted on 04/18/2013

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I gave my son, who had colic, a drop of Mylicon before and after he ate. will be praying for you. Just remember what my mama told me, if you are tense and upset 1. your milk wont come down, and 2, the baby will also be tense and upset. I was always tensed up when I had my son, he was the first, and I always seemed to have an "audience" when I nursed. Good Luck.

LeiShell - posted on 04/17/2013

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I breastfed my son til 27 mos and know how hard it can be at times, especially in the beginning. If you can try to breastfeed from breast and get him used to that, that might help. Being straight on the breast can help them not get air in between gulps. I doubt that breastmilk is upsetting his tummy, since a babies body is meant for that over formula...but if you feel that you need to do formula, just do it. Just remember the less you nurse, the less you produce. If you want to increase your supply, nurse around the clock, drink lots of fluid
(even Mother's Milk Tea) and I have heard eating Oatmeal or drinking a beer an help too. But my supply would go in spurts too (it is normal) and for about three days, I would dedicate myself to nursing...and in between, pumping. Good luck!

LeiShell - posted on 04/17/2013

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I breastfed my son til 27 mos and know how hard it can be at times, especially in the beginning. If you can try to breastfeed from breast and get him used to that, that might help. Being straight on the breast can help them not get air in between gulps. I doubt that breastmilk is upsetting his tummy, since a babies body is meant for that over formula...but if you feel that you need to do formula, just do it. Just remember the less you nurse, the less you produce. If you want to increase your supply, nurse around the clock, drink lots of fluid
(even Mother's Milk Tea) and I have heard eating Oatmeal or drinking a beer an help too. But my supply would go in spurts too (it is normal) and for about three days, I would dedicate myself to nursing...and in between, pumping. Good luck!

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