First time mother, need help asap(:

Stephanie - posted on 02/24/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Our baby is 3days old, I am partially Brest feeding but not producing enough milk to satisfy our baby, so I am also giving her formula, she is able to eat a full two ounce and she is only 3days old. My husband and I are worried if that is too much for her tummy to take or if that's ok?? Please help, we appreciate it(:

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Elisheva - posted on 02/25/2014

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so she said it may be a problem, so thats not definite... the only way to know is to breastfeed on demand which means as often and as long as the baby wants so your breasts are given the chance to produce milk.
if she has enough wet diapers and is back to her birth weight by the age of two weeks then she is eating enough. but if you supplement you are decreasing your milk production so you will not be able to know if you really did have a supply issue. again, a baby loves to suck so dont assume shes hungry and you're not producing enough just because she finishes a bottle of formula. and dont assume you are not producing enough because she eats all day long - that is completely normal in the beginning.

i would definitely have a IBCLC come to your home and help you. dont give up breastfeeding based on. one opinion.
cracked nipple are common in the beginning when the baby does not latch on correctly. an IBCLC will help you with that as well.

Celeste - posted on 02/24/2014

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Did she say you have IGT? Did you see an IBCLC or was this a lactation consultant at the hospital? I highly suggest seeing an IBCLC; she has more in depth training about breastfeeding than a lactation consultant.

2 oz is a bit much for a 3 day old on top of breastfeeding. Here is a graphic about how big a newborn's stomach is:
http://www.ameda.com.au/breastfeeding/br...

As far as milk supply, the best way to judge supply is by diaper count. You want one diaper per day of life up until day 5 and then 6-8 diapers after that, no matter content.

Stephanie - posted on 02/24/2014

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The reason I say I will not have enough Breats milk is because a lactation consultant seen me when I was in the hospital and she said that my breasts were not fully developed so that may be an issue when I Breast feed.. I do notice that I do have a little bit more milk, is it also normal for the nipples to crack or is that only because my baby isn't latching on right to my breast.? Thank you for the help we appreciate it :)

Elisheva - posted on 02/24/2014

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why do you say you are not producing enough milk for your baby? is there a medical reason or your opinion? who told you this? your milk doesn't come in till the third or fourth day after giving birth which is why frequent and exclusive breastfeeding is important in those first days. until your milk comes in your breasts are producing colostrum and its normal that there should not be a lot of it, your baby doesnt need more at this point. a baby will often finish a bottle because she loves to suck but this can result in overfeeding. in any case, two ounces seems like a lot you should ask your doctor how much to give her but first make sure there really is a good reason for supplementing. it is actually very rare to not have enough breastmilk for your baby if you feed on demand....

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