In need of help with feeding difficulties. ..

Jessica - posted on 06/28/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I feel like my daughter is not getting enough to eat. My milk hasn't come in yet and she always wants to feed. She's two and a half days old. Should I top up with formula until my milk comes in?

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Lisa - posted on 06/29/2014

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If you are planning to breastfeed, nurse her as frequently as she wants. She is getting colostrum (your pre-milk), and the more she nurses, the sooner your milk will come in. I suspect that yours hasn't come in yet, because you aren't letting her nurse as often as she wants. It's really "supply and demand", but in reverse. The more she demands, the more your breasts will supply. If you just let her go at it, you'll have plenty of milk. It kind of sounds like you're not totally on-board with breast feeding. If that's the case, then just go with formula. "Supplementing" with bottles, after just 2 and a half days, will cause nipple confusion, and also will not help your milk come in. I nursed each of my children, basically until the next one was born (3 of them, 2 years apart). Breast milk costs nothing, unlike formula and the supplies (and constant cleaning of them) that go along with it. Breast milk is always the perfect temperature, always there when your baby needs it, no bottles, mixing, or warming necessary. The health benefits to your baby are an added bonus. Give it a real try!

Jessica - posted on 06/29/2014

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Thanks Sarah!
Well she wasn't having enough wet diapers that's why I was worried. I still have been putting her on my breasts 2-3 hours and then supplement with an ounce of formula. I only give her the formula every other feed.
I just found a local breastfeeding clinic with specialists so I think I will try that out.
Thanks for the feedback.

User - posted on 06/28/2014

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Firstly, congratulations on the safe arrival of your daughter.

Keep feeding her for as long and as much as she wants. For the first few days she will only need your colostrum. As she feeds, it will send signals to your body to start producing the milk she will need. If you top up with formula, your body won't get the messages to produce enough milk, so this may cause a problem with milk production.

Is she producing regular wet and dirty nappies/ diapers? If so, she is getting what she needs.

It might be worth getting a midwife or lactation consultant to check she is latching on properly, for your own piece of mind. Good luck.

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