Need help supplementing with formula...

Mary - posted on 10/20/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )




Hi Everyone,

I wanted to exclusively breastfeed my babe for as long as possible. For the past month my three month old son only gained 4 oz. He nurses round the clock and can't really go two hours at night without needing food. He is very fussy in the evening when my supply is at lowest and he's never ever fussy for no reason.

Obviously I don't make enough milk to satisfy him. I've tried to increase my supply to no avail. Please don't judge I just need advice on how to supplement. Ideally I'd like to continue nursing but add a bottle of formula to help him gain weight. DS knows how to suck from a bottle so that's not the problem, the problem is he absolutely will not drink an ounce of formula no matter what. I've tried three different dry brands and one pre-made and he won't take anything. Please help as he's not gaining weigh and I'm very concerned.


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Amy - posted on 10/23/2012




What was his weight when he was born? What is his weight now? How many wet diapers are you getting during the day?

I would also like to say that babies do not keep growing at the rate that they start out at. Eventually it all has to level out, granted he's only 3 months old but there will be some weeks where you may see a bigger weight gain than others. I wouldn't focus too much on the weight but how satisfied he is after the feed. And like someone else pointed out he could be going through a growth spurt, so he may be eating a lot and getting taller, when they get taller the weight gain isn't there, if htat makes sense.

Will he take just breastmilk from a bottle?

Mary - posted on 10/23/2012




I tried mixing my milk with formula and he didn't take it. I wasted 3 oz that way :(

Elfrieda - posted on 10/20/2012




If you're able to pump any milk at all, you could mix it half and half with the formula, maybe he'd take it then. Although if he doesn't you'll be very mad at wasting all that milk!

I think if he doesn't take the formula, he's not THAT hungry; he might just be fussy for other reasons. My son did have trouble gaining on just my milk and I started supplementing at 4 months (a slow-flow bottle after nursing) and even though the formula gave him stomach troubles, he still gobbled it down. If your son is actually starving, he won't care if it doesn't taste as good as breastmilk.

Anaquita - posted on 10/20/2012




Babies also go through growth spurts. So some weeks he won't eat as much, then he'll suddenly be very hungry, and then grow. If you're truly concerned have the pediatrician to check to see if he's on track. If so, then you will have nothing to worry about. They can also give you good advice what to expect, growth wise.

And Bobbie had some good ideas on how to increase it. That being said if they offer you medication to increase it, don't take it. I lost too much blood during labor, and due to temporary anemia, my milk came in quite late. And thus I had to supplement. I was given medication from my ob/gyn to increase it, but it did the opposite and dried it all up. :\ Ugh.

Mary - posted on 10/20/2012




I guess I am over-reacting then. It's just that his average was 7-10 oz a week, so a sudden decline freaked me out!

User - posted on 10/20/2012




Both my children were exclusively breastfed and only gained 1-2 oz a week. Some babies just don't pack the weight on quickly.

Mary - posted on 10/20/2012




The problem is he doesn't like the taste of the formula. His weight was 13 pounds at the beginning of the mouth and he was only 13 lbs 4 oz 18 days later! He needs more milk than I can provide but won't drink the formula. He screams his head off when it comes near his mouth!

Bobbie - posted on 10/20/2012




I am concerned as well. It may be something more to do with his tummy. If he won't drink more than an ounce of formula maybe he is full at the breast as well after he gets just an ounce.

I would also assume that you have spoken to his doctor about his choice in formulas for your son and supplementing his diet?

My daughter in law is currently breastfeeding my 3 month old granddaughter. Her doctor told her to breastfeed from the same breast for a full feeding. Alternate breast for the next feeding. By emptying your breast completely you will increase your volume naturally. Also stand in the hot shower and express milk from each breast when you feel the let down sensation. That will also produce more milk flow.

The best advice I can give you is to relax, enjoy your son and the closeness that breastfeeding brings to you both. Don't punish yourself for anything that nature has decided isn't working this time. My milk flowed like a river for my daughter but for my son I couldn't seem to get anything working right. I had him 4 years after my daughter and thought I would be a pro at breastfeeding but it was really difficult, emotionally draining from all the worry and I just couldn't get him to latch on and stay awake for a full feeding. He was put on formula that took forever to agree with him.

Good luck to you and your little angel

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