Should I Stop breast feeding completely or continue supplementing with formula and giving my son breast milk?

Eryn - posted on 09/14/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son was tongue tied when he was born and was not able to latch on. We corrected his tongue and unfortunately he was still never able to latch properly. I Have been pumping for him since he was born however I only produce about a little less than half of what he needs during a day. He is 6 weeks old and eating on average 4-6 oz every 3-4 hrs I give him about 8 -12oz of breast milk a day and supplement the rest with formula. I am wondering if it is even worth is to give him what little breast milk I am producing or to just switch completely to formula?

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Tee - posted on 09/14/2012

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Maybe if you try a different type of bottle / nipple that might work. I didn't even realize that my daughter had a tongue tie until they were doing her assessment and by that time I had worked out her feeding issues. She also had gross and fine motor delays as she was born 7 weeks early. Now at 33 months, you would never know unless she sticks her tongue out at her brothers.

Eryn - posted on 09/14/2012

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yes my son had the surgery for being tongue tied when he was 7 days old. His doctors said there is a good chance it would help him latch and help him to avoid speech therapy in the future. My husband was tongue tied at birth and didnt end up needing speech therapy however his brother who was also tongue tied ended up needing 4-5 years of speech therapy. My sons doctors told me that the surgery later in life would be much more traumatic and be a bigger procedure so we opted to do it while he was still little. the procedure took less than a minute and he didnt even cry and was able to latch at first but by that time was so used to a bottle that he would get to mad to breast feed so i gave up and have just been giving him breast milk in a bottle and formula.

Tee - posted on 09/14/2012

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You had the surgery for the tongue tie? With my daughter I just gave up since my milk would have had to have been mixed with her formula anyway (she was on a preemie formula). I didn't know at the time that she had a tongue tie and just thought she was a lazy eater because she never liked to wake up to eat. Her doctors and speech therapist both said that the surgery was not needed and would only be cosmetic. Had she been full term I probable would have continued to try to get her to latch or pump to build up supply.

Dove - posted on 09/14/2012

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Any breast milk is worth it. I think I would be continuing to try and get him to latch though. Have you tried a nipple shield and/or speaking to a lactation consultant. I do know a few women who exclusively pumped... and others that did pumped milk and formula, but pumping is a hassle if you can find any way to get him on to the breast. ANY breast milk he gets will be beneficial... and that much less formula that you have to buy. ;)

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