To breast feed or not to breast feed, that is the question...

Rebecca - posted on 04/16/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 12 days old today. Since yesterday when she nurses, she throws ALL of it up!! She had not had an issue like this yet, but yesterday her Daddy have her a bottle (2oz) of formula we got from the hospital, while I was sleeping so I could sleep a little longer. Two feedings in a row he fed her a bottle. Now it seems she isn't tolerating my breast milk :( What should I do, do I feed her and only let her nurse for a couple mins? I don't want her to get throw up a again, or get dehydrated...

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/16/2014

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I am not against giving a bottle, especially expressed milk. It just takes time for baby to really get the hang of breastfeeding. Offering a bottle between 4-6 weeks is actually a good thing. Not necessarily daily, maybe every other day just to get baby used to it. That way, if you are going to be out for long, whoever is watching baby can give a bottle instead of you rushing home. Trust me, it can be a life saver. It seems any sooner than 4 weeks causes confusion. Offering later than 12 weeks, it is really hard to get then to take one. I made that mistake with my daughter. I offered to late, and she NEVER would take one.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/16/2014

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First of all, your baby is not throwing up. It is spit up. What does that mean? Burp more frequently. That should help, but babies spit up.

Second of all, you are causing nipple confusion so young. So pick one (breast is best) and stick with it. The flow from a bottle is easier for them to suck on so often they will prefer that so young. That can lead to eating to fast. Breast milk is going to offer the best nutrition possible, and also builds their strength in the mouth differently than a bottle.

Thirdly, it always seems like spit up is more than it actually is. You have no idea how much she is actually spitting up. Don't assume she is spitting everything up she just ate, cause quite frankly that would be a wrong assumption.

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Rebecca - posted on 04/16/2014

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Thank you Little Miss, I agree with you. Think I just panicked because she was nursing perfectly fine, no spitting up and now we wait for it to happen! She and I love the bonding time during nursing and I have every intention to continue. Thank you Celeste, I read up on this matter and found the same info. My son is almost 13, and was also breast fed, I am just out of the loop on all this now! I will NOT be giving my daughter any more formula from now on...never wanted to anyways :)

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