Breastfeeding or formula - Pls help!!!

Lauren - posted on 12/24/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My two week old had been putting weight on really well since leaving hospital.. She's been settled and her attachment when breastfeeding has been perfect (I've had the health nurse check multiple times). Now she is losing weight (80grams at her last weigh-in) and my diet has not changed, nor has my stress levels and there seems to be a really healthy let-down. She feeds for twenty minutes and then is happy and cotent until her next feed three hours . The health nurse is going to weigh her again in three days but is talking about needing to switch her to formula... I'm not thrilled about the idea at all but I had to do it with my first-born as well.. Am I just being over sensitive? Will it make a difference if she has to go on formula? Am I a bad mum if I don't breastfeed? It really hurts and I'm trying to tough it out but now that she's losing weight as well I just don't know what to do :(

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Lauren - posted on 12/25/2012

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Oh thank goodness! Thank you so so much for your replies! I feel so much better!!
Happy holidays! xx

Michelle - posted on 12/25/2012

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She has had the colostrum and that's the best part.

If she does better on formula then that's what you need to do. My first I only brestfed for 5 weeks but should have switched sooner. My other 2 were 6 and 5.5 months respectively and there isn't any difference with their immune systems not that they are older.

My kids are now 11.5yo, 9yo and 3yo.

Lauren - posted on 12/25/2012

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Thankyou so much! With my son, we gave him one feed of formula and he refused being breastfed every time... I'm really worried that'll happen again bc I do want to breastfeed this time... I know every child is different but so far the exact same things are happening... Assuming she did end up refusing the breast, would it make a huge difference to her health..?
My son managed to stay on the breast for around 3 weeks but I don't know how well she'll do if I drag it out...
I've tried expressing and topping her up between feeds and my milk has fully come in now so I'm running out of options....

Michelle - posted on 12/24/2012

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With all 3 of my babies I would give them a bottle of formula for the last feed of the night (about 10pm). It would give me a decent 4 hours of sleep compared to the 2 while breastfeeding and would also make sure I had a decent amount when they woke up so they would get another full belly.

Karen - posted on 12/24/2012

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I felt like my daughter wasn't getting full enough despite constant nursing so I decided to add a bottle a day in addition to breast feeding. The lactation consultants strongly disapprove, they talk so much about nipple confusion, I'm sure it does happen but in my case the addition of a bottle a day of similac sensitive formula (easier on a breast fed babies stomach) did not in any way disrupt breast feeding. Maybe just one or two bottles a day will work for you and help to put on some weight. And of course you are not a bad mum if you don't breast feed! Your baby will thrive regardless what you decide. I hope this helped. Happy Holidays to you & good luck!

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