My baby says NO to breastmilk, pls.help

Amber - posted on 12/19/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hi ladies, I have 4.5 months cutie baby girl,first 2 months she is very good in feeding and my supply was good, but gradually my milk production slows down which makes us to introduce formula milk to her.

Initialy we gave her 1 to 2 bottle for a day, but as she grows her intake of formula milk increases to 3 to 4 bottles, I gave her breast feed during the nights as that time only I have milk in me, rest of the day she is depend on formula. I also tried pumping but this measure also failed.

Now the situation is like this she is not even lactating and want breast milk in night, I am feeling very guilty and helpless. I am having hypo thyroid, it's there for the past 5 years and still having, I am taking 100 mg of thyroxine everyday, also my blood sugar is bit higher.

Kindly advice me as everyday I am living with a guilt inside that I myself make my kid depend upon formula. Very Sony she will touch her 5. Months, is it fine if I start introducing solids to her.

Looking forward to hear from you ladies.

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Dove - posted on 12/19/2012

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If you don't want to continue breastfeeding and it is stressing you out that much.... it's better for your baby if you stop. I come from my viewpoint because I LOVED breastfeeding and only had a few, very minor issues in the very beginning. That doesn't mean you have to do things my way... or anyone else's way other than your own.

Amber - posted on 12/19/2012

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To be honest, Holly describe my situation well, like her sister I am also struggling very had but I can't see my poor baby starving, it's not about the choice, I think it's becomes necessary after a certain point I have introduced formula to her. Some relatives of mind hold the same viewpoint as Dove, that's why I posted my problem to work out best for my baby. I personally feel thyroid is responsible for my low supply... Really don't know ladies,

Holly - posted on 12/19/2012

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I witnessed my sister try to FORCE her breast milk when her baby was just NOT wanting it... she struggled and struggled... but to no avail... the baby went hungry and the closeness that was supposed to happen was not there... the baby was angry and hungry and my sister felt like a horrible mom.... all this talk of "oh breast is best", and "REAL mom's breast feed" was crock... if it works, then great, if it doesn't work for you, thats why there is formula!!!! after she realized her torturing and starving her baby was only making it worse, she gave him a bottle with formula and it worked!!!!

Dove - posted on 12/19/2012

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The more you use formula... the less breast milk your body makes and the more your baby needs formula. Breast milk is made by demand.... and she hasn't been demanding it. No doubt she prefers the faster flow of the bottle and no longer likes the work it takes to get the breast milk out. There is nothing wrong w/ this if you have no objection to her using formula. If you WANT to continue to breastfeed.... you have to cut down the formula and put her to breast as often as possible. Either way is your choice.

Amber - posted on 12/19/2012

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Thx a lot Lacye for your encouraging and prompt reply, feeling much relaxed. Thx.

Amber - posted on 12/19/2012

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Thx a lot Lacye for your encouraging and prompt reply, feeling much relaxed. Thx.

Lacye - posted on 12/19/2012

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I don't understand why people are so against formula. If it's what your child needs, then give it to her, as you have been. If she is wanting the formula more lately than the breast milk, then you need to take her off the boob. Your body is just not producing enough for her intake and she realizes that. Don't feel guilty about it, these things happen and it's nobody's fault. You have tried everything you can think of to get your milk producing, that's all you really can do.

As for starting baby food, if she is 5 months old, she is old enough to start eating the baby food, although you need to start off with just a few different types at a time (like one week try a vegetable and the next try a different vegetable). If you start off with too many different tastes too soon, you child could end up with an allergy and you not know which food it is that gave it to her.

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