I have been breastfeeding and supplementing with formula since my daughter was born. She was a month early and was in the NICU for 10 days. She was hypoglycemic at birth and my milk did not come in for the first four days so the NICU has me give her formula after breastfeeding each time. Now at 4 months we still haven't been able to get rid of the bottle and her demand has increased to 6oz/feeding. The max I am producing is 4oz and it takes longer between feedings to produce enough for the next feeding.
If you nurse her, and then an hour later she is hungry, nurse her again! If you keep doing this your supply will increase. Nurse on one side until she gets frustrated, or lets go, then switch her to the other side. After the 2nd breast switch her BACK to the first breast, then the second again. Try and get her to nurse every hour during the day, and top off with formula as needed. Great info at Weaning From Formula Suplements
Answer by maggiemom2000 at 7:58 PM on May. 27, 2009
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Answer by Krysta622 at 5:30 PM on May. 27, 2009
I assume you are exclusively pumping since your daughter was in the NICU for so long. It will be very difficult for you to keep up with her pumping alone. Try holding her while you pump. You could even talk to a consultant about trying to teach her to latch now. It's alot harder when they can't latch, it sounds like you're doing a great job.
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