I started off bf, but my baby was premie and had high billirubin levels, so dr suggested only formula. Since then, she won't take breastmilk by itself, so we mixed. Now between feeding her and pumping and trying to sleep, there is no time for anything else, so I stopped pumping. Since then, she only poops once a day, sometimes not at all for a day, and farts lots. Could this be because I stopped giving her breastmilk?Answer Question
Formula is harder to digest than breastmilk. That is probably why she isn't pooping as much. As long as she is comfortable I wouldn't worry about it. Normally the gas would come from swallowing air, but obviously she's been bottle fed all along.You may want to talk to her doctor about a different formula if she is miserable, but if she's working the gas out just fine I wouldn't worry about it. Of course if you're uncomfortable about it, talk to the doctor. If she doesn't start pooping regularly soon, I would most definitely talk to the doctor because extreme constipation can be deadly and is one of my biggest fears. Keep a close eye on her.
Answer by TruckersWife426 at 2:48 PM on Jan. 1, 2010
Answer by lala9 at 3:22 PM on Jan. 1, 2010
I don't know why some doctors are still making bf mothers supplement with formula for high bilirubin. What is needed is simply breadtmilk which is a mild laxative hich is what is needed and 15 minutes of sunlight a day. Formula is constipating, It makes no sense to substitute one perfect milk for artificial. Bf is proven the best for premie health. i would either put baby back to breast or exclusively pump. join a breastfeeding moms group and go to http://www.drjacknewman.com/ and http://www.kellymom.com/
Answer by amileegirl at 3:28 PM on Jan. 1, 2010
And check this out about breastmilk and premies: http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/MaxProduction.html
Answer by amileegirl at 3:29 PM on Jan. 1, 2010
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Answer by missanc at 3:57 PM on Jan. 1, 2010
You might want to consider finding a new doctor. Preemie babies need breast milk even more so I am surprised that formula was encouraged when you were already planning to breast feed. My DS had high levels and was too sleepy to nurse so my midwife had me pump and feed him with a syringe to make sure he was getting more. If you are not producing enough, the doc can give you a Rx for the milk bank but formula is the last thing a preemie needs. I am with the Anonymous answer - time to go Dr shopping but definitely work towards getting back to 100% breast milk.
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