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After giving birth if you are breastfeeding is the colostrum enough to feed the baby until you mild comes in a day or two later or do you need to suppilement with formula?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 8:25 PM on Feb. 14, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • Milk...sorry!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:25 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • Do not supplement. Your colostrum is enough until your milk comes in. Babies have a reserve from the womb, they will be fine until mom's milk comes in.
    SleepingBeautee

    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 8:27 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • Colostrum is enough. Actual hunger won't really set in for a few days so there is no need to supplement with formula.
    Marix3

    Answer by Marix3 at 8:28 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • i would supplement, i didnt have milk for the first 2 days and that colostrum doesnt seem like anywhere near enough
    BrittanyD07

    Answer by BrittanyD07 at 8:29 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • I didn't need to supplement, the colostrum was enough
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:31 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • Babies tummies are the size of a small marble when they are born, it literally only takes drops to fill them up. By the time your milk comes in they will be ready for it, but supplimenting sabbotages your breastfeeding relationship, especially that early. Colostrum is the ideal first food and adding formula will likely cause problems.
    Ati_13

    Answer by Ati_13 at 8:34 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • colostrum is exactly what your baby needs =) supplementation can cause supply problems
    Stefanie83

    Answer by Stefanie83 at 8:37 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • Colostrum is plenty. Assuming no real supply issues (which wouldn't be evident right away, anyway), there's no need to ever supplement with formula; you make what your baby needs, period. It's the beauty of the human body.

    Besides which, nursing for the first few days is what tells your body how much milk to produce. If you're giving formula instead of nursing, you're not going to make as much milk, and that just snowballs into bigger and bigger issues.

    If you're determined to breastfeed, no bottles until nursing is established, which will take longer than it takes your milk to come in.
    DragonRiderMD

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 8:38 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • here is an awesome link btw

    http://www.ameda.com/breastfeeding/started/stomach.aspx
    Stefanie83

    Answer by Stefanie83 at 8:40 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • If it wasnt enough dont you think all the breastfed babies who were born eons ago would have died of starvation?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:40 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

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