My son is 5 weeks now, he wont latch on so I have to pump to feed him and my breast milk isn't coming in very well... I can only get about 2.5 oz total from both sides. I'm taking Fenugreek to help my milk come in better but it hasn't kicked in yet... in the mean time I can't exactly let my child starve :( I've heard from a few other moms that it's okay to use both... to give him my milk and fill him up the rest of the way with formula, but my husband thinks it's going to mess with his stomach. What do you think? And if I can use formula what is the your opinion on the best kind of formula?
Answer by Krysta622 at 6:00 PM on Mar. 3, 2010
You can use both. I did that with my twins for a while because I could never pump quite enough to feed both of them. Be aware that when you supplement with formula it is even harder to get your supply up since it is not mandatory (I'm not saying don't do it - just try to limit the formula as much as possible). Giving breast milk first is a good idea because you will waste less that way. I actually mixed the formula and the breast milk together because I needed to save time any way I could with two babies. One of my twins did spit up a lot when on breast milk and formula combined, but the other did fine. the pediatrician said it was normal to see some extra spit up when you use both methods. I eventually went entirely to formula, and spit up decreased at that point. To help you best stay on track with breastfeeding make an appointment with a lactation consultant. GL!
Answer by Anonymous at 6:06 PM on Mar. 3, 2010
Answer by Beanzy22 at 6:08 PM on Mar. 3, 2010
Answer by Krysta622 at 6:24 PM on Mar. 3, 2010
Answer by missanc at 6:45 PM on Mar. 3, 2010
Answer by Krysta622 at 7:06 PM on Mar. 3, 2010
Get help with your latch asap! PUmping exclusively can be done but is hard work and must be done properly. Consult with your local LLL and also http://www.kellymom.com/ and http://www.drjacknewman.com/ and also join the breastfeeding moms group for help.
Remember that every formula bottle you give it will eat into your supply and you are having issues already.
Answer by amileegirl at 8:04 PM on Mar. 3, 2010
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