Which formula is the closest to breast milk?

i don't have the ability to breastfeed my baby properly i can only seem to do it on one side and i have been told to go to formula tho i still pump the one breast and try to stimulate the other i don't know what kind of formula to go to for my baby...

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zeallee

Asked by zeallee at 5:49 PM on Jun. 23, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I have been using good start natural cultures since i stopped breastfeeding, but don't stop breastfeeding if YOU don't want to, as long as your son is gaining weight and having enough wet diapers there is no need to supplement, but i know that when i was breastfeeding it was so stressful because he had so much trouble latching and i would just get so frustrated, I wanted to formula feed, and that does not make me a bad mom, nor would it make you a bad mom, sure breast milk is best, but if it's causing you to stress then that is not good and you will develop a much better relationship with you son when you are not stressing out over breastfeeding, so yes you can continue to breastfeed, but if you chose to switch to formula, then that is the right choice for you, but don't stop because someone else wants you to, and don't continue to breastfeed because someone else wants you to.
    Rachel1786

    Answer by Rachel1786 at 10:11 AM on Jun. 24, 2008

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  • I know the answer for you - GOOD START! That is the formula my baby is on. It is closest to the breast milk. My Dr suggested it. It seems to really work too
    Mommy.to.be

    Answer by Mommy.to.be at 6:24 PM on Jun. 23, 2008

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  • good start soy..closest thing to breast milk there is. that's what my doc. suggested and it's worked great for my little boy!
    LoHgAnS_Mommi

    Answer by LoHgAnS_Mommi at 6:30 PM on Jun. 23, 2008

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  • NO FORMULA compares to BREASTMILK! Keep working that other breast! Your baby will learn to take it and love it! My lil girl did the same thing. Only wanted the left side for awhile. I would latch her on to the left for 5-10 min then switch her to the right, whether she was done with the left or not. Let her nurse on the right till it was empty or she was full. 15-20 minutes usually after milk let down. When they have a favorite, they don't want to wait for the let down on the other side, they get fidgety and fussy. You have to just keep working that "bad" side! GOOD LUCK! Don't go to formula! You can do it!
    logunsmommy

    Answer by logunsmommy at 6:40 PM on Jun. 23, 2008

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  • Even if only one breast produces milk, you can successfully breastfeed! (Think about how twins are breastfed). There is unfortunately no formula that even comes close to breastmilk (breastmilk has over 400 natural and organic components including stem cells and antibodies .... formula has about 40 man-made ingredients). Get in touch with La Leche League for some more information and support (www.llli.org), and check out www.kellymom.com for even more info. Also, feel free to join the group "Breastfeeding" where you can ask any questions you have.
    mandawest

    Answer by mandawest at 6:43 PM on Jun. 23, 2008

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  • You can STILL sucessfully breastfeed!!! You NEED to see a lactation consultant ASAP. Unfortuantly doctors don't know much about breastfeeding because they only spend 1 hour in medical school learning about it. NO FORMULA COMPARES TO BREASTMILK. There is not a formula that that even comes close to breastmilk so there isn't a spacific formula that should be used for breastfed babies.

    Your baby probably favors one side over the other. Many babies do so you should start breastfeeding her on the fav side and then switch her to the other side after the milk lets down. IF for any reason you can only breastfeed on that one side don't worry. That one side will make plenty of milk for the baby. Contact an LC, LLL, and come visit my group Breastfeeding Moms Against Formula (other than for medical reasons) for more info and support.
    miasmommy21407

    Answer by miasmommy21407 at 6:59 PM on Jun. 23, 2008

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  • I just wanted to add that if for any reason you HAVE to supplement you can get donor milk through the Sharemilk group here on cafemom and from www.milkshare.com The WHO says that donated milk is the 3rd best thing you can give your baby and formula is the 4th.

    Also if for any reason you do use formula, soy formula should only be used when there is no other options because even though all formulas are dangers soy formula has added dangers, especially in little boys. GOOD LUCK
    miasmommy21407

    Answer by miasmommy21407 at 7:03 PM on Jun. 23, 2008

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  • Formula, which is routinely made from either cow's milk protein or soy, is not even remotely close to breastmilk.

    You CAN successfully breastfeed, even if it is with one side only..hang in there! Meeting with a La Leche League Leader or lactation consultant can help resolve the issues.

    Not only are there wonderful benefits to breastmilk, but also there are significant risks with infants who do not receive breastmilk and are introducted to formula.

    www.llli.org and www.kellymom.com are great resources, as mandawest stated!
    catholicmamamia

    Answer by catholicmamamia at 7:40 PM on Jun. 23, 2008

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  • Now, remember this when you hear the formula companies boosting that
    their formula is closer to breast milk: (take a step) Now, I am one step
    closer to China, no where near china, but “closer”. -Laurie Haessly, MA, RD, IBCLC
    Breastfeeding Coordinator
    County of Riverside, Department of Nutrition Services
    Quayla

    Answer by Quayla at 2:24 AM on Jun. 24, 2008

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  • Of course you can feed your baby with just one breast, that's essentialy how moms of twins do it. Don't let anyone tell you that you aren't capable of providing the best food for your baby. If you just WANT to formula feed, does it really matter what you pick? You will just have to find the formula that her body rejects the least. What works for one baby might not work for another; that's why there are so many choices. More importantly before you make the choice of what kind of formula to use have you really execepted that the breast really isn't best?
    Quayla

    Answer by Quayla at 2:34 AM on Jun. 24, 2008

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