My daughter is almost four weeks old, and after the doctor visit and a hospital visit, we ended up having to switch to formula. I tried breastfeeding up until now, but her little body was rejecting my milk and she was losing weight. The pediatrician first wanted to try rice cereal, but I can't pump enough to exclusively bottlefeed my milk. So, formula.
Luckily, Similac sent me formula in the mail during my pregnancy and we kept it. Thanks to a friend's recommendation, we started her on the Sensitive formula last night and immediately, no spit-up. Previously, on my milk, the spit up was CONSTANT, in excessive amounts, and full of acid. She would scream for hours because of it. Once we gave her the formula last night, she immediately calmed down and even slept through the entire night. She's taken three bottles since, and has continued to do well. So, I have two questions for you ladies:
1) Is it normal that she's a little constipated? I know her body is adjusting to new stuff, but I want to make sure it's normal and if so, if I can fix/help it. It's only been a day, so I don't expect immediate peaceful transition.
2) How do I let my breastmilk go dry without massive pain or mastitis? I was producing enough to feed her by breast, but not nearly enough by pump (believe me, I tried), so I don't have a small enough of a supply for it to have less risk of infection. I'm currently engorged, since I haven't given her milk in 24 hours. Ouch.
Please note that making the switch to formula was extremely hard for me to cope with, and involved a lot of tears and guilt, but we do believe this is the best for our little one. I tried talking about it in another forum and was told I'm not trying hard enough or really doing everything I can for my daughter, and that really stung and only made me cry even more. Formula was not in the plans, and I would genuinely appreciate real feedback instead of guilt. Thanks, all. :)