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How do i know if my milk is good for baby?

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He's almost 7 weeks old and had done fairly well breastfeeding, but in the last week he has had lots of explosive gas, has been spitting up quite a bit (looks like watered down skim milk), and he hasn't been latching as well. I gave him a pacifier last night and noticed that one side wasn't being sucked in. He's never had a problem with it before. Thoughts?

I should also add that he gets one bottle of formula a day, usually because my nipples hurt so bed from feeding all day. I have an overactive supply and and can pump 13 oz after one missed feeding.
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by on Mar. 23, 2013 at 9:01 AM
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audmom1218
by Silver Member on Mar. 23, 2013 at 11:04 AM
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It is extremely rare for moms milk to not be "good enough". Starving mothers in 3rd world countries can give their babies perfect food.

You can latch first then recline. I fined snuggling into our big recliner with me leaning back helps. Then my legs are up and her head is propped on my leg. Block feeding helped us a lot. We ended up with 8 hr blocks before it made a difference though. 8 hrs all feeds were on left, 8 hrs right. I did get a bit engorged but I started with 4 hr blocks then kept adding an hour until she seemed better. (Although I could still pump 12oz for a missed feed in under 10 min up until 13 months)
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MommyO2-6631
by Leslie on Mar. 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM
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Appearance of the milk does NOT matter. It is entirely tailored to your baby's needs. Get the tie assessed. The formula or over active let down.... or a nasty combo of the 2 is like what is causing the explosive gas. Stop the formula for 2 days and nurse in a reclined position and see if it helps.


Quoting FarmGirl2B:

Lol! I guess I was wondering if my milk was good quality. I know bm usually is, but it just seems so thin.



I haven't done the reclined nursing because it seems more difficult to get him to latch. What is block feeding?




Quoting audmom1218:

Are you human or bovine? How about baby? Human or bovine? If the answers are the same for each question your milk is good!





I would check for a tie, but I noticed my dds latch improved when the oversupply was under control. It's like she was trying to slow down the milk before. Are you block feeding and doing reclined nursing? The fussiness and spitting up make me think its mostly letdown/supply related.


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FarmGirl2B
by on Mar. 23, 2013 at 11:27 AM
I have been supplementing since birth. I was having an issue with pain meds after my section and kept falling asleep while holding him or was in too much pain to try feeding. They kept him in the nursery a lot for his safety. He's always been pretty gassy, but this week has been the worst.



Quoting MamaDee83:

Agreed. Breast milk is way more digestable for your little one, so if the formula is all of a sudden introduced, that can really upset your little one's stomach. (I know that sometimes you HAVE to, like I was in the hospital when my DD was about 6 - 7 weeks old and I was on some crazy antibiotics and pain meds for about a week, so I pumped and dumped and she got formula)

Quoting sleepymommy87:

That bottle of formula is a lot more likely to be causing gas and spit up than your milk. But the nipple pain is probably a bad latch or tie.



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tabi_cat1023
by Group Mod - Tabitha on Mar. 23, 2013 at 12:03 PM

As the gut matures and the BM is trying to form the perfect bacteria the formula is killing that bacteria and introducing bad bacteria...that can cause issues at any point


Quoting FarmGirl2B:

I have been supplementing since birth. I was having an issue with pain meds after my section and kept falling asleep while holding him or was in too much pain to try feeding. They kept him in the nursery a lot for his safety. He's always been pretty gassy, but this week has been the worst.



Quoting MamaDee83:

Agreed. Breast milk is way more digestable for your little one, so if the formula is all of a sudden introduced, that can really upset your little one's stomach. (I know that sometimes you HAVE to, like I was in the hospital when my DD was about 6 - 7 weeks old and I was on some crazy antibiotics and pain meds for about a week, so I pumped and dumped and she got formula)

Quoting sleepymommy87:

That bottle of formula is a lot more likely to be causing gas and spit up than your milk. But the nipple pain is probably a bad latch or tie.





gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Mar. 23, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Your milk is always good. ALWAYS.

I suspect that lone bottle of formula bears most of the blame for the issues you're seeing. Get the latch issues taken care of, dump the formula and I think you'll see a big change.

oliver92
by on Mar. 24, 2013 at 4:14 AM

correct the latch now, figure out from a dentist or research if its a tie issue or see an LC, otherwise you will end up giving up.  get the latch fixed, so your nipples dont hurt so bad, and dump the formula. Your bm is all baby needs, I had to stop dairy with both my boys, I dont know if that would help.

ali840
by on Mar. 24, 2013 at 12:59 PM
If you're pumping 13 oz why are you giving him formula?? Give him your milk! Has he been checked for a tie? My dr. noticed baby girls tongue tie in the hospital. We got it clipped when she was 5 weeks, it didn't cause any latch problems. STOP GIVING BABY FORMULA!!
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