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Giving formula while waiting for milk to come in

  1. autumnlove

    hostess / wonderful watermelon / 39513 posts

    @Freckles: yes, I was nursing, nursing with sns and pumping around the clock until my milk came in. I never saw any colostrum.

  2. Freckles

    honeydew / 7444 posts

    @regberadaisy: @Charm 54: @keepcalmcarrie: Thank you, I'm so glad you shared your experiences - i think we feel so pressured to "do things right" from the beginning as FTMs that we feel like we can't push back on the nurses/LCs/doctors. When i look back, i'm so embarrassed at how opposed i was to giving her formula. A bottle of formula here and there didn't end up causing nipple confusion with my LO either (though i realize it is something that happens to some babies).

  3. LemonLong

    pear / 1698 posts

    My milk came in much faster with #2.

    Both my babies were IUGR, the first left the hospital at 4 lbs 11 oz and no one ever brought up supplementing. My second left the hospital at 5 lbs 2 oz, but the nurses did ask us to give one bottle of formula at the hospital because she was only 37 weeks and her bilirubin was high, but that was the only formula she had. You know your child best, but you might be surprised how your second does without needing supplementation.

  4. cookiemomster

    kiwi / 714 posts

    @Freckles: my milk never came in. I have an issue with my milk ducts that caused me to just not produce- pumping every two hours, hand expressing, and her nursing never reaulted in more than 10ml. While she was in for the jaundice they did weighted feeds and at one point she actually lost weight after a feeding. The first ten days of her life were easily the hardest of my entire life, in large part because LCs who "meant well" gave me awful, misinformed, and just plain incorrect advice. Formula is the best thing that ever happened to us.

  5. Mrs. High Heels

    blogger / eggplant / 11551 posts

    @Freckles: our pediatrician wasn't too worried about J because his levels were always borderline. he said it was because of breastmilk jaundice, but it was no reason to stop nursing him. it's really interesting reading these comments because with my experience with noelle - my hospital wanted to push formula on me as the first line of defense for jaundice without even giving me a chance to try other methods. i had to fight tooth and nail to pump and try only breastmilk first.

    like you, i did feel pressure to "do things right" as a first time mom... but i guess because noelle always had a strong latch from the getgo, and didnt end up dehydrated.. i felt like we made the right choice by advocating for ourselves and countering the ped and nurses' recommendations to jump straight to formula. my colostrum was enough for her. do what feels right in your heart - every baby is so different - and as a second time mom, you're going to have a natural confidence that you didn't have with your first! i hope everything works out smoothly for you the second time around. the experience was a nightmare with noelle, but with jaren... it was smooth sailing even though both were diagnosed with jaundice.


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