I have a 2 day old baby who was born right at 37 weeks and because he was only 5.5 at birth and 5.1 now they are having me supplement until my milk comes in. I nurse him on demand and then twice a day after nursing when he seems really hungry I give him formula.
Any tips on how to keep him interested in the breast while we have to use the bottle? He has a great latch, but I'm worried he'll get lazy.
I gave my son formula for the first few days to flush out the jaundice that he had. I would nurse him and give him a bottle after each feeding. They do usually prefer breastmilk over formula. Tastes better and is sweeter!
Congratulations on your new arrival! :) I want to tell you first off that I do not think formula is "the devil" haha but I if you could pump or hand express with each feeding of formula, it will help you estabish a better milk supply and help your milk come in faster. I am really glad your baby has a great latch. To be on the safe side, if you continue to use formula, I would offer it from a cup or a spoon. This will prevent nipple confusion or laziness at the breast. If it's not happening now, we don't want to leave the door open and invite in a problem. I see this happen a lot with mothers who say "I dont understand, he was latching great." Babies sometimes develop a preference to a bottle... why not? It's easier and babies are sleepy little things. They may take the easier route and want a bottle since they do not have to work hard as they do at the breast (especially before milk comes in).
My first was born tiny at 4 lbs 13 oz, so the hospital made me give her a bottle. I didn't know any better so I allowed it. We never nursed- i ended up having to pump. However, she had many coordination issues, so she wouldn't have been able to nurse anyways.
My second was jaundiced, so the doctors wanted me to supplement. I had more info and a strong LC on my side this time. the LC taught my hubby how to finger feed and gave us the feeders (they should have them in the nursery). So, I would nurse, and only after I nursed, we offered a little through the finger feeder. It worked well. The nurse tried to tell us that the finger feeder takes too long, blah blah blah. It didn't. I think it's just a hassle for them. But we took care of ALL the feedings in the hospital, so it didn't effect them anyways.
Ooooo good suggestion. I also used an SNS to finger feed. Well, my husband did while I was gone at work since I had returned one week PP. Finger, cup, and spoon feeding does not interfere w/ breastfeeding according to LLLI.
my baby had jaudice on day 2 was barely peeing or pooping... we ended up haing to supplement, which really worried me =(
we basically had her take the breast first eery time and if afterwards she was still giving cues we gave her 20 ml of formula.. day 2 we did this twice.. day 3 we did once after that milk came in and she was golden.. definitely important to put them on the breast as much as possible in the early days een if its brief
i know this post is old but i thought i would add to it in case someone else goes through it
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