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Updated: 2017-11-23T20:03:19.805+08:00

 



marisa, I had a screaming angry newborn for weeks!...

2008-03-10T13:20:00.000+08:00

marisa,
I had a screaming angry newborn for weeks!

lisa,
I really feel sorry for my baby when I look at her newborn pictures now. They look shockingly haggard, her cheeks were sunken and her lips dry and peeling whereas she was a plump at birth. A little formulae WHEN IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY will not derail us off our breastfeeding journey not when we have set our hearts into it and try our very best.

monkeyface,
I am sorry but it was reading statements like yours that made me deny my baby of the nutrition she needed in the early days. I am talking about extreme breastfeeding difficulties as in my case not those that takes 5 days etc. It was no easier for my second baby. He only learned to latch on at exactly 2 months and 1 day. I did not feed him any formula. My pumping was more effective for the 2nd child. I could pump up to 9 ounces after working very hard at it, ie pumping every 2 to 3 hours regularly so I could feed him with pumped breast milk from a cup. I went on to breastfeed him up to 3 years old without a single bottle or spoon of formula. But with my first child it was even harder. And despite my only pumping 1/2 - 1 once each time and she couldn't latch on, I did not feed her anything else and almost starved her. That is a very dangerous thing to do. I am talking about WHEN IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY, then you need to give a little formula and not beat yourself up over it or think that that is the end of your breastfeeding journey. So long as you don't give up you will succeed eventually as I did with my second baby. I tried many tools and tricks too as taught to me by my lactation consultant but they did not work. Eventually, it was the LC (who was also a paed) who was very passionate about breastfeeding who suggested to me to give her some formula but I resisted for a long time. I don't think she would have suggested it to me if she didn't think it was necessary.

marisa again,
It is funny isn't it, what seems like a perfectly natural thing in the world could feel so unnatural and difficult until you get it right.



In my case, I had a midwife, a lactation consultan...

2008-03-09T06:19:00.000+08:00

In my case, I had a midwife, a lactation consultant and the local LLL leader giving me advice, and still no milk for FIVE DAYS!! argh. Sometimes all the advice in the world isn't enough.



If baby is not getting enough or has a poor latch,...

2008-03-08T12:27:00.000+08:00

If baby is not getting enough or has a poor latch, try asking a lactation consultant for assistance within the first 4 days. There are all sorts of tools and tricks for the newborn. Often a "little bit of formula" can really decrease supply, because baby isn't as hungry and doesn't stimulate milk supply.

The amount you pump is vastly different than the amount a baby gets, due to the different action a baby's mouth has upon the nipple (as compared to a pump). I had a milk oversupply, but never could get much milk out by electric pump.



Right on! :-)

2008-03-08T10:08:00.000+08:00

Right on! :-)



My son lost two pounds in five days after birth be...

2008-03-01T03:16:00.000+08:00

My son lost two pounds in five days after birth because my milk did not come in. I, also, refused to use formula or water, and I had a screaming, angry newborn for five days. Thank you for your reassurance that next time can be different.



health freak mommy,Haha. Yes, each time is differe...

2008-02-29T09:05:00.000+08:00

health freak mommy,
Haha. Yes, each time is different and you wonder how it will go. Good luck to you.



Thanks for the reminder. It's like a 'refresher' n...

2008-02-28T23:31:00.000+08:00

Thanks for the reminder. It's like a 'refresher' note to me since I will be breastfeeding again in just 1.5 months' time.