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Feed The Baby: When Supplementing Saves Breastfeeding
Hi! I’m so glad you’re feeding him and that he’s feeling better. Definitely pump and try to feed him your pumped milk as much as you can (obviously superior to formula and keeps up your supply). Just do your best. A fed baby most important. BUT I would recommend trying to figure out why he’s not getting enough at the breast. I highly recommend a meeting with an IBCLC. xoxo


Feed The Baby: When Supplementing Saves Breastfeeding
Thank you for your thoughtful response. I, too, find it to be a tricky issue, and perhaps I didn’t make It clear enough just how much of a last resort formula should be (I may go back and edit, actually!). I do understand the risks of formula to the virgin gut of the newborn, as well as possible allergic reactions (and setting baby up for allergies later in life). All that said, I see lots of moms whose babies are severely underweight and it’s scary! They are usually 2-4 weeks old, and are either still losing weight or barely back to birthweight. Some of these moms are already pumping (maybe not as efficiently or as often as they should be), and donor milk is not available. Maybe in a few days time, their supply will increase or they will be able to get some breastmilk from a donor, but in some cases, the baby can’t wait. And a healthy baby will not only be a better nurser, but will give the mother a bit of relief so she can do what she needs to do to increase her supply and make breastfeeding work. And of course there are the mothers who will never be able to have a full supply, and formula saves their breastfeeding relationship. Anyway, I agree that there is a potential for my article to be misunderstood, and I have tried my best to make it clear that moms who are struggling with this issue should be seen by an IBCLC, as these cases and complex and there isn’t one answer for all moms and babies. But I do share your concerns and I thank you for your feedback!


Feed The Baby: When Supplementing Saves Breastfeeding
There are so many ways to make breastfeeding work. Thank you for sharing yours!


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