Why did you switch?

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Why did you switch?
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Fri, 10-24-2003 - 8:05pm
I'm honestly just curious. I don't want this to become an accusatory/defensive thread. This is addressed to women who started out nursing then switched to formula at some point. At what point did you switch and why. ( I know I seriously considered it when my son was 2 wks old and I had bleeding cracked nipples. I stuck it out..but would totally understand why someone would quit under such circumstances).

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Fri, 10-24-2003 - 8:14pm

I was never able to get DS to latch on, so I pumped for the first three weeks (turns out I have flat nipples, and that was causing the latching troubles). Anyway, I really enjoyed using the pump. It was very effective, and I was able to get a lot of milk in a very short time. We supplemented with formula in the evenings, and DS got pumped bottles during the day. The whole situation seemed to be working out great.


Then, when he was 3 weeks old, I came down with a terrible case of mastitis. Honestly, the pain was so much worse than my C-section had been, it was unbelievable. I had a fever of 104, and wound up in the hospital on IV antibiotics for 4 days. Being away from my DS was so awful, and when my doctor told me that there was a chance the mastitis could come back (as some women are prone to it), I decided I was done. I just didn't want to chance being away from my DS again, and I knew that he was tolerating his formula fine. So, we switched over to formula completely, and I've never regretted the decision. DS thrived wonderfully on it, and I would not hesitate to choose it again if BFing didn't work out.

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Fri, 10-24-2003 - 11:08pm

With my oldest she was getting supplemented from the start. Actully she started out on formula do to me have a c/s and the meds I ws on and her being tiny and the hospital thinking abottle was best and me not researching things enough and standing up for us. I was told just give her a bottle till your milk comes in. Thinsg will get easier then! Haa what a bunch of crap! I rented a hospital grade pump and was tryingtog et her to nurse and when it didn't work I would pump nd give her what milk I could get out. I was so stressed out thou I wasnt geting all she needed so she was getting formula. She was getting no milk from me even thou I tried. I went to a LLL and she was horrible! Acted like what I was doing was wrong. i got fustrated with not making enough milk and finally stopped pumping and went to formula all the time.


With my 2nd child again I had a c/s and couldn't nurse for over 24 hours after he was born due to the meds i was given and it was so long I went with a bottle again. We struggled but he would latch on and get milk from me. He was getting most of his milk from me and get very few bottles. When he was 3 weeks old he was admitted to the hospital with RSV and the dr said the only thing I could do for him was nurse, nurse and nurse. So that is what i did. I was even able to pump some extra out for the very first time so I could run home and shower. He didnt drink it while I was gone. He got only milk from me for a few weeks but was getting up so often to eat int he night and I was so tired and had no clue that co sleeping would have helped us (he may not have co slept at that age anyways) that he was given formula at night. At 4 months he gave up mommy's milk all together.



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Fri, 10-24-2003 - 11:29pm

Here is my totally honest answer---no judgements please.


I nursed my ds for 9 weeks.

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Fri, 10-24-2003 - 11:45pm
i had two of my children csec and w/ my first i was so out of it i didn't get to nurse her until the morning, w/ my last csec i made sure they didn't give me the sleep med and i nursed him as soon as i was out of the or,, the dr said the meds were not going to affect the baby,, w/ both my vbacs i nursed even before they were all the way cleaned up

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Sat, 10-25-2003 - 12:29am
with my first she was tiny and taken to the NICU to spend the night (was born around 8 pm). I couldn't leave my room to go nurse her. I didnt know to fight the bottle. Plus I had GD and was told she had to have a bottle of sugar water. With my 2nd c/s I was put on magnisum sulfate over my blood pressure and had to be off of it for 24 hours before I could nurse. Ds was 36 hours old before we were able to try and nurse for the first time and the LC was of no help at all!! My vbacs were so complelty different but I also delivered at full term, had no problems witht he pregnacy and had no reason I couldnt nurse right away.



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Sat, 10-25-2003 - 10:58pm
Almost identical to my story except that I didn't wind up in the hospital w/my mastitis...I did have the 104 fever and wound up on the couch for several days w/my mom taking care of me AND DS b/c I was in no shape to. And also being told I would probably get mastitis again b/c the pump doesn't empty you as effectively as a baby (and DS just wasn't latching...)

I'll try again w/the next one and make sure I've got an LC lined up for a few home visits...

Christi

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Sun, 10-26-2003 - 7:29am
My older DS (now 3) nursed until he was 6 months. Then he went on a overnight complete nursing strike and also refused his pacifier because he was cutting his first tooth. I took it as he was self-weaning and just switched to formula instead of waiting it out. I had been having supply problems and he had been getting one supplemental bottle a day while I was at work for a week or two then anyway.

Brook

Mom to Alex (3 1/3, nursed 5 months) and Griffin (16 months, nursed 14 months)

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Sun, 10-26-2003 - 10:31am
I switched after trying to nurse for six weeks, and not once successfully latching her on. I figured it would never work at that point.
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Sun, 10-26-2003 - 10:57am
Mastitis SUCKS! It was one of the many reasons I weaned ds #1 (family pressure was the main reason since he was 15 mos old). Luckily for me, the first time I had it, I knew what it was (had been warned about it and had been watching for it the whole year I was nursing! LOL! Am I paranoid?). I was at work and my left breast started to hurt. I felt a little achey and went to the nurse's station and had my temp taken. It was only around 99.5 or 100. I went home immediately to try and find a doctor who'd see me ( for some reason in Chicago most doctors won't see you if you don't have insurance, even if you're willing to pay up front). It was up to 102 by the time I saw the doc. So I got on oral antibiotics just in time. The nurse who saw me said if I'd waited just another 2 hours I'd have been in the ER on IV antibiotics. It spreads quickly I guess. I had it 2 more times before weaning. I did have a sore on my nipple that would not heal. Knowing what I know now, I'm pretty sure I had a staph infection in my left nipple and that's what kept causing the mastitis. But none of the doctors I saw knew much about it. In fact, the third one didn't even know what was wrong with me. I had to explain to him exactly what mastitis was. And then he asked how it had been treated the last time and put me on the same antibiotic. I should have been put on something stronger since it was a recurring case, but ah, you live and learn.

Wendy

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Sun, 10-26-2003 - 2:08pm
With my first I started supplementing with formula at 2 or 3 months and at eight months I just wanted my body back. With my second I breastfed for almost 12 months and then I again wanted my body back.

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