Yikes, Is my baby in danger?

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Registered: 05-23-2003
Yikes, Is my baby in danger?
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Wed, 05-28-2003 - 10:07pm
I have a one month old baby today. I have just started switching her over to formula. I have been reading through these posts and some things have caught my eye. I'm going back to work and it will be easier if my baby is on formula. It is to hard to pump at work, and there really isn't a place to do it. I have gotten some wonderful advice from some other boards, but no one said anything about illneses that she could get. I breastfeed my son till he was five months old. Stoped because he cut two teeth. He never got sick or anything like that. If I stop her early is she going to be at a higher risk to get Croupe and things like that? I was feeling quilty about starting with formula so early, but now I feel like I need to stop. Can anyone put my mind at ease?

Trish

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Wed, 05-28-2003 - 10:18pm
Welcome, Trish.

Personally, if there was anyway to continue to bf.....I would. Regardless of the risks imagined or real regarding formula. It is something I very much enjoyed.

Formula is perfectly safe. I can't answer whether or not your baby will get sick because of drinking formula.....noone can. PED's will tell you what the trend is, and that is formula fed children tend to get sick more often. It doesn't mean your will. It doesn't mean yours won't. But, formula fed babies are more often seen in the DR's office than a bf one.

I ff'd both my children. One from 7 weeks on and the other from 2 weeks on. One had ear infections(the one who was bf longer) from 2 weeks of age till tubes were placed at 12mo. The other never had a single ear infection. Neither had a single cold within their first year, but one did develop RSV(my preemie) at 4mo of age. Anecdotal evidence.....probably. BUT, IMO formula is a perfectly acceptable alternative to bm. I have used it on my own children in the past and have no problems using it on a child in the future.


Good Luck to you,

christine


~christine~

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 05-28-2003 - 10:48pm
Breastmilk is the ideal food for your baby. Breastmilk helps your child to stay healthy because it has antibodies that help to fight disease. It's the single best food for your baby.

What is your work situation like? Could you talk to your boss about pumping at work? Perhaps there is an empty office or somewhere for you to go? If you absolutely can't pump at work, you can feed formula during the day and still breastfeed in the morning, at night, and on the weekends. Some breastmilk is better than no breastmilk.

Good luck with everything!

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Wed, 05-28-2003 - 11:04pm
I was just going to suggest the same thing. If pumping doesn't work for you, you could still BF in the morning and evening. The BM will still benefit your baby.

-Deb

 

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Registered: 05-23-2003
Wed, 05-28-2003 - 11:20pm
I think I should of included this in the original post.

Ok here is the deal. I'm a first assistant manager at McDonald's. When I'm there I need to be on the floor. Yes, my boss and other managers understand about having to pump, but its hard to manage the floor from the bathroom when your the only manager there. I hated having to pump in the bathroom with my son, and I'll have to do it with my daughter. I'm not saying our bathroom is dirty, but it just grosses me out to have to pump in a stall. I don't know if I'm more worried about the breastfeeding, or feel bad because I'm not going as long as I did with my son. I feel like I'm not giving her the same (chances?) as my son. Its hard to ask people advice about breastfeeding. Its like your da**ed if you do and da**ed if you don't. I know there are pro's and con's, but I'm having a hard time making myself feel good about my decision. To tell you the truth, it was such a relief when my son cut those two teeth. I stoped breastfeeding and felt fine, but at the same time I was working at McDonald's then too, and I couldn't keep up my milk. Those two teeth just popped up at the right time.

Trish

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 05-28-2003 - 11:49pm
Have you thought of partial weaning? Are you interested in learning about working and pumping?

This is a debate board and you'll get information here, but not necessarily unbiased. You may want to ask at the bf support board, too.

Here are some links


http://www.kellymom.com/bf/weaning/how_weaning_happens.html#working

http://www.kellymom.com/links/bf-links-pumping.html


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Registered: 03-25-2003
Thu, 05-29-2003 - 9:04am
to put your mind at ease with your decision would be to ignore the truth and the truth is breastmilk is what your child was made to drink. Pumping at work must be do-able, and they must allow you time to do so legally. Some of the consequences of formula feeding aren't noticed right away or ever. How could you know that your child's iq could be 10% less by formula feeding? Or that they may suffer gastric problems or high blood pressure later in life? It's easy to blame these "problems" on other things later on then to blame formula.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 05-29-2003 - 8:12pm
I have to agree with you, I wouldn't want to pump in a stall myself. Can you pump in your car? There are some pumps that plug into the cigarrette lighter.

Perhaps it would help if you set a goal, such as bf for six months. I find that it helps to know I don't have to do something forever, if it is something difficult.

If the pumping doesn't work out, I would do as the others suggested and try bf'ing at home and using formula at work.

Good luck!

Sherry

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Registered: 05-23-2003
Thu, 05-29-2003 - 8:26pm
Thanks Sherry. My friend suggested pumping in the car too, but are store is right in the middle of everything so that is kinda out of the question.. I talked with the doctor today at my daughters check up. I am feeling alot better about the whole thing.

Trish

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Registered: 04-17-2003
Thu, 05-29-2003 - 8:30pm
I'm sure your baby will be fine; yes, statistically there's a small advantage for babies that are breastfed when it comes to coping with illness, but that doesn't have so much impact on the individual. Many formula fed babies are healthier than many breastfed babies when you look at it on an individual level. Its mostly down to your baby's constitution and the parent's devotion to their baby's needs that makes a difference, IMO.

Formula milk does not make babies ill. It causes babies to thrive, and gives them all the nutrition they need.

If you want the reassurance of your baby having breastmilk a bit longer you could try a couple of approaches. My neice had formula while at childcare and was breastfed while with her mum. This worked wonderfully well and she was successfully breastfed until her 2nd birthday. Her mum didn't pump and although she got engorged to begin with she soon started producing the right ammount of milk and was comfortable at work.

Otherwise you could keep trying with the punping. It never suited me but then I never persevered. Many mums find it not to be a problem at all. If you could find the number for a breastfeeding councillor you'd get lots of helpful advice. There are breastfeeding support boards at i-village too. And don't forget your health care providor. I don't know if you have health visitors in the USA. We do here in the UK. They are trained nurses who you can contact any time you want if you have a young child. They monitor your child's growth and development and can be a great help with this kind of thing.

So it may be that continuing to breastfeed is an option. If not, don't feel guilty, because formula is good stuff for babies too!

Love

Jenny

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Registered: 03-29-2003
Thu, 05-29-2003 - 10:05pm
This post is right on the mark. Well said.

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