question about formula unfortunately

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question about formula unfortunately
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Wed, 05-25-2011 - 10:16am

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Wed, 05-25-2011 - 12:00pm

I'm sorry you're struggling!

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Registered: 10-28-2009
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 1:09pm

thanks for the suggestion ! my pediatrician called back and said she prefers not to use soy as well so i guess well be trying one of those... always keeping us on our toes arent they !

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Registered: 05-11-2008
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 7:31pm

We had to use Nutramigen with our little guy. It's crazy expensive but I could definitely tell a difference.

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Wed, 05-25-2011 - 9:44pm
I'm sorry you're struggling! If you'd like to get baby back to breast, I'd suggest checking out resources at kellymom (I'm on my nook, so I can't give links, but search on 'strike' or 'back to breast'). Also, the Breastfeeding/LC board here. And IRL, consider calling an LC, or a LLL leader. (sorry if this is redundant)

For the pumping discomfort, the 2 main reasons for pain are suction too high and flange size is wrong. Changing flanges may help. I switched to the angled flanges - pumpin pals - love them. You could also try lubing them with olive oil. And lower suction strength if you can.

Have you tried any galactogogues? Kellymom has good info. You can also google bf cookies ... usually they have oatmeal, brewers yeast,etc.

Ultimately I think you'll have the best success if you can get baby back to breast, but if that doesn't happen, you may be able to get a little more output with galactogogues, periodic power pumping, etc. And you can definitely get things more comfortable, which may also help output.

Good luck!

 


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Registered: 10-28-2009
Thu, 05-26-2011 - 9:35pm

spencer believe me Ive wanted nothing more than to get her back on the breast its been progressively getting worse since she was 5 months old (ive seen LC's and checked out kelley mom per the lactation board and nothings worked) the nipple shields didnt help. i was at least able to get her to nurse first thing in the am, right before bed and over night but shes even started refusing then and it was a fight with lots of screaming and no sleep. her pediatrician calls her "spirited". as for now im only having to supplement with about an ounce a day in her night time bottle other wise im keeping up with pumping... who knew she went from wanting 3-4 oz before bed to wanting 5-6.. this is not how i wanted it to go not in the least and of course now im trying to cope with this failure as well but at least were not both up crying at 3am i guess. words cant say how grateful i am for your response and thought ! I also hope youre feeling well, youve been in my thoughts

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Fri, 05-27-2011 - 3:35pm
Again, I'm sorry you're struggling so much. EPing is a tough job, and I commend you for doing so much. It is NOT a failure for you to have to supplement a little there. Think of all the good breastmilk you're giving her!!!

How are you feeling with the pumping? Were you able to get a little more comfortable? That's really important when you have to be pumping so much.

((((((hugs)))))) and I hope you have a relaxing weekend :)

 


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Fri, 05-27-2011 - 6:27pm
Sorry to hear that you are suddenly having some troubles. Have you checked out the IV EP board? I'm an EP'r and could not be keeping this up without the info on that board! There is a long post for newbies with some great info.

Are your horns the right size? The standard size is not always the best size. Your nips should not rub on the side of the horns. Use olive oil to lube the horns. I find this workd better than lanolin and it is not harmful if a bit gets in the milk. Try turning your suction down as well if you think that may be causing the damage. You really shouldn't be having cracked & bleeding nipples from pumping. Maybe a little sore at first, but nothing more.
Hope you get the formula thing worked out. I mix, but my baby will take formula alone no problem. I have heard that mixing is best for picky babies!
Also, you may be able to get your supply up if you power pump. Power pumping simulates cluster feeding. So pump 10 min, off 10 min, on 10 min....for one hour. I know, as if we have the time for this!! Pumping is high maintenance, but worth it! I also find that oatmeal really increases my supply. It must not be instant, but the old fashioned oats that you boild for five minutes.

Good luck!
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Mon, 06-13-2011 - 8:23am
My boys were on nutramigen for a time and it was great stuff, other than the fact that it (seriously) smells like vomit, so keep your face away from the burps :) After a few months we were able to transition them to a goodstart soy *which is the only soy formula that is "broken down" much in the same way as nutramigen. They are 10 months and have made it all the way to normal milk based formula, many babies just need some time.
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