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  • @llli*southernbelle0412's Avatar
    Today, 12:16 PM
    HI! My baby is a week and a half old. At her 1 week checkup, the doctor was concerned about weight gain and jaundice. We had her levels checked, and they were high, so I was instructed to stop breastfeeding and bottle feed her with formula until the levels were stabilized. Today, the jaundice levels had gone down and her weight is up, but the doctor insists on continuing the bottle feeding until Monday for another recheck. I am beside myself. I am doing what he is saying is best for her, but I want to nurse her. I've been pumping 8-9 times a day to keep my supply. However, I am worried to death that if I can proceed with breastfeeding on Monday, that she will no longer want to latch and feed from the breast. I'm sure I'm a hormonal wreck right now, but am I worrying too much? How hard is it to relatch a newborn after interrupting the breastfeeding this early? I've heard that nipple confusion is a huge issue especially when it's this early! It will be almost a week of bottle feeding when I can go back to breastfeeding her. Help!!!! Thank you!!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 11:57 AM
    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby! Supplementation is NOT usually needed for breastfed babies. If it were, how would the human species have survived all those millennia until the first safe formulas were developed, which only happened about 120 years ago? :) The doctor's advice was pretty dodgy. When it comes to weight gain, we are looking for a baby to be back to birth weight by 2 weeks of age. Your baby has met that standard. In addition, you aren't sore or bleeding any more, you feel like baby has no difficulty in latching, and baby's poops and pees are normal. That all suggests that breastfeeding is going fine at this point, and all you need to do is to nurse baby when she cues, to nurse her when your body cues you to nurse (like when you feel like it would be convenient to have baby nurse, or when you feel the need for a cuddle or would like to put your feet up), to continue to watch her diaper output, and to make sure she nurses at least 8x per day (10-12 nursing sessions would be more typical for a baby this age). If you are still doubting yourself, see a lactation consultant, preferably one who is an IBCLC, for an in-person evaluation of breastfeeding. If your pediatrician thought something was wrong, a trip to the IBCLC is what should have been suggested instead of formula! Also, the doctor's suggestion- a bottle of formula after every nursing session- is not only bad breastfeeding advice, it's bad supplementing advice. If...
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  • @llli*elphaba's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:42 PM
    At my baby's first appointment she was 2 wks and 3 days old and weighed in a little over her birth weight (but just 1/2 oz higher) and the doctor said I should start giving her a bottle of formula or expressed breastmilk at each feeding?? I was planning to exclusively breastfeed because it's what I'm comfortable doing to bond with my baby, the first week and a half was tough: my nipples were bleeding and dry, but she had no issues latching on and ducking and then eventually it stopped hurting... the only time my baby seems unhappy and unsatisfied with feeding is between 4 am 9am she gets frustrated and pulls on my nipple unlatching and I usually switch back and forth between my breast... but other than that she poops and pees normal.. I try to change her as soon as her diaper gets dirty so she goes through about 6-8/ day... is supplementation usually needed for breastfed babies? I'm new to this and was hoping I wouldn't have to use any bottles, but now the doctor has me doubting myself.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:21 PM
    No, 12 oz is not overfeeding him. Until a year, breastmilk should be the baby's majority source of nutrition, and after 12 months you still want it to make up a lot of his nutrition. Healthiest thing he can ever eat, right? I think leaving 12 oz when you only pump 9 makes perfect sense when you consider that the pump typically does not empty the feast as well as the baby does. That is, baby may take 12 oz when he nurses but pumoing instead of nursing might yield a lesser amount.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:18 PM
    Sounds completely normal to me! :)
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:17 PM
    Keep watching the diapers very carefully, but don't worry about a single green diaper. Most likely it's a normal variation. But if you see a bunch of green diapers in a row, it may be time to reassess. Hang in there! You are doing an awesome job and we all know how hard you're working!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:15 PM
    Welcome to the forum! So interesting to hear that you have had the same issue with the "stones"- it makes me wonder if they are more common than we think? Anyway, thrush as a root cause for the stones makes perfect hypothetical sense. Yeast would cause inflammation and might even provide some sort of physical structure which would then calcify...
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  • @llli*livingtemple's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:12 PM
    @llli*mommal, thanks. Is there any way to know if the 12oz is technically overfeeding him? I guess I'm wondering because since my body is so tuned in to him at this point, I'm wondering if the reason I "only" pump 9 is because that's what he typically takes, and therefore that's what I should leave for him. Thoughts?
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