Re: baby is 4 weeks strictly formula fed but want to breastf
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If you want to breastfeed, you certainly can. Start trying to get your baby back to the breast by using the tips in this link: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/back-to-breast/. Meanwhile, pump frequently using a good double electric pump with correctly sized shields. The ideal would be to use a hospital-grade pump, and to pump 10-20 minutes per side at least 8 times per day, including one pump session overnight. If you cannot manage that level of work, that's okay- every little but of stimulation to and milk removal from the breast will help you produce more milk.
The other thing you want to do is to check the safety of the medication your doctor wants to give you. It is very common for doctors to not know the safety profile of a particular drug and to recommend that a mom not nurse when she actually could. So get the exact name of the drug and then contact the Infant Risk Center: http://www.infantrisk.com. They can give you accurate information on medication safety.
It sounds like you do not want to take the medication your doc has suggested, and that is always an option. You do not have to do everything your doctor says. If you don't like a particular medication you can not take it, you can request an alternative, and you can get a second opinion. Just discuss with your doctor or with a different doctor the potential effects of not taking the medication- if you don't, what happens? Once you have the information you need, you can decide whether or not pursuing nursing is a bad idea, or not.
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