Feeding Baby Part 1 – Breastfeeding and bottles

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When my son was born, we had a lot of trouble with him latching in the hospital to breastfeed. I tried multiple times with no luck. Each time, it seemed like my son and I would get more and more frustrated. I had heard how important breast milk is for baby and also how challenging breastfeeding could be. Some of my friends had a very easy time – just stick baby on the breast and they latched right now and ate. Some of my other friends tried and tried and still were not able to get it to work.

My husband and I had had a couple discussions before my son was born about this. My husband was very supportive of whatever I wanted to do. We agreed that I would try breastfeeding and if it was not working out, I would pump and supplement with formula. So, I did a ton of research and found what I thought was going to be the best formula, Enfamil Enspire. I bought one container to have when we got home from the hospital just in case we needed to supplement formula. Turns out that is what I ended up doing.

I felt so incredibly frustrated and discouraged that I was not able to breastfeed my son. I felt like I was failing as a Mom and it was only a few days in. I told the hospital that I wanted to pump and they provided me everything I needed to pump. They also provided us with tiny 2 oz ready made formula bottles.

Initially in the hospital, they were giving us bottles of Enfamil Newborn. We found that this was making our son really gasy and uncomfortable. So, the Pediatrician told the hospital they could switch us to Enfamil Gentlease. Our son did better with this but still not great. Once we got home, we started using Enfamil Enspire. All my research had shown that this was the best of the best formula. It had so many great and beneficial nutrients in it. This one made my son the MOST gasy and uncomfortable. Come to find out many months later, that it could have been this gasiness that was causing his colic symptoms. We were able to get him some relief for his gasiness by using these gas drops. We also found out many months later that our son, did in fact, have an allergy to milk (I will post more about that experience in a later post).

After taking him to the hospital one night because he was not eating, we ended up switching finally to Similac Alimentum Hypoallergenic Formula. This one smelled HORRIBLE but it was the best one for our son. Within a day of switching him to this, his discomfort went totally away!

I was pumping throughout the day and we were able to switch off every other bottle – breast milk and then formula. We did that for the first few months and they we had just 2 breast milk bottles a day. By the 5th month, I wasn’t making enough breast milk to make one full bottle, so i stopped pumping at that point. We did just formula until he turned 1 and then we were on to milk.

Check out the next post in the Feeding Baby Series – Introducing Solids

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