Combination Feeding Low Milk Supply

by Christine

My first son had tongue tie when he was born and he became dehydrated at 3 days old and had to be put on a drip and in the special care nursery.

I had to use nipple shields with him but was able to breast feed him a little bit. I mixed fed him until 6 months old, but that whole time I was trying to constantly build up my milk supply, expressing after every feed and in between when i could. I thought my supply had never established because of the tongue tie and nipple shields.I was never able to exclusively breast feed.

My second son who is now 6 weeks old did not have tongue tie and i thought everything was going well with breast feeding until his 2 week weigh in and he had lost considerable amount of weight.

He lost more weight two days later when he was weighed again and i was gutted. I am again mix feeding him and have had a lactation consultant out who says he is attaching well, I was feeding him every two hours and supplemented with only a small amount of formula but I had to deal with a hungry baby all day and a toddler who wanted attention!

I am now feeding him mostly formula and breastfeeding him when he will attach. I am trying to come to term with the fact that i am just one of those people who cant breastfeed but it is difficult.

Yesterday i told my husband i would stop, and have all the support from him, yet today again i am pumping, thinking maybe just a few more days. It is hard when everyone says breastfeeding is natural yet you just cant do it.

My toddler is very happy and healthy so i know formula does not impact on them. Its good to see other people have the same problem and breastfeeding isn't possible for everyone.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Invitation 2.