Feeding Little B

We all have an idea of how we want to feed our little one when they arrive.  Some plan to immediately breastfeed and some plan to formula feed.  Before Little B’s arrival, I wanted to do my best to breastfeed.  If I couldn’t breastfeed, then I could at least say I gave it a shot.

After he was born, I was concerned that he wasn’t getting enough breast milk.  Once home from the hospital, I pumped to see exactly what he was getting, and it was less than 0.25 oz.  My mother immediately went to the store and we began Little B on Enfamil Newborn until my milk could come in.

I continued pumping, but the most I ever produced in one sitting was 2.5 oz. You may be thinking this is a lot for a newborn, but at the time, Little B was already taking more than that every 2 hours.  I was discouraged because I wanted to give him the most breast milk I could offer for the amazing benefits it gives him.  My supply slowly decreased until I was pumping barely enough to cover the bottom of a bottle.  I tried everything:

  1. Increased water intake
  2. Mother’s Milk Tea:  Hard for me to stomach because I don’t care for the taste of licorice.
  3. Fenugreek:  Made me smell like I ate pancakes/waffles covered in syrup all day.  I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing.
  4. Frequent pumping sessions.
  5. Warm showers before pumping
  6. Massaging

Little B was still happy and healthy on Enfamil.  The only change I made was switching from Newborn to Enspire.  The Enspire is advertised as the closest to breast milk.   As a last ditch effort to see if my body could produce enough breast milk, I decided to give Milky Mama treats a try.

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My kit arrived with 6 brownies, 6 cookies, and 1 lemonade.  I wanted to spread the treats out to last me until my next kit arrived, so I did not follow their recommended dosing each day.  I devoured 1 sweet and 1/3 of the lemonade each day until the lemonade was gone.  I have already seen a double in my “barely there” supply and the treats are so tasty! While I know this not even close to what he needs in one feeding session, I can at least give it to him as an appetizer while I fix his formula bottle.

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In my mind, I still believe my body cannot keep up with the amount he is requiring at this time.  If anything, I’m just hoping I can give him a little breast milk each day for the benefits while continuing the Enfamil.

Emily

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2 thoughts on “Feeding Little B

  1. Rachel K. says:

    That is exactly what happened to me with O. I barely produced anything and had to pump all the time. By 3 months I dried up and that was that. She was a mostly formula fed baby, and that turned out to be great for her. I applaud you for your efforts, it’s not easy to try to get your supply up! But don’t do spare entirely! With C I’m having a totally different and much more successful time breastfeeding! Maybe for you it will also be different for number two…if you plan to have more. If not, you’re doing your best and that is more than good enough! You go mama!

    • A couple people told me they couldn’t for their first and the second time they’ve had an over supply! Maybe that will be me! Oh yes, we’ll definitely have another! Being a formula fed baby when he came home from the hospital allowed us to alternate who got up. It was nice. 😊

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