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  1. #41
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    One thing I remember a midwife telling me was that a new borns stomach is only the size of a marble. Therefore colostrum for the first few days is all they need

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimbaphil View Post
    One thing I remember a midwife telling me was that a new borns stomach is only the size of a marble. Therefore colostrum for the first few days is all they need
    A few people have raised this point and as someone with two children who were breastfed past the age of 3, and who has an early childhood degree with years of experience, and has a midwife for a mother, I have to admit I have never heard that before. I wonder how much that would influence the feelings a new mum might have about breastfeeding. I was sure my babies would lapse into a coma and die if my milk didn't come in soon, of course they didn't but I probably would have felt better knowing that.

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    Jul 2010
    Havnt had a chance to read all posts so i apologise if i am doubling up.
    Firstly colustrum is all bubs need in first few days.
    Secondly my private hospital DID have formula. My DS wasnt latching properly & like alot of ladies i ended up with cracked, bleeding nipples & even using sheilds was painful. The lactation nurse saw i was struggling & was the one who offered giving bub formula for 24hrs to give my nipples a break. During this time i still use a syringe to give bub any columstrum i could. I had to sign for a bottle each time & as soon as the 24hrs was up they weren't giving me anymore. They made me see them & feed infront of them (during visiting hours, when u had visitors waiting!!) However i was a first time mum & scared of the lactation nurses so did what i was told. Im pretty sure if i insisted on formula they would have given it to me. Another mum there (3rd baby) told them straight up that she wont be breast feeding so they had formula made up each feed for her! I was in hosp 6 days (caeser) & my milk didnt come in until day 5! So bub was so thin, didnt put on the required weight & i had to go back & get him weighed & monitored once i left. 8-10wks down the track he was still wasnt feeding righ, very unsettled & under weight, so looking back i wish i was strong enough to ask for more formula.


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