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    Default Weaning off formula top-ups to exclusively BF

    So my bubs was born early, an IUGR baby, 2kg at birth - the ped was worried about his weight gain so we've been giving formula top ups after each breastfeed. At first he was only taking 10-20 ml top up each feed (after BF on both sides), but now he's taking 60-80 ml after each feed.

    I'm worried about how this is/will affect my milk supply. & I'm stuck between wanting him to put on weight, but wanting to wean him off the formula.

    Has anyone been in a similar situation & once weight gain stabilized you were able to eventually exclusively breastfeed?

    What can I be doing to help my supply?

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    Have you tried motilium? That worked a treat for me plus lactogenic food (oats, almonds, fenugreek, lactation cookies). My DD was mixed fed until 5/6 weeks until my supply got better (and she learnt to latch). Good luck!

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    Porridge, plenty of water and plenty of frequent nipple stimulation (if bub isn't on the boob them pumping each breast for 10 minutes every 3 hours).

    Good luck

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    My bub was an NICU baby and was on a drip for a while. She was too weak to feed so I had to give her formula to get her off the drip. She would have a couple of sucks on each b.oob then top up with formula while I expressed. I found that as long as I expressed for each feed my supply was good. As i was able to express I gave her EBM instead of formula but she was taking more and more from the bottles cause it was easier for her so I started reducing the amount in the bottle and giving her boob, then bottle, then back to boob. Managed to wean her off at about 2weeks old and she hasn't touched a bottle since (annoyingly!). She's 6.5months now and exclusively breastfed. I'm sure as long as you keep expressing whenever a feed is happening/has happened your supply should keep up.


 

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