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Old 09-21-2012, 02:10 PM   #1
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BFing and Supplementing

DS is 4 months and not gaining well.Today pedi said I need to start supplementing after bfing him. I have been working to up my supply but that does not seem to be the issue. The pedi and LC say he looks tongue tied and I dont want to clip it at this age. Soooo, I just dont see how I will be able to have time to bf and then bottle feed after every feeding from now on. I dont want to stop bfing completely so what do I do? Is it possible to just bf at night and a couple daytime feedings and the rest be formula. I am so confused as to what to do.

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I was having to suppliment with DS4 after breastfeeding as my supply was low. I would nurse first till he was done then give a 4 ounce bottle. It helped to up my supply (I no longer suppliment) but gave him the nutrients he needed to grow. I tried doing bottles during the day, but my supply went way down. I do not recommend that.
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If you dont wantto use bottles you canuse a supplemental nursing system, that way he can get the extra calories while hes nursing
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oh and why dont you want to fix the TT?
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oh and why dont you want to fix the TT?
Yeah that! It can cause lots of issues besides just difficulty breastfeeding.
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Well he is 4 months so pedi said he is kinda old to fix it?

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Well he is 4 months so pedi said he is kinda old to fix it?

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My DH is 29 and when our ENT specialist clipped DS at 9 weeks he offered to clip DH's. He said no :P haha

He is NOT too old. It can cause speech problems among other things as he gets older - just get it clipped! It's so worth it!! Promise
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DS is 4 months and not gaining well.Today pedi said I need to start supplementing after bfing him. I have been working to up my supply but that does not seem to be the issue. The pedi and LC say he looks tongue tied and I dont want to clip it at this age. Soooo, I just dont see how I will be able to have time to bf and then bottle feed after every feeding from now on. I dont want to stop bfing completely so what do I do? Is it possible to just bf at night and a couple daytime feedings and the rest be formula. I am so confused as to what to do.
How much does your baby weigh?
Also there is a growth chart that is specifically for breastfed babies. It is called The Who. I bet your baby is a different percentile of growth according to that chart. Breastfed babies often gain slower.

Also I would do what the other mama said where he gets the formula through a tube/feeding system whole at the breast.
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