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Old 10-11-2009, 11:41 PM   #401
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I read this post when I was pregnant and hoped i wouldn't have the same issues. Now I have a 2 week old baby and know exactly what you mean. She nursed just fine in the hospital but once we got home every feeding time ended up in her screaming and fighting to latch whatsoever. When he would get on it would last 2-3 minutes before screaming occurred again. I had a breakdown 2 days afterwards and left her with her grandmother and a can of formula for 9 hours so I could re-gain composure. I went to my own mother's and grandmother's hosue that night and got to listen to my aunt tell me that my daughter was starving and that's why she was so fussy. This was after I picked her up from her other grandmother's and got her to latch on.

My aunt was right. Once she got the formula she immediately was consoled and slept much better. I bought a pump and have been pumping continuously since I did. It sucks. I pump every 3-4 hrs and usually get about 6oz but it's barely enough to sustain her b/c she's eating 3-4 oz at every feeding and I have a feeling my supply isn't going to keep up with her. I've been doing mainly BM but a formula filled bottle has popped up once or twice when I can't pump fast enough for her. I still haven't come to terms with the fact that sooner or later, she is going to be a formula fed baby. I'm going to pump and supplement as long as possible though. My family sees it as normal b/c they all FF but the internet has successfully made me feel like a failure, as the idea of formula is the worst thing the baby can be fed. She is very content though. She sleeps, eats, cuddles, and doesn't suffer from any issues as of yet so why should I feel so awful?

I wish more people understood and were less judgmental.

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Old 10-12-2009, 12:01 AM   #402
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That made me cry too. That was a great way to share with others. I was a BFing mom to both of mine but truelly want to understand what others go through and want to remind myself not to jump to any conclusions with other moms. Thank you!
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