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Old 07-03-2012, 07:58 AM   #1
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HELP! PLEASE, 3 WEEK OLD BABY

Hi everyone and thank you for reading
I feel desperate my baby is 3 weeks old
She has refused to latch but she does nurse with a nipple shield.
I pump and supplement with Similac advance formula.
My desire is to only breastfeed and use no formula but i
cant let my baby go ungry.
She is been vomiting a little or moderate after she eats (breastmilk or formula)
even if i burp her. The only way she doesnt is when i hold her or when i place
her in her bouncer(once she "laids down" completly no matter what she vomits
milk out.
Am i over feeding?
I try to eat very healthy, I do not eat junk food n take vimitins so my milk would come out good for her (but im still short of milk)
Please if you been trough this any advice would be very appreciated it

ps. I am also looking for an afforable baby sling or carrier if you happen to have one ..

thank you and i hope to hear from you soon.

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Old 07-03-2012, 07:59 AM   #2
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*hungry not ungry
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:11 AM   #3
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Could be reflux. Many moms find that they can manage reflux by figuring out what foods are causing their baby's problems. Most common problem foods: Dairy, gluten, eggs, corn, soy, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, nuts.

It could also be partly due to the formula.

What have you done to boost your supply? Boosting your supply and eliminating formula can be daunting, but at 3 weeks, you are still well within a space to phase it out. Kellymom.com on weaning from formula

Kellymom.com on Boosting Milk Supply
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:28 AM   #4
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My first recommendation is to contact a LLL group - they offer free support and are an amazing resource! Even if you don't have a group local to you, you can still speak to a leader on the phone. If you can attend a meeting, they can help you with your latch issues as well. You can also contact a local lactation consultant for help.

How is your baby behaving, when spitting up? Does she act fussy, or like she's in pain? If so, sounds like reflux and you need to see the doctor about getting some medicine. You can also try cutting out the foods that the PP mentioned. DS2 had/still has reflux and DS3 has GERD... neither of their issues could be managed through my diet (although I tried the Elimination Diet for months!), so they are both on medicine.
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To Tibeca and AninalHouse

thank you for your reply
i am new to the website and i didnt know i wouldnt get an email fololwing your response.
We went to the dr and my baby got medicine that is helping her to slow down the acid.
im now lying her down on her back all the way as much and its been helping alot. She had spit once so far and here and there but nothing as much.
For some reason i stopped stressing about breastfeeding and she is not refusing to take it. My only problem now is that she closes her mouth instead of opening and it takes time to her to latch properly.
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i eat healthy for most of the time. (i used to work for a wealthness company and nutritunal supplements sales) anywyays, tonight im starting to take a tea called "organic Mother's Milk" any suggestions of what i should eat/drink?

Also, any good linksfor info about the elimination diet?
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Support really helped me. It helped me to feel relaxed and confident. I was lucky to have a lactation consultant as a neighbor. The book "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" is a huge help too.
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Google: Dr. Sears Elimination Diet. It is a brutal diet, but it could be the answer to your problems.
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I agree with a previous poster about contacting LLL. They are a wonderful resource. Also spend some time on the kelly mom website (linked above), it's a wealth of information.

I'm wondering why you felt like you needed to supplement. I know you said you are trying to increase your supply but why did you feel that it was low to begin with?

mother's milk tea is great but also make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Let your baby nurse as often and for as long as possible.You mentioned that she will nurse with a nipple shield. How many nursing sessions does she have and how many bottles is she getting. Always offer a bottle after a nursing session and not before or in place of if you think she needs more. I would first try to eliminate the formula and see if her spitting up issue get better.
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I would also contact LLL or an IBCLC in your area. Sometimes if a baby is not latching onto the shield properly/deep enough they cannot transfer milk effectively. If you aren't removing milk, then you won't make it. Also, 3 weeks old is growth spurt time which can lead to increased feedings, fussiness, and so on.
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