All of you are very impressive, sticking to the pumping for so long. Indy never figured out how to suck, she only bites(ouch[:0])I tried for 4 weeks to get her to bf and had to pump every 2 hrs. We were sent home from the hospital with similac advance that we fed her through the spaghetti tube and the syringe. I remember getting excited that she had drank an entire 10 ml's not even a whole ounce!
I kept on getting mastitis recurring and she had thrush. she would thrash around and scream anytime I tried putting her to bf. it was miserable and I began to despise the pump. it was incredibly painful and didn't work very well(we had the medela rental from the hosp.). I had always planned on bf'ing and it was probably the most important thing for me to do with my baby. stopping was dificult emotionally but a huge relief physically. Indy also wasn't gaining any weight after a week and a half so we switched to formula exclusively.
now she's colicky and its terrible but each day she gets a little better with the symethicone drops and karo syrup daily with water. she actually slept for 7 hours last night!!! with only a diaper change halfway through, it was very strange but very nice.
I say that as long as the baby is healthy, gaining weight, then whatever you do is good. formula these days is very close to bm and your antibodies are mostly given the first few days in the colostrum.
11/20/03 Indigo E. (born with no PE @ 37 weeks, 5lbs 13oz) (Pg Issues:hypertension(atenolol),hyperemesis, hypothyroidism, cancer remission, asthma, 8cm blood clot @3wks)
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