Hi all- I am here from the Dec 14 board. I also mostly lurk on the PGAL/PAL/SAIF and Loss boards.
Our beautiful rainbow was born last Thursday, and we have been supplementing with formula since day 2 in the hospital. At discharge babe had lost 13% of her body weight and was hovering at 6 lbs 4 oz. Up until today I had been bfing on demand, then dh would supplement with 1-1.5 (sometimes 1.7) oz of formula from a syringe, and I would pump. Exhausting.
Because my supply is lower than she needs (I only pump about 1/4 oz combined after a feeding, and was only able to get about 1 oz combined when I pumped instead of a feeding while DH fed formula) we have been talking about making the switch to FF. The original plan was to try to increase supply until this coming Friday, but that plan changed today.
We've been lucky enough that DH was able to have the past week off, but today he had to be out of the house during a feeding time, and babe would not take the formula from me. She was flailing and tossing her head side to side, refusing to swallow anything. Of course that made me feel horrible because she was obviously hungry. After about 10 minutes of struggling, I just plopped myself in my chair, put her on the boob and waited. She is calm at the breast, and suckling, but not getting anything/enough so when I would try to burp her or switch sides she immediately fusses and starts rooting because she's still hungry. DH finally got home about 20 minutes later, and made a bottle which she took from me. I think she was just exhausted and starving so didn't care where it came from at that point.
DH goes back to work on Monday, and I just can't imagine having my baby hungry all day- so we are going to formula and I feel a lot of relief surrounding the choice. I won't be constantly stressing about how much she is or is not getting to eat, and feeding time won't be as much of a production/assembly line as it is now.
I do have milk, just not enough- any tips on how to dry things up etc.? Any tips in general for a formula newbie are welcome. I am so thankful this community exists, and look forward to contributing soon!
TTC since 2008 Dh:34, no issues. Me:31, Endo, slightly hypothyroid, deformed ovary, paracentric inversion. 4 Gonal-F, Cetrotide, HcG, Crinone +TI cycles= all BFN Lap in 2012 to remove large unresolving cyst discovered endo and double lobed ovary. 6 Gonal-F, Cetrotide, HcG, Crinone IUI cycles= All BFN, 1st IVF w/ICSI- June '13 Antagonist: Gonal-F, Menopur, Ganirelix, HcG, Estradiol, Crinone= 7 retrieved, 4 mature, 1 unfertilized, 2 abnormally fertilized, 1 normally fertilized. 2DT of only embryo and our miracle BFP. Our beloved baby boy was born sleeping Oct. 13, 2013 due to pROM/IC/Uterine infection. 2nd IVF w/ICSI- Feb. '14 EPP/lupron/antagonist: Estrace, lupron, HGH, Gonal-F, Menopur, HcG, PIO, lovenox, doxy/dex.=21 retrieved, 16 mature, 15 fertilized!! 5dt of 1 blast/ 6 frozen. BFP! Beta 1 9dp5dt:83.9 Beta 2: 11dp5dt: 145.2 Beta 3 14dp5dt: 497 Please be our sticky rainbow baby!