Hi, hoping someone could weigh in here. I had gestational diabetes so I was really determined to EBF in order to help both of our blood sugar levels and improve my baby's chances of avoiding type 2 one day. Unfortunately, I hemorrhaged really badly after delivery and while I was being worked on/recovering, the hospital gave my baby formula for his first two feedings. I then received so many IV fluids that I struggled to get a good latch and we had to supplement some formula with breastfeeding for a week. At one week, I was finally able to stop formula completely and am now only breastfeeding.
I feel really disappointed that I couldn't exclusively BF from the beginning. Maybe it's the hormones talking, but it feels like I've already started my baby out on the wrong foot. Does anyone with more knowledge/experience with BF have some insight into whether BF at this point is still beneficial? Or have I already compromised a lot of the benefits by introducing something foreign? I just read about the idea of the "virgin gut" and I think that's what got me feeling worried. Apparently I've already messed up my baby's gut.