Originally Posted by Munchkin08
We have to supplement with formula to be allowed to leave the hospital. I realize we are operating within a system. Once home is there a better formula over another? What about nipple confusion?
Why do you have to supplement in order to leave the hospital?
I wouldn't worry about your milk not in yet.. it can take quite few days. As long as baby is peeing and pooping a bit that's what's important.
Don't worry about a schedule during the newborn age.. just one more thing to have to stress over. as 1babysmom said, their tummies are tiny and its best to feed when baby says they're hungry. The baby will likely set their own schedule or pattern soon enough.
As far as formula, they're all basically the same. Some are formulated for special needs like gas, fussiness, spit-up and soy, but I think it takes a while to know for sure that your baby requires one of those. Just start with a basic one and see how the baby responds for several days. From my own experience, I see a quality difference between name brand and generic; name brand mixes better without clumping in the bottle.
For nipple confusion, it's obviously best to stick to nursing only for as long as possible. If you do a bottle, try having someone else offer it so the baby isn't confused about different sources coming from MOM. When they latch on to the bottle, make sure it looks like the latch on the breast; I ususally have to flip my baby's lips out for her when she takes the bottle, hoping she'll stay consistent when switching back and forth.
There's no denying that breastfeeding is best, but don't feel bad or like you've failed if you do have to supplement... every mother/baby is different and it's your choice what needs to be done. I started supplementing at 4 days, even though I had breastfed my others for 1 1/2 and 2 years each. It just wasn't the right fit with this baby and our home situation, and I'm at peace with it now, knowing she's content and growing.