Originally Posted by alijased
I just kept reminding myself that mothers back when formula was non existant did not starve thier children by breastfeeding, why would we??
Certainly my baby would have died if not for formula, because he could not latch for the first 2 weeks due (I think) to having had his stomach pumped because of swallowing a lot of meconium in utero, and because I had not even a drop of colostrum in the beginning. We fed him with a cup during that time and I held him at my breast while he cried and struggled to do what felt natural but also reminded him of trauma. Eventually he moved through that trauma and now he latches beautifully. I am grateful for the SNS because it lets me feed him exclusively at my breast, and proud that one feeding a day is 100% BM.
Also most certainly the infant mortality rate used to be ever so much higher. An infant before formula would have gone to a wet nurse, but if the family couldn't afford it or if no wet nurse was available, the infant would have been given sugar water or goat's milk or whatever. A lot of babies did used to die who don't die today.
I nurse him whenever he wants, feed him at my breast, take tons of disgusting herbal tonics, eat oatmeal every day, drink dark beer, and pump more than I like to think about (Medela Classic, thank you Pudnhead). And my supply stays the same. From reading this board I've learned that maybe the fact that my breasts didn't grow during pregnancy has something to do with it. But I don't think that depriving my son of nourishment would give me any more milk.
Thanks also Pudnhead - you have inspired me to increase my pumping. I'm going to dedicate two days to giving all household responsibilities to my dh and my mom and pump round the clock and see if it does anything. Yours is a great story. I keep going back to it.