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I hate to have to do it,but with dd losing weight I have no choice
I am usin enfamil now because when it was needed in the middle of the night 7-eleven is the only thing around here open and that's all they had. I want to use organic since we eat organic, any suggestions? TIA
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Horizon, Nature's Own (I think that's what it's called) and Earth's Best all make organic formula....at least that's what I've seen at Wild Oats.
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Those are the one's I've seen at the stores as well. I also saw an advert that Similac makes organic now.

Have you tried increasing your milk supply by pumping or more frequent feedings? Has the weight loss been drastic, and how old is your DC? There are probably ways to get DC gaining weight without resorting to formula.....was it a suggestion by your ped?
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I think most make organic now. Similac and parent's choice do I think.

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Ped said not to worry too much, lactation specialist said to supplement.
She's 5 weeks now.

She nurses constantly and IF I get to attach myself to the pump I don't get anything out. I always express some out when she unlatches, I mean they are drops but they keep coming. I was wondering if lack of sleep might be part culprit.
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Ped said not to worry too much, lactation specialist said to supplement.
She's 5 weeks now.

She nurses constantly and IF I get to attach myself to the pump I don't get anything out. I always express some out when she unlatches, I mean they are drops but they keep coming. I was wondering if lack of sleep might be part culprit.
at five weeks I would not supplement.

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did u try taking fenugreek?

also i have heard that making a goats milk formula for a baby is 100 times better for them than formula....im sure there was a recipe on here somewhere if you search (what to add to the goats milk to get the correct amount of fat and sugar, etc)

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I was wondering if lack of sleep might be part culprit.
Entirely likely. Any chance you can go to bed for a few days, just you and the baby? Have someone bring you meals in bed, etc? Housework will always be there, but your milk won't. Is your DH supportive enough to "mother" you for a few days?

Also, how's your intake? Are you getting enough to eat and drink? (That was a problem for me in the beginning.) Eat like a hobbit--7 meals a day (breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, and supper) as much as possible. Eat now, worry about calories later. Drink lots of water, stay away from caffeine, and try Mother's Milk tea and Fenugreek capsules.

Good luck!
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Entirely likely. Any chance you can go to bed for a few days, just you and the baby? Have someone bring you meals in bed, etc? Housework will always be there, but your milk won't. Is your DH supportive enough to "mother" you for a few days?!
: Take a nursing vacation! Your babe is young and your supply still being established. Snuggle skin-to-skin, offer the breast every 2 hours and also try nursing lying down so you can rest. Oatmeal and fenugreek tea also help.
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I agree skin to skin is best. Get in bed with no shirt and the baby just in the daiper. Dont go anywhere. Stay there and nurse as much as you can. I think supplementing this early is a mistake. I would stay away from it and focus on nursing. Formula hurts the nursing relationship.

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Entirely likely. Any chance you can go to bed for a few days, just you and the baby? Have someone bring you meals in bed, etc? Housework will always be there, but your milk won't. Is your DH supportive enough to "mother" you for a few days?

Also, how's your intake? Are you getting enough to eat and drink? (That was a problem for me in the beginning.) Eat like a hobbit--7 meals a day (breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, and supper) as much as possible. Eat now, worry about calories later. Drink lots of water, stay away from caffeine, and try Mother's Milk tea and Fenugreek capsules.

Good luck!

I'm always either on the couch or on the bed nursing.
my man, who was not supportive at all at first, it was horrible actually, anyway now he is 100% supportive, but he works 14 hours and he wakes up, makes me food, holds her for a bit so I can shower and goes. I have no other support, but I let the house go. I have lactation support pills with fenugreek ( but i forget to take them) and when i can I make bowls of oatmeal and stick em in the fridge and eat them thoughout the day. i drink lots of water, even though I don't eat lots of meals I eat baby cereal to get enough vitamins.
I haven't supplemented in two days so we'll see.
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Can your husband stop at the store get you some other snacks, like some granola bars, baby carrots, crackers and cheese? Stuff you can eat easily? You need energy!

I know how hard it is...hang in there.
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I second the get more snacks comment. Can I ask why you have baby cereal already? Just curious. That stuff is icky. Plus at 5 weeks, your baby is getting close to the 6 week growth spurt. I wouldn't worry. Relax, eat more, take your supplements. And pumping is hard. I could never get anything with a hand pump.

I would definitely stop using formula. It will lessen your milk supply, especially at 5 weeks pp. DD was always attached to my breast at 5 weeks. For a few months actually.

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