Hi... sorry if this is going to be a bit long! I've been getting worried lately!
I am expecting my second DC in July, so this is still a theoretical problem (preparing for issues w/ bf). This baby has been measuring small throughout the second and third trimesters, and we expect a small baby at birth (how small, of course, we don't know, although at last estimate the baby was 1.7kilos at 32 weeks - a bit under four pounds, I think.)
Two of my friends have recently given birth to small babies - both around 5.5 pounds, and they both had different BF problems. One "had to" give formula so that the baby would weigh enough to be released. The nurses encouraged her to BF to, as much as possible, and she now nurses and supplements w/ formula. The other "had to" give formula also, and was too worn out to BF and had no encouragement from hospital staff. Her baby stayed in for eight days, while she had to be released after two, and she hated pumping, so... there went BF.
I am very pro BF and my DS never had an ounce of formula. I am nervous that I will be pressured into giving formula at birth and that worries me because it's such a crucial time for BF, and I don't want to do anything to jepordize the success of nursing. However, if the baby needs to gain weight, how much will formula impede nursing? What can I do to ensure that I get off to a good start w/o risking the health of the baby (and getting us both out of the hospital ASAP!)? Is it possible to give some formula at the beginning and then phase it out?
Thanks for reading this far, and for any responses!