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I have a friend who's really struggling with breastfeeding, but not in a way I've seen before. Her DD is 7 weeks old and her weight is normal, lots of wet diapers. But, she's terrified that her babe "isn't getting enough milk" and so she's constantly pumping milk, putting it in a bottle and practically forcing her baby to drink it. I watched her today, and she was actually shaking the bottle to get the milk to run into the screaming babe's mouth (since her DD didn't want to take the bottle).<br><br>
I got her to call LLL, and they told her to relax and trust that her body can produce what it needs to and that the babe knows how much she needs. But, she's REALLY not buying it and is talking about supplementing with formula.<br><br>
Does anyone have any ideas on how I can reassure her, help her rely on her breasts rather than the forced feedings and formula, etc.?<br><br>
Thanks so much...
 

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Steal all her bottles? Okay, only kind of kidding there.... but really she needs someone to explain that her baby is fine and to put away the bottles. The supply and demand system is perfect.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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So I, too, had that concern since my baby was really skinny when she was born. (Although I wasn't supplementing) My lactation consultant recommended renting a scale to take home. It costs $25/week from the hospital lactation department. You put your baby on it before you feed, then put your baby on it after the feeding. The difference is how many ounces the babe took in at the feeding. This put my mind at ease and now I fully trust my breasts to provide enough milk for my 3 month old.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">So I, too, had that concern since my baby was really skinny when she was born. (Although I wasn't supplementing) My lactation consultant recommended renting a scale to take home. It costs $25/week from the hospital lactation department. You put your baby on it before you feed, then put your baby on it after the feeding. The difference is how many ounces the babe took in at the feeding. This put my mind at ease and now I fully trust my breasts to provide enough milk for my 3 month old.</div>
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That's what I did! I was worried Mia wasn't getting enough either, so I took her to a LC and they weighed her and it was very reassuring to see in black & white and have a professional help me and reassure me that she was getting enough. Great idea!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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