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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Natasha | 2006/04/21

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formula for newborn

I know this is rare, but I have been diagnosed with hypoplastic tubular breasts. I will never be able to breastfeed exclusively as I don't have enough glandular tissue. I was not aware of this with my first baby and due to that fact he was hungry for the first 6 weeks of his life! He only gained 300g in 6 weeks, and weighed 3kg at his 6 week checkup. I could only pump 20ml from each breast after an hour. I am pregnant again, and although I know about all the benefits of breastfeeding, I still want to put baby on formula after the first few days of colostrum are over. My firstborn only drank formula from 6 weeks on, and he is a very healthy toddler today, nobody could even see or say he didn't get enough breastmilk. Can I do this? Can I give formula from the start? Will I harm my baby or give him a second best chance on life?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

You can definitely give your new baby formula feeds-NAN or S26 are good choices.You really must not feel at all guilty about this as you simply cannot breast feed.

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Posted by: SHM | 2006/04/21

Give him colostrum for the first few days and just formula supplement. After that, if you want, you can both breastfeed and bottlefeed. If baby gets confused, just express you milk. Every bit of breastmilk helps.

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