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If OP could get up to 6 oz once, she can do it again. It really sucks that a little mishap undid her hard work and accomplishment, but that doesn't mean she should give up now when she's just getting the hang of it. And the majority of a baby's immune system is built off of the antibodies/nutrients that only a mother can provide. Studies have shown that a formula-only diet leads to getting sick more often (their entire life), and increased chance to develop dangerous food allergies.
It just kinda rubs me the wrong way. At least to me it seems op really wants to breastfeed, for some mothers it's important to them. Saying you think they should give up after a disheartening moment, especially when there was just also a success, irks me a bit. If a mother chooses to use formula, including op, then that's up to them. I guess I just think we should encourage op for whatever choice rather than say give up.
I dont think the original commenter meant it that way, even though it may seem like they were discouraging the OP. And I would never try to discourage a mother from breastfeeding, all I meant was unfortunately for some mothers, formula is their only option because they can't produce enough milk or any milk at all.
I couldn't produce enough. Especially after the NICU bottle fed them. How can I ever catch up. He was consuming much more than he would have on day one with me alone. Anyway, had to supplement. But I gave my babies that one lonely ounce before the bottle of formula as long as I could. I feel for you OP. It can be such a difficult thing to grasp and was frustrating for me because there was never enough. Stick with it sweetie. Sorry for the heartache of those 6 Oz. Pretend you had to pump and dump for medication reasons or something. Might feel a little better. Good luck!
Thank you sazarath, and thank you smart people who are familiar with how to do research (you know who you are). If she wants to try breastfeeding, as long as the kid isn't going hungry, she can try. Im aware their is a psychological component to this, although as a guy my understanding is admittedly limited. With that said, if she's having difficulty producing enough milk to feed her kid, than it seems to me that formula would be the next most logical step. It's not like im saying just give up because it's hard, im saying try something else because your kid needs to be fed, and that takes priority.
To build up my supply I pumped every hour and ate a lot of oatmeal, I was able to pump a whole 10oz from each boob very fast because of that but I ended up not being able to give my kid my milk because she was allergic. So... maybe try pumping every hour
Give it time, OP, and I guarantee you'll turn things around. After a while, you'll be able to control the fat content of the milk and produce 2%, 1%, and then fat free! Eventually, you might even master chocolate milk!
I myself struggled with breastfeeding for quite a while and getting that much is actually a great accomplishment because it is definitely hard! I spilled it and I actually cried because it took me very long to get that much. just keep trying you can do it. I unfortunately had to switch to formula because my milk supply did not keep up with my son's eating but I know you can do it it's very hard just don't give up. good luck!