My baby is not gaining his birth weight back and I’m getting advice to supplement with formula. What do you recommend?
Most women have plenty of milk to nurse their babies, but it takes a little bit of work and dedication to stimulate the milk, especially at the beginning.
In the early months, babies should gain four to seven ounces per week. If your baby’s weight gain is slower than average, there may be a medical or physical reason. So before you make the move to formula, I encourage you to make an appointment with a lactation consultant, who can help ensure your baby is latching properly. Not latching deeply enough is a very common problem. If the baby is only latching on the tip of the nipple, he won’t get as much milk and milk supply will not be stimulated.
Hang in there and seek professional help. Breastfeeding creates a wonderful bond between mother and baby, and using outside resources and support is part of the partnership.