Confirmation that I made the right decision about breastfeeding: Owen gained 10+ oz in the last 7 days. That’s more than he gained in the previous 20 days.
We’re figuring out the whole bottle feeding thing. It’s quite a routine! There’s definitely an element of convenience that is lost now that I can’t just lift up my shirt and feed my kid when I’m out. Oh wait, I could never really just lift up my shirt and feed my kid without screaming, crying, back arching, coughing, burping, and squirming. That wasn’t really all that convenient either. So I’m slowly but surely getting the hang of prepping bottles, pumping while playing with Owen, and remembering how long breastmilk is allowed to sit out before it goes bad.
My goal is to pump for him full-time (at least for now). Yesterday my milk supply just couldn’t keep up with his intake, so we had to supplement with something at the end of the day. Our options were to supplement with frozen milk that I had pumped back when I was eating dairy (we’re still in the middle of a no-dairy trial to test if Owen has a sensitivity/intolerance to cow’s milk proteins) or try out a hypoallergenic, non-dairy formula. A friend gave me two cans of Nutramigen, which is a hypoallergenic formula, just in case I needed them, and that seemed to be the best option that wouldn’t mess up our dairy test (which has been quite a struggle for me, so I’d REALLY like to keep the control as dairy-free as possible so I can add it back in a few days). So, reluctantly, I mixed up a bottle from that powder for Owen’s bedtime. People in my new Mommy Group said yesterday that formula may help him sleep longer, so I should definitely give it at night. I was hesitant to try something new that might upset our awesome bedtime routine (Owen is a perfect little angel at bedtime and generally goes right to sleep after eating with no rocking or crying), but Benjamin insisted. We are bound to try it sometime if my milk supply is just under what he’s eating.
It smelled awful. Like medicine. And do you know the worst part? The main ingredient is CORN SYRUP. Wha??? Yes. Apparently breastmilk has a lot of natural sugars, and some formulas replace those sugars with CORN SYRUP. Ugh. I have changed my diet significantly over the last few years to include very few processed foods in an effort to reduce my intake of corn derivitives (among other things). And now I’m feeding my baby corn syrup in powder form? Not so sure I like that. Maybe it’s because it’s dairy free? I’ll have to do some research on that.
Anyway, despite my disgust with the product, we tried. I put it in Owen’s mouth and watched. His brow furrowed. His little eyes looked up at me quizzically. Then his mouth opened as he gagged and dryheaved. I was both relieved (that he preferred my milk to anything else) and saddened (what in the world am I going to feed him if my milk supply can’t keep up?). After a few more tries, he drank it just fine, although he didn’t seem thrilled about it. He didn’t eat as much as he normally does, but he had eaten not too long before, so I’m going to blame it on that rather than the fact that he could’t stomach it. He did NOT sleep slonger (at least not this time), and woke up at 1:30am. Generally he’s been waking up around 2:30 and then sleeping until morning, except on the rare occasion that he regresses back to waking up twice a night, and wakes up again at 5:00am or so. I gave him a bottle of breastmilk at 1:30am, and HE’S STILL ASLEEP RIGHT NOW (and it’s 8:30am, and I have been awake for an hour and a half, thinking he was about to wake up). Nice.
Did others have this experience with your babies gagging/disliking formula? What did you do?