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25 Nov 2005

Formula
My son, born prem at 35 weeks with respiratory problems has returned home after 6 weeks in ICU. He had feeding difficulties at first but is now feeding well off the bottle. He doesn't suck well off the breast and my wife is finding it difficult to find time to express milk. She feels guilty to put him on to formula which in turn causes undue stress and her milk not to flow. My son is now 8 weeks old, healthy gaining weight as expected- any comments on changing to formula to give my wife some relief?
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Rob
Breast feeding is best, but sometimes parents choose to give formula. First a few questions. How do your wife feel about breast feeding? Does she WANT to breast feed? If yes: Contact a lactation consultant that specializes in breast feeding. She will be able to assist you in teaching the baby to suck on the breast. Prem babies sometimes struggle to learn this skill and need some assistance. A lactation consultant will also be able to assist you in increasing the milk production. Breast feeding should be a wonderful experience, so please find help if this is the route you want to go.

If she does not want to breast feed rather change to formula and do not feel guilty about it, since this will relieve the stress for mom, but only do this change if she does not want to breast feed and not because she is struggling at the moment. Good luck!

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