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June 22nd, 2010, 09:29 AM
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Hey all, my name is Sara and I have a 5 month old son named Witten. We have been exclusivly bf for 5 months now. I pump and nurse. Unfortunatly my supply is not keeping up with his appetite now. I need to start supplementing, but he absolutly refuses to take formula. He screams everytime I try to give it to him. I have even mixed it with my breast milk. Anyone have any experience with this? I don't know what to do. I have a call in to my pedi now and we are talking about putting me on Reglan and adding rice cereal to my milk...I guess that may be my only option for now.
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June 22nd, 2010, 12:12 PM
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Have you tried ways to increase your supply other than Relgan? I have used Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle, and oatmeal.
I am suprised he refused it mixed with BM. Maybe you could try adding formula in very small amounts, half or an ounce at a time.
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I have been on Feungreek for awhile now. It worked for awhile, but not so much anymore. I added 1 oz of formula to 3 oz of breast milk and he still refused it. I am scared now to add any formula to my bm because it just goes to waste and I can't afford to waste any. He will eat it with a little rice cereal mixed in. I am going to see if I can tide him over with that. Is there anything wrong with taking Relgan?
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I agree that starting cereal might help. Could he be teething? Is he refusing bottles of breast milk to, or just the formula?
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I do think he is teething, but he only refuses formula. He will drink BM from a bottle no problem.
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I have known a few people who have taken it with success. It is FDA approved, so I would assume it is fine. I came close to taking it with my first son.
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I don't have any experience with Relgan, though I have heard some success stories. Could maybe a different formula help?
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I know this might be a silly question, but have you tried another formula? My LO diddn't like the milk based ones (it also made him sick). We tried Soy based and he is happy. Just a thought.
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Are you giving him solids? He is 5 months old, so you could BF and otherwise slowly start him on some veggies and fruit. I guess there are different opinions on the solids issue, but I think that if you want to avoid formula and bottle preference later on, you might want to consider solids instead(at least that's the advice I got from an LC).
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Thanks for all your suggestions. We are starting to try a few veggies right now. The wierdest thing has happened though...I was taking feungreek (and have been for awhile) to try and boost my supply and I stopped that so clean out my system before I started the Reglan. Anyway once I stopped the Feungreek my supply came back. I am now pumping/nursing more than he can eat. Anyone ever heard of Feungreek suppressing your supply? Maybe I have been taking it for too long or something. Needless to say I am thrilled. I will try to keep the milk flowing as long as possible. Thanks ladies!!
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June 30th, 2010, 08:38 AM
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haven't heard of that, but glad your supply has increased!
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That's great!

The only thing I have heard of is women experiencing an increase at first and then no change.
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