Breastfeeding and antibodies(4 Posts)
Layladylay234 Sun 23-Aug-20 08:19:58
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Layladylay234 Sun 23-Aug-20 09:34:47
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I have a 12 week old and have combi fed from the start. Shes not starting to prefer the bottle and refuse my breast. She'll maybe have 1/4-5 breastfeeds a day and even then I'm not convinced she's drinking a whole lot and just goes on for comfort or cos she's tired. When I try to put her on to feed,she generally just cries on it until I give her a bottle.
When I was pregnant,I really wasn't that fussed about if she decided to stop but now it's here, I'd really prefer to keep going. Even just for 1-2 feeds a day.
My main concern is that if she stops feeding totally,she won't continue to get antibodies and in the current climate,I know if she got sick (which I know all babies do),I'll blame myself.
Does anyone have any ideas for getting her to start feeding a bit more? And can anyone give me reassurance that if she does stop, she'll at least have got some antibodies and protection from me
Could you express and give her the milk by the bottle?
You build anti bodies with everything you come into contact with. So your child will still build anti bodies. Kids will get sick no matter what.
I'm sorry your having a tough time. I'd try feeding at the breast first then top up with the bottle. Speak to your hv for advice aswell.
No,couldn't express as I would sit there for 30 mins and get 1 Oz.
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