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eatingwebSo I recently started supplementing my baby with formula in addition to breastfeeding. He’s a small guy, and I’ve really tried everything in my power to get him to gain weight. I see his pediatrician every month for weight checks, I got to a breastfeeding support group at the hospital twice a week to meet with lactation consultants, I got his lip and tongue tie cut, I’ve been taking lecithin four times a day, I’ve been pumping, I’ve been taking herbs, I’ve tried solids, I’ve tried adding oil to his solids – nothing works with this kid. So I finally broke down and started giving him formula in between feedings. And it seems to be working, kind of. He’s still a really slower gainer (oddly enough, he’s tall.)

But here’s the thing – I DO feel guilty about giving him formula. But I also feel a little weird about breastfeeding in public. It seems like no matter what you pick, people judge how to feed your baby. And they’d definitely judge you for not feeding your baby so….don’t do that.

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Chelsea Carr has been cartooning for over ten years. Currently, she works as the editorial cartoonist for Harford County’s The Aegis and The Record. She has also had her work included in MAD Magazine, b, and Baltimore’s City Paper. Chelsea holds a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute, College of Art (2005) and an M.A.T. from Johns Hopkins University (2011.) In addition to cartooning and being a first-time mother, she has worked as an elementary school art teacher.

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  1. I too have tried everything to get my supply up. But nothing has worked. So I had to supplement with formula I feel guilty. But at least some Breastmilk is better than none. 😔

  2. Been there. you actually made it a LOT further with your son than I was able to with my firstborn. With her, we started supplementing by 3 weeks, she was mostly formula by 2 months, and my milk was GONE by 5 months. I was heartbroken and felt like a failure. Breastfeeding is rarely easy in the beginning. No one ever says how hard it is to get into the swing of things. I did try again with my second baby though, and was able to get 13 months with her. Now I’m nursing my third baby and she’s 4.5 months old.

    My point is that no matter how a mom does things as long as the baby is healthy, (relatively) happy, and safe, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. GO MOMS!!!

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