So 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.