When I first had Otis, I was determined to only feed him breastmilk. However, with him being in the NICU and me not having any milk come in for four days, I said it was okay to give him a little formula. But my main source of nutrition was still to be the mama milk that came flowing in days later. For the most part I was able to use my pumped milk, but I did supplement with formula. At the time, Otis was so tiny and needed to gain weight and they told me his formula was higher in calorie content so he needed it. I'm okay with that in the short term, I saw how he got when we had him home the first week. He wasn't strong enough to nurse, he needed to be bottle fed. Fine.
But now, weeks later, the fat man is almost six pounds and strong as can be. I would technically be 37wks along if I were still pregnant and he'd be considered full term. So why is it that the doctor was determined Otis needed high calorie formula to gain weight?? I had to go to the NICU to get special preemie formula they don't sell at the stores, the doctor was adamant he needed the extra calories. I asked if he could still get breast milk and she said he really should be getting formula.
However, me being me, I stuck to giving him the breast milk and only used the formula bottles for midnight feedings, so maybe two feedings a day were the formula. And what do you know, he gained more than he needed to this past weekend! So you can take your high calorie formula and shove it...
I am not against formula, I fed Ingrid the stuff for a year. But I hate the idea of telling women they have to use it for their baby to grow. Last time I checked breast milk was made specifically for babies.
Facebook had a nurse in last week and I posted a picture of myself nursing Otis, with a caption saying he's a preemie and nursed right out of the NICU. Someone posted how her friend had a preemie and was told over and over she HAD to use high calorie formula for her kid. It just got me thinking this is probably a common occurence and that makes me sad. I want to know exactly how much better preemies do at gaining weight with formula vs. breast milk. Anyone know? I'll have to look it up.
Anyway, my bub is doing fine, he's getting fatter and stronger by the day, and it's all thanks to my mama milk that I lovingly pump every four hours. Not the stinky, staining Enfamil they sent me home with, thank you very much.