Originally Posted by va_army_wifeMy oldest DD had a bad latch from the start, and the LC I saw was NO help. She seriously made me feel like I was failing because we couldn't get it right and I spent a week fighting to work it out. I called the local LLL chapter and all I got was that I was new at this and it takes time, have patience. After DD's weight dropped, the ped said we had no choice. We tried 4 different formula's before we found one that DD wouldn't projectile vomit all over the place. She's growing like a weed and is pretty darn healthy. During the school year she very rarely brought home any of the ickys that were going around.
My youngest DD was a bit of a preemie so when she was born her blood sugars were low. We tried nursing but her sugar levels wouldn't come up enough to satisfy the doctors so they insisted we give her bottles. Again, a bad reaction. After she threw up 3 different formula's I sent DH out to the store and we got the same kind we'd used the first time around. Instant success. Her sugars came up and she was finally sleeping a little. Once my milk was in I BF whenever I could but never really established a good supply, and I was pumping so I wouldn't be nursing in public. We always carried formula and a bottle with us, in case of a real pinch. Rarely used it but it made ME feel better knowing it was there if we needed it. We went to exclusively formula after about 8 weeks. I look at it as at least I tried, and at least DD got the benefits of BM for that time.
With this baby we have already decided we'll try BF again, but we are going to pack a bottle and a can of our choice of formula in my hospital bag in case we run into problems. Some would say that's automatically setting me and baby up for failure, I say its a good precaution to take.