I whole heartedly agree with supplementation when it is medically necessary. However, I find that it often is used before that is the case. (I have heard the phrase “Nurse your baby and then give all the formula he will take” for many years. It pains me each and every time I hear it.) This message is not easily erased when a new mother is working so hard to nourish her new baby. Most new babies lose weight following delivery and get nourished with colostrum. In most cases, when a mother’s breastmilk comes in around days 3-5, the losing trend is reversed.
For those of you who struggled with breastfeeding and a newborn who lost weight initially, check this out. There is a new tool called NEWT. Deciding when a newborn has lost too much weight immediately after birth is always a tricky topic. This tool is designed to help determine when supplementation is medically necessary.
“Our hope for these babies would be that their mothers get good lactation support to improve breastfeeding,” Paul said. And that is where I come in! I LOVE being able to support new families reach their breastfeeding goals. Information delivered in the right way is so much more powerful than formula. Let’s help these dyads get it right!
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