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Our Breast Advice: Breastfeeding didn’t work. What options do I have?

Breastfeeding Didn't Work What Options do I haveBreastfeeding Question:

Hi Ladies. I finally had to give up trying to breastfeed because it just wasn’t working out. Do I have options other than formula? What are the best options?


Kristen says…

I’m so sorry to hear that you felt the need to give up breastfeeding! It can certainly come with its share of challenges, and sometimes those can be overwhelming. Be encouraged that you gave it your best shot!

My first thought would be to look into homemade formula options. You can find some good recipes on the Weston A. Price Foundation’s website. I don’t know how supportive your doctor may be with homemade formula, but I would choose that over commercial varieties, personally.

Another option that I’m learning more about it donor milk. Some moms produce in excess and are glad to help other moms who are having or had trouble.

Shary says…

I am sorry to hear you that you were overwhelmed with the challenges that sometimes comes with breastfeeding. Any milk you can provide your baby is awesome and trying is the most important part!

If you want to still provide your baby with all the benefits of breast milk, you should look into donations. Human Milk 4 Human Babies or Eats on Feets are great starting points! There are local chapters all over the world of women ready and willing to help you provide for your baby. You can, of course, find a local milk bank if you want a more regulated form of nutrition for your child.

Randi says…

Hey ‘Didn’t work out,’

First, don’t stress, you need to give yourself a big huge pat on the back for even trying! You did an amazing job doing just that!

You didn’t mention how long you breastfed for but I am going to assume it was only for a month or two. Or maybe it was for a couple weeks, either way, no biggie. From this point forward, you have a couple of options. There is donor milk, so you could contact Human Milk or an organization similar to ask them about their prices, availability, etc.

You could ask your other breast feeding moms if they are willing to pump and share. 

And if none of that pans out, you can do formula. It’s not the end of the world, so don’t let people make you feel “judged” because you are simply doing what is right for you and your baby.

A happy mommy is a happy baby. Enjoy your baby now: they are only this small for a blink of an eye!

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