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29/07/2013 at 12:29
I tried to BF with my daughter and it just didnt work out for us, so L got dehydrated and was jaundiced and had to go under the lights and i had to cup feed her formula whilst in hospital.
I will attempt to BF again, but if I cant Im not going to beat myself up about it and i will go straight to formula. My question is, those that didnt even try BFing, what did you take into hospital with you to feed your babies? ready made formula and bottles?
29/07/2013 at 12:32
We BF for a few days, but were given the little sterile bottles when it didn't work we used those ready made, which were fab.
29/07/2013 at 12:35
Oh I'm exactly the same! I couldn't bf either as I didn't produce any milk. I'm hoping I'll be able to bf no.2 but I know it may not work again.
Totally beat myself up over the whole thing, felt like such a failure as a mum, it was horrible.
I don't think they provide formula as standard on labour wards do they? I thought you had to bring everything in with you if you decide to ff. I may be wrong. I think they have some for if bf doesn't work. If any of that makes sense.
29/07/2013 at 12:38
My hospital provided formula as they have no facility to boil water for patients so provided the ready made sterile bottles complete with teats.
29/07/2013 at 12:40
Our hospital provided us with a bottle of milk for when we came out of the operating theatre (c-section). They had disposable bottles too which you had free access to as and when you needed them. I then took cartons of ready made formula with me, and the hospital had a fridge that you could label your milk and store it in there.
I found that one carton of formula usually was plenty for the 24 hours that it's allowed to be opened before it has to be disguarded.
29/07/2013 at 12:50
The leaflets my MW gave me at my booking in appointment, said that the hospital provided milk.
Do you have anything like that??
29/07/2013 at 13:06
Again my hospital had all the brands of formula in ready to use disposable bottles and teats.
29/07/2013 at 13:07
Our hospital provided the little sterile bottles of milk. We had also taken a box of them in as we weren't sure what the situation was. I still have almost a full box which I would offer to post but they are so heavy it would probably cost as much as buying them! They are really handy for when out and about and for night feeds in the early days
29/07/2013 at 13:35
I was in a very similar position to you and bought the box of starter bottles for our chosen formula brand to take in to hospital. Boots and most supermarkets sell them. They were ideal. Our hospital specifically states that if you are choosing to bottle feed you must provide your own formula. Whilst I used the ready made bottles while I was in there you are also required to take in a tub of formula and one bottle for them to show you how to sterilise and make up a bottle following the current guidelines. After hearing some of the horror stories of what midwives have discovered people think is "right" then I think this is a good idea.
29/07/2013 at 15:12
Thanks everyone. My hospital dont provide anything, not even nappies, you have to take everything in with you.
I might get some starter bottles just in case to be on the safe side.
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