Almost all of the expectant mothers go through questioning if when the milk would come out from the breast. Is it few days before delivery, during the delivery or few days after the delivery? If so, do milk supply is enough to feed the baby? And I am not exempted to this “common questions”.
I have my normal baby girl delivery at Davao Doctor’s Hospital – Davao City and I am not so lucky enough to have my milk immediately after delivery. Davao Doc is a pro-breastfeeding hospital, so they really want me to let my baby latch so that eventually milk would come out. But I still don’t have milk that time. They ask me to buy breast pump to stimulate the production of milk, but still not lucky enough to have. I almost panic during the time they deliver my baby to my room because I don’t know what to feed her. And I ask some of the residence doctor and nurse if they could recommend any formula milk for my baby. But they only advise me to let my baby suck to my breast because eventually milk would come out, and they are not allowed to recommend any formula milk inside the hospital premises. Fortunately, my sister-in-law who is currently breastfeeding her daughter visited me. So I ask her to feed my baby and ask some milk to be kept inside the freezer. I was temporary relieved because of that, however, my sister-in-law is not always there, so she can only pump limited milk supply.
I cannot just simply buy milk in the grocery because I’ve heard that some milk might cause allergy to the baby, so I keep on waiting for my baby’s pediatrician to visit us. Apparently, my OB-Gyne visited me first so I asked her if she could recommend a good newborn formula milk. During that time, my OB is also nursing a baby and she told me that we have the same situation when the time she delivers her baby. And that she is using Nestle NAN HW One Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Infant Formula. She said that the milk is good for baby who might have allergies to cow’s milk product, especially if you have family history allergies. And for me to easily prepare the milk, she advised me to bought Dr. Edwards Sterilized Drinking water with white cap. So my hubby immediately buy the NAN HW One, Dr. Edwards and a baby bottle. He sterilized first the baby bottle by putting boiled water and leave it for five minutes.
The concerned nurse saw us feeding my baby in the baby bottle, and she told me that it’s better if we use the syringe in feeding the baby while I’m still waiting for my breast milk to come out because according to her if my baby is used to feeding bottle, then the baby will not latch on my breast and chose to be fed in the feeding bottle. But I did not listen.
During the visit of my pediatrician, I ask him if the formula milk NAN HW is good for my baby and he asked me if I do have any family background of allergies because if I have, then there’s a percentage factor that my baby have it as well. My baby’s pediatrician also recommends NAN HW formula milk, for the milk is suitable for baby that is prone to allergy.
After three days, I’m so happy because my breast milk comes out and it’s leaking. I carry my baby and let her latch on my nipple, but she keeps on crying and crying and don’t want to latch. So, I prepare it in the baby bottle and she immediately latch on it. So right now, what I usually do is to pump my breast milk and put it inside the baby bottle so that she can still drink breast milk. But this routine is so tiring and when I do the breast pump I remember the nurse advice.
So for those mothers to be, careful in letting your baby latch the baby feeding bottle immediately for they will be acquainted to it. In addition, I would recommend that the best milk formula for newborn baby who is prone to allergy is NAN HW One Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Infant Formula because my baby is doing well with that milk. But of course as everybody keeps on saying: I still believed that breast milk is best for babies.