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Breastfeeding After Formula - The February Fox
Since the moment Charlie was born, I’ve had a flurry of friends and medical professionals asking how he’s being fed. What’s interesting to me about this is that when I say Charlie is breastfed, nearly everyone assumes Fox was too. Let me back up to 4 years ago when Fox was born. Naively, I had done absolutely zero research on breastfeeding. I had seen the dreamy photos of women nursing their babies and just knew something so natural had to come easily to both baby and mom, right? Fox came out totally disgusted by the idea of a nipple, refusing to put his mouth anywhere near it, and within a few days he was down 20% weight which is nearly failure to thrive levels. I was terrified that something so small and fragile wouldn’t survive. I tried pumping, breast shields, feeding him through a tube attached to my finger, feeding him through a tube attached to a breast shield, 3 different lactation consultants — nothing seemed to work. At my last visit to the LC, Fox and I were surrounded by two women and my husband all trying to coax him to latch. He finally did! Well, he did for …