Many new moms in the first few days after birth think they “don’t have enough milk” or are concerned that baby “isn’t getting enough”. It is rare that a mother doesn’t have milk — ask your nurse or lactation consultant to help you check for colostrum! Many times dads and well-meaning grandmothers pressure mommy to supplement with formula. Remember: a newborn’s tummy has a storage capacity only as big as a marble! That’s 5 to 15cc — not very much! If baby has 1 stool or movement and 1 urine in the first 24 hours, baby is fine and “getting enough”! (peeing on the doctor or nurse in labor & delivery counts, too!). On the second day, 2 pees and 2 stools.
As soon as you add one bottle of formula, you are beginning the weaning process. Every formula feeding takes away one breastfeeding session.
Don’t wean your little one before you start!