Hi all, my mum-in-law from Tenerife says it is/was common practice in Spain to check breast milk for nutrient content and bacteria checking. I wonder where offers this service in UK if at all. I've a French friend too who got her milk tested in French hospital.
Am currently breast feeding but mainly using formula/bottle, as 4wk old has had issues latching on due to mouth thrush&mainly as midwives advised she'd lost too much weight after birth so needed topping up, also due to my emergency c-sec meaning milk was in late. Am still not sure if have enough breast milk as she fights breast (could still be due to thrush though...) and prefers bottle, as easier for her which is common I know, so am pumping off 50ml at a time where can. It's time consuming though&hard in these 1st few weeks as other half bk@wrk&she cries a great deal etc!
My husband&I see options here for paying but it's pricy and think it is for abroad only. I want to check if my breast milk is nutrient rich&free of baddies! Is it worth it, anyone know or have experience with that service? Also would people who've had similar problems say now at nearly 5 weeks to jack in the pumping off soonish? Most ppl in family say yes, some no.
We are taking advice frm a lactation consultant&several health visitors/midwives re increasing skin2skin, whaf to eat, positions and so on, but not much has been 100% successful encouraging her at breast. At this point I can't imagine wanting pumping off after every feed until she's 6 months or whatever! I though naively breast feeding would be a whole lot easier than this like a lot of women, &at wit's end!