I have a one week old. I am breast feeding but his Dr is having me supplement with formula. I'm good about burping him frequently but he gets the hiccups pretty often and seems gassy all day. Could it be his formula or my breast milk?? I'm a first time mother so this may be a common sense question but I just didn't know.
I'm curious why you're supplementing. Try talking to a lactation specialist to build up your supply. There are herbs that can help. Formula can cause gas, but so can foods you eat while breastfeeding. Broccoli bothered my son as did sausage and spicy foods. Mylicon drops helps greatly. Stay away from peanuts, nuts and strawberries if you have a history of allergies.
I'm curious too as to why you're supplementing with formula. It is much harder to digest than breastmilk and in turn, causes gassiness. If you are supplementing due to "inadequate weight gain or supply", I have a feeling that is likely inaccurate information from your doctor. I agree with the suggestion to join us in the breastfeeding moms group. We can help you get back to exclusive breastfeeding and there is some really awesome support and knowledge there.
Also, hiccups are VERY common in a newborn and nothing to be concerned about.
OR she could not use medication to help with the gas when eliminating the formula would probably do the trick! That sounds like a much better idea for a newborn to me! We are asking why the doctor told her to supplement, because 9 times out of 10, a pediatrician is extremely uneducated in the logistics of breastfeeding and supplementing isn't necessary. If she had said, I'm supplementing because I want to, that would be a different story.
Use mylicon drops. I did. Whatever the reason your are supplementing is fine. Don't pay attention to the ones asking why you are doing it.