Supplementing Breast Milk with Formula
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There are many reasons why a mother think about supplementing breast milk with formula. Watch this video to learn about supplementing.
Transcript: Planning to feed your baby from the breast and the bottle? We've got tips to make supplementing simple!...
Planning to feed your baby from the breast and the bottle? We've got tips to make supplementing simple! Nursing mothers have various reasons to supplement some of their breast milk feedings with formula. Many women decide to do this when it's time to go back to work. This can be an especially good option for moms who have trouble pumping. Other women just like handing off occasional feedings to a partner or caregiver. And some moms supplement when their babies just aren't getting enough milk from the breast. If you think YOUR baby is in this boat, watch for signs that she's constantly hungry, which include... fewer than six wet diapers a day, significant weight loss, and constant fussiness or lethargy. Weight loss can be tricky to assess since fluctuations will occur depending on when your child has last been fed, and when the last diaper change occurred. A full diaper can account for more weight than you might think. So the best way to do this is to weigh your baby on the same scale, at the same time, in relation to feeding, at each weigh in. Irritability and wakefulness can also be possible indicators of hunger, so watch out for them. Symptoms like this mean it's time to speak to your child's pediatrician about whether or not supplementing makes sense for you. Whatever your reason, as a supplementing mother, you should understand that your milk works on a supply and demand basis. In other words, the less you nurse, the less milk you will produce. This isn't usually a problem for a woman who has a strong, established milk supply...but a brand new mother may find that supplementing too soon causes her breast milk to stop COMPLETELY. For this reason, some experts suggest waiting a month before adding formula to your breastfeeding routine. And ALL moms who want to continue nursing should do so several times a day to keep milk production going. When it's time to give the first bottle of formula to your infant, let someone else do the honors. Your baby can smell you, and will have no desire for bottle nourishment when the breast she's used to is present! It's also smart to offer the first bottle when your infant is definitely hungry, and isn't looking to nurse for comfort. On the flipside, don't wait until your baby is so starving that she's crying! Some parents mix pumped breast milk with formula for those early bottle feedings. This is fine, and can make the transition easier... but experts caution that if your baby doesn't finish the bottle, you'll waste your hard earned, pumped milk! ! It's not called liquid gold for nothing! If your infant has trouble adjusting to the bottle at first, keep trying. All babies get the hang of bottle-feeding eventually, and you'll soon have supplement success!More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-29 | Tags »
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