My son is 8 weeks old. Want to know if it is okay that I mix breast milk and formula, and also continue to breast feed??

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Estha - posted on 01/17/2009

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I was able to pump enough out for awhile and only had to use formula occasionally, but I eventually stopped pumping at work.  He was given formula while I was at work and I continued to breastfeed him when I was at home.  We didn't have a problem with doing it that way or with the formula.

Lara - posted on 01/16/2009

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My daughter is now 9 years old now. When she was that age I gave here cereal(rice) for substance because I didn't think she was getting enough from breast milk and she wasn't able to digest it . Check with your baby doctor if you have questions.

Andrea - posted on 01/16/2009

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I had to suplement from the beginning because of low milk production and baby weight loss. Grace took to the formula bottle very easily and we never experienced any "nipple confusion" that I was warned about by the VERY opinionated lactation consultant at my hospital.



You have to do whatever works best for you and makes you comfortable. If you are uneasy about using formula, your baby will pick up on it and could get upset or refuse the bottle, etc. I was able do double dip for seven months, until she just lost interest in breastfeeding and basically weaned herself to all formula bottles.

Sandy - posted on 01/16/2009

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When I was waiting for my milk production to increase I would mix my breastmilk and formula and my baby liked it a lot better than taking formula only.

Sarah - posted on 01/14/2009

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I mix 3 parts breast milk and one part formula now that I"m back at work. It's working out really well. Our dr. said this is better because the breast milk helps the baby digest the formula. We use nature's best. She is doing great!

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Often times a baby will nurse more often and longer when a growth spurt is coming on. If you allow him to nurse through it, and you are getting enough to drink (milk, 100% juice, water) and you are getting good foods, then your body should be able to increase its own milk production. Just because you feel you're not making enough now doesn't mean you can't make more, but the only way to do that is to keep nursing.

It's a law of supply & demand. If baby wants more and keeps nursing, he stimulates your hormone production by suckling and you will make more milk.

By supplementing with formula and reducing your nursing by one feeding, you will also be reducing your ability to make more milk.



Bottom line: You have to do what is best for you.

But the library's got book by La Leche League, and they are very helpful...

God bless!

Callula - posted on 01/13/2009

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the only issue we had was my daughter went off the breast very quickly after the bottle was established, but she was much older (9 months) but i found the aptimel formula best as it is supposed to be the closest to breastmilk

Kathy - posted on 01/12/2009

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We also supplemented from the beginning--usually the last feeding of the day when I seemed to have nothing left for her.  It took some experimenting with different bottles, nipples, and formula, but overall it was quite successful.  I had to go back to work at three months, but we managed to keep up a combination of both breastfeeding and formula until she was six months.  You may run into people with very strong opinions (both ways), but I found the best measure for us was to make sure we were making the best decision for our unique family, and smiling pleasantly through much of the un-asked for advice :)

Leonita - posted on 01/12/2009

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Breast milk is the best thing for your baby but if you are not producing or need to switch baby over for personal reasons or per Dr advice due to weight gain issues You can supplement with Formula. and the how, well I guess it depends on what the baby likes. With my daughter I really liked Breast feeding but had to start supplementing with formula at about 10 months old because my milk supply began to dwindle- I tried mixing it but She didnt like it mixed. she hated the formula initially So I would feed them to her separately because I couldnt get her to drink anything from a bottle if she even smelled the formula at 1st.
I Pumped milk to be used in bottle feedings, breast fed and used a little formula in separate bottle feedings when I hadn't produced enough for her consumption in a day.
Whatever your baby boy likes is ok and its always ok to breastfeed.

Lisa - posted on 01/12/2009

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You should talk to your pediatrician.  When my daughter was about the same age, we would give her formula once a day because my milk suppy was not producing enough for her.  She is 9 1/2 months old now and we give her about 2 bottles of breastmilk and 2 bottles of formula.  You also have to experiment with different formulas to see which one/kind is best for your baby, especially if he is sensitive to certain things.  Your peditrician can help with that.  I hope this helps. 

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