Frequent question: Should I top up breast milk with formula?

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Is it OK to top up with formula when breastfeeding?

If you ‘top up’ with formula during one or more feeds, rather than replacing an entire feed, this is likely to extend the gap between breastfeeds. It will also signal to your breasts to make less milk. You can then drop the breastfeeds you want to drop, replacing them with formula (NHS, 2016).

Is it bad to alternate breastmilk and formula?

Giving your baby formula in addition to breastfeeding is called supplementing. It’s completely fine and perfectly safe to do. Many families choose this type of combination feeding method, whether out of necessity (e.g. low breast milk supply), convenience, or simply personal choice.

Is Combi feeding still beneficial?

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It is beneficial for a baby to be fed even a small amount of breastmilk. Instead of fully formula fed, babies who have mixed feeds will continue to breastfeed for longer.

Why is mixed feeding not recommended?

Regular mixed feeding might make it more difficult to keep breastfeeding because it can interfere with keeping up a good supply of breastmilk. So if you’re thinking about supplementing with formula, it’s important to talk about it first with your midwife, child and family health nurse, lactation consultant or GP.

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Can I give my baby formula at night and breast milk during the day?

Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding until a baby is at least six months old, supplementing with formula also has benefits. Breastfeeding during the day and bottle-feeding at night allows you to get more sleep since it lets your partner participate more in feeding your infant.

Can switching between breastmilk and formula upset stomach?

It’s always possible that the ingredients in baby’s formula don’t agree with their GI tract. Some babies also experience upset stomach when transitioning from breast milk to formula.

Can you combine breast milk from the same day?

You can add small amounts of cooled breast milk to the same refrigerated container during the day. Avoid adding warm milk to already cooled milk. Pumped milk may be added to frozen milk if it is first chilled, and the quantity is less than what is frozen.

How many ounces of formula is equivalent to breast milk?

If you prefer to use milliliters, remember that one ounce = 30 ml. In this case, the baby should be getting approximately 2.6 ounces x 30 (or 78 ml) of breast milk at each feeding. You can put 3 ounces (or 90 ml) of breast milk in the bottle to feed a baby who weighs 8 lbs 4 oz (3.74 kg).

Does mixing breastmilk and formula cause constipation?

Digestion. Because formula milk is not as digestible as breast milk, your baby may experience more digestive discomfort and wind. They may also get constipated.

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