Frequent question: What kind of formula should I use to supplement breastfeeding?

Is it OK to supplement breastfeeding with 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.

What is Similac for supplementation used for?

Supports Brain & Eye Development. Similac For Supplementation features our exclusive blend of DHA, lutein, and vitamin E, special nutrients found in breast milk. DHA supports brain development, lutein supports eye health, and vitamin E is an important nutrient that supports developing cells.

How can I supplement without losing my milk supply?

Make a schedule as to when you plan on pumping and supplementing. You may want to supplement in the morning and at night, so that way it’s more spread out. Making sure you have an even amount of breastfeeding sessions and bottle feeding sessions will keep your body on a regular producing schedule.

How do you exclusively breastfeed after supplementing?

To breastfeed exclusively, you’ll have to boost your milk production, and the best way to do that is to breastfeed more often. If you’re supplementing every feeding with formula, cut back to every other feeding. Your baby, who is used to getting more to eat at each feeding, will then want to eat more often than usual.

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Can mixing formula and breastmilk cause 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.

Is it OK to breastfeed during day and formula at night?

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.

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).