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A 39-year-old member asked:

when should you switch to formula or cow's milk after breastfeeding?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Transitioning diet: At one year of age, it is generally recommended that a baby be transitioned to 18-24 ounces of non-formula milk and three meals, with two snacks per day.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Question unclear: It is unclear whether you are BF now or have stopped. The nutritional superiority of BF over alternatives begins to wain after the introduction of other foods.By 8 mo it is good, nutritionally equal to formula.We don't suggest switching off BF or F to WM until 1 yr.

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A member asked:

Should I breastfeed or use formula?

5 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Melissa Arca
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: The benefits of breastfeeding are well known. Breastfeeding promotes close bonding with your baby.Breast milk is chock full of beneficial antibodies and is easy to digest. Breastfed babies have less ear infections, less allergies, and may have protection against sids. However, if you cannot breastfeed, take heart and don't feel guilty. Formula fed babies grow, thrive, and are just as happy.
United Kingdom
A 25-year-old female asked:

I am certain i don't want to breastfeed. Hospital in nyc is very pro and will not provide formula. But can I be stopped from bringing my own?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
Pediatrics 35 years experience
You can be stopped.: You can't fight the hospital policy for taking care of you and your child the way they established. You signed consent for that matter on admission. But if the mother refuses to breastfeed, the formula feeding is the normal option for the child and hospital is the one who should provide it. Don't fight with them: just explain your reasons why you don't want to breastfeed the child.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
The hospital will have formula in stock it uses for older patients,just let them know your decision.If the nursing staff resists, get names of all and their supervisors and file a complaint with the hospital administration and board of directors.
Jul 10, 2013
United Kingdom
A 25-year-old female asked:

I have decided that i will not be breastfeeding. Hospital is very pro bf and doesn't really provide formula. Can they stop me from bringing my own?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Yes they can.: You always can ask second opinion if you wish, but working in several hospitals in usa, including ny ny, the hospital rules are the same: you can't bring your own formula to the hospital and feed the baby. Good luck!
Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Provided original answer
You are right, they can't force you to do anything you don't want "with your own body". But your baby is a different person now. And he/she is treated differently from you or "your own body". I think the ethic committee would help to resolve your conflict with the Hospital administration. All the Best!
May 1, 2013
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Delivering hospitals usually care for older inpatients that are formula fed. There will be formula available. Ask for it and file a complaint if they try to force you to do otherwise.
Jul 10, 2013
United Kingdom
A 25-year-old female asked:

Decided not to breastfeed. Can hospital refuse to give me formula? (can't bring own, so this means i will be forced to breastfeed?).

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Sounds strange: Parents have to bring a carseat (not provided by the hospital) and clothes plus a little blanket (also not given by the hospital), so it sounds too strange that the parents are not allowed to bring formula. Maybe the parents can quietly bring in a bottle of formula and not tell anyone.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
I'd also file a complaint with the hospital board.Sounds like the breast feeding police run your hospital like a concentration camp.
Jul 10, 2013
A 27-year-old female asked:

What happens at hospital if i opt not to breastfeed? Will i be forced to do it anyway? Or will they give formula? Or do I have to provide my own?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Choice: Your choice will be respected. You will usually be provided some formula at the hospital but will be obliged to buy it after that. Formula is expensive and the benefits are not as great as breast milk. If you are undecided, ask about breast feeding support at the hospital. Breast feeding helps your baby stay healthier and will help you bond with your baby.

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