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should i supplement lactation with formula?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
It depends: This is a personal decision based on your baby's needs, your needs, & the amount of milk you're able to provide/pump. Your pediatrician can help you determine whether your baby is getting "enough" from breast milk alone. Timing of feedings may add another set of logistics too. Observe your baby & see what's needed. Review your own needs too. Formula can be a helpful addition in many cases.

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Should I be giving my baby fruit and vegetable juices if I am also formula-feeding him?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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No: The answer is no.If breast-feeding is not possible, infant formulas contain all of the required nutrients needed by healthy infants. Juices have no nutritional value and should not be used.They provide unneccessary calories and will probably interfere with normal feeding.Occasionally pediatricians will use juice as a natural laxative for a constipated baby, but otherwise juice should not be used.
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Can certain formulas cause diarrhea?

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Yes: If all babies were just alike there would be only one infant formula. Yet everyone knows that babies are born with differences; this can extend into tolerance or intolerance of infant formula. Perhaps the most common are cow milk protein allergy and lactose intolerance. While not exactly the same, symptoms of increased gasiness, colicky pain, and diarrhea are common hallmarks of these disorders.
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What are onion supplements used for if onions are cheap?

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What are wild indigo supplements for?

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Dr. William Cromwell
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Why can taking hormone supplements be dangerous at 80?

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It's not: Many women can safely use menopausal hormonal therapy as they age, even beyond 80. A thorough and thoughtful evaluation by a women's health specialist is recommended.

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