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Is it okay for me to give my newborn breast milk and formula?

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Dr. David Finke
14 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Many physician organizations have endorsed the idea that exclusive breastfeeding is the best for baby and mom for the first year after birth. But, it is more than ok to supplement with formula when you chose to. While we encourage breastfeeding, one should never feel bad or guilty for supplementing or switching to formula feedings.
Answered on Apr 29, 2012
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Dr. Judy Orton
Dr. Judy Orton commented
34 years experience in Pediatrics
Try to avoid supplementation if possible in the first two weeks or so until your milk supply is fully established. If you need to supplement before this time work with your baby's physician or a lactation specialist on a plan so that there's minimal interference with successful breastfeeding.
Dec 9, 2011

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