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Is it a good idea to mix breast milk and formula?

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Dr. Michael Pappas
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Yes: There is nothing wrong with mixing formula and breast-milk, especially if you do not have enough breast-milk in to feed your baby. Of course the best food for a baby is food from another human, i.e. Breast-milk, but the next best thing is soy or animal based (cow) substitutes.
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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Yes: Yes, if you don't have enough stored milk for a meal, it's fine to "top it off" with formula.
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Is it a good idea to supplement breast milk with formula?

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Dr. William Moore
Pediatrics 69 years experience
No: There is nothing lacking in breast milk that is compensated for with a supplement of formula. Provided that mom is eating balanced meals, baby is receiving a vitamin d supplement, and there is adequate Fluoride in the local tap water, formula is not necessary.
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A member asked:

Is it ok to mix breast milk and formula?

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: You can mix breast milk and formula at any time. This is helpful when trying to wean from breastfeeding before your baby is old enough to have whole milk. Do not use breast milk to mix in formula powder.
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A member asked:

Can I mix breast milk with regular milk?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Yes: Sure, human breast milk can be topped off with formula for a bottle, or in an older kid (usually past 12 mos) it can top off cow's milk in a cup.
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A member asked:

How can I transition from breast milk to formula?

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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Some fast, some slow: Some children transition very easily from breast milk to formula. Others need a little "persuasion." once their used to drinking breast milk from a bottle or cup, replace a little of the breast milk with formula, slowly increasing the formula and decreasing the breast milk over days/weeks. Sort of "sneaking" the taste of it in on them. Usually works if you don't go too fast.
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Is formula as nutritious as breast milk?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: Formula is a close second to breast milk. There are many nutrients in breast milk that can not be "copied" and each mom's breast milk is ideally suited for her baby. Approved infant formulas do contain all the known nutrients that a baby needs to grow and stay healthy and should be used for the first year when breast milk can not be used.
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Last updated Dec 27, 2014

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