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Is it ok to mix breast milk and formula?

Is it ok to mix breast milk and formula?

Yes: Sure. Just try to be sure you use just the amount of breast milk that you think your baby will need for the feeding as it should not be refrigerated or frozen again after it has been defrosted. It is not harmful to mix both together and feed the milk to your baby if you feel your baby needs more milk that you are able to provide for each feeding. ...Read more

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How can I transition from breast milk to formula?

How can I transition from breast milk to formula?

For most people...: ...The question is moot -- they either stop lactating, or start a medication that is incompatible with breast feeding, and go straight to formula. Abrupt change does not seem to be any worse than any gradual change, as far as chances of formula causing a reaction. Breast is best, of course, but when you have to stop, there is no problem if you stop at once. ...Read more

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How long does my baby need breast milk or formula?

How long does my baby need breast milk or formula?

About one year: After a baby is 12 months of age, and is eating a variety of baby foods, he can be weaned off formula and start whole cow milk. The weaning can be gradual over a week, in which more and more cow milk is mixed into the liquid formula each day. By the end of the week, the baby's drink will be mostly or all cow milk. Or one can wean suddenly, by making the formula disappear and just offering milk. ...Read more

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

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

Yes: Yes, if you don't have enough stored milk for a meal, it's fine to "top it off" with formula. ...Read more

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How often and how many ounces should a 2 week old be eating? I'm giving her breast milk and formula in a bottle.

Great weight is key: A 2 week old will eat often, though each child develops his/her own pattern. For breastfeeding, a 20-30 minute session every 2 hours is typical for an infant this age. With bottle feeding, 2 oz every 2 hours is typical. Try breastfeeding first - often you don't need a bottle then. The best way to know you're baby is getting enough is if they're gaining weight - good weight gain means enough food. ...Read more

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How can my 4m old baby transition from breast milk to formula? She's tried many and just won't take any and bottles are not the problem.

How can my 4m old baby transition from breast milk to formula? She's tried many and just won't take any and bottles are not the problem.

Weaning from breast: If you are willing to pump your own breast milk & freeze it for daily use sine the baby is refusing to drink any formula, other wise you just have to keep trying until the baby gets used to one of the formulas, very soon you will be introducing sold food & that will help but you still need to offer formula or pumped breast milk. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do breast milk and formula change a baby's poo?

How do breast milk and formula change a baby's poo?

Br. Milk: looser poop: Breastmilk-fed babies usually have looser, more watery, poops when compared to formula-fed babies. Breastmilk has ingredients that encourage the intestines to move the poop along, so the poop leaves the baby sooner (a faster transit time means the poop doesn't stay in the baby long, so the poop doesn't get drier nor firmer). Formula-fed babies have firmer poops and more easily get constipated. ...Read more

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Is it ok to supplement my breast milk with formula?

Is it ok to supplement my breast milk with formula?

Yes: It is fine to supplement breastfeeding with some formula, if the baby is very hungry after breastfeeding. To be successful in breastfeeding though, it is best to avoid supplementing during the first week of life, so the baby can learn to be a good breastfeeder. However, moms should give formula in the first week if the baby is having low blood sugar, excessive weight loss, or other problems. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How do I know if I should supplement my breast milk with formula?

How do I know if I should supplement my breast milk with formula?

No: After a baby has learned to be a good breastfeeder, it is ok to supplement breastfeeding with formula. However, supplementation is not needed unless the baby is very hungry after breastfeeding and cannot wait until the next breastfeeding; or unless the baby is not gaining weight properly. ...Read more

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Is it possible to breastfeed exclusively after feeding my child a mix of breast milk and formula?

Is it possible to breastfeed exclusively after feeding my child a mix of breast milk and formula?

Yes: Absolutely! If your milk supply is in but your are concerned you might not be making enough for your baby right now, try pumping for a brief period of time to increase your supply. If may take a few days to a week, but hang in there- your body will adjust to the increase demands. Be sure to drink plenty of water so that your body is well-hydrated. ...Read more

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Is there any hypoallergenic baby formula that tastes similar to breast milk? Any formula at all similar?

Is there any hypoallergenic baby formula that tastes similar to breast milk? Any formula at all similar?

Taste is subjective!: Most infant formula is modeled after breast milk. The nutrients and needs of the growing infant are the first importance. Hypoallergenic implies less likely to cause allergic response, but this too depends on the infant. Taste is a minor concern in providing quality nutrition for the growing infant. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to supplement breast milk with formula?

Is it a good idea to supplement breast milk with formula?

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. ...Read more

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When can newborns start having water instead of just breast milk or formula?

When can newborns start having water instead of just breast milk or formula?

10 to 12 months: No need to give water until 10 months. Give the water in a sippy cup. If a baby is constipated then small amounts of water can be given earlier after checking with the pediatrician. Breast milk and formula provide plenty of water. Also baby foods such as fruits and vegetables have a high water content. ...Read more

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My baby has down syndrome. Which milk is good for him, breast milk or formula milk?

My baby has down syndrome. Which milk is good for him, breast milk or formula milk?

Breast milk: Breast milkhas the advantage of being the natural food for human babies. It also contains antibodies from mother that will be protective for many diseases. ...Read more

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What's the benefits of breast milk over formula? God! I am so tired, can't sleep, headaching all the time.

What's the benefits of breast milk over formula? God! I am so tired, can't sleep, headaching all the time.

Many benefits: Breastfeeding is best for your baby- it protects your baby from many illnesses, not only childhood infections but diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure ; colitis later in life, reduces allergies, obesity ; risk of sids, increases intelligence ; reduces your risk of breast ; ovarian cancer- see http://www. Babycenter. Com/0_how-breastfeeding-benefits-you-and-your-baby_8910.Bc ; my comment:. ...Read more

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My 19 day old daughter is being fed breast milk and formula via bottle. Her tongue is extremely white. Is this normal?

My 19 day old daughter is being fed breast milk and formula via bottle. Her tongue is extremely white. Is this normal?

White tongue: If the white areas come off easily, with a facecloth than likely milk related. If not is may be thrush. But if she is feeding well and her mouth is not red or sore, most doctors would just observe this. All the best. ...Read more

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My 2 month old boy has brownish seedy normal stool, but when it's coming out it's foamy. Why? He is breast milk and formula fed mixed.

My 2 month old boy has brownish seedy normal stool, but when it's coming out it's foamy. Why? He is breast milk and formula fed mixed.

Likely normal: It is likely normal if he is feeding and acting well, not fussy. The stool should not be too frequent or large volume. Also make sure he is gaining weight. ...Read more

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When can I start introducing solid foods, and what kind of solid food? He is 4 months old now and he is on breast milk and formula for now.

When can I start introducing solid foods, and what kind of solid food? He is 4 months old now and he is on breast milk and formula for now.

Solid foods: The american academy of pediatrics recommends waiting until 6 months of age. I usually wait until the child is13-16 poundsor 4-6 months, whichever comes first. ...Read more

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Which is better breast milk or formula when newborn isn't pooping?

Which is better breast milk or formula when newborn isn't pooping?

Breast milk: First I would consult with your pediatrician immediately if your newborn has never stooled as this may involve more than diet. Breast milk is digested more easily and breastfeeding babies tend to have looser stools. However, if your newborn poops but you feel he/she is constipated, I usually reassure parents that all babies have different stooling patterns. ...Read more

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My 2 week old daughter has the hiccups after every feeding. She drinks 3 ounces of breast milk or formula per session in a bottle. How can I stop them?

My 2 week old daughter has the hiccups after every feeding. She drinks 3 ounces of breast milk or formula per session in a bottle. How can I stop them?

Not to worry: Hiccups are very common in little babies. This is a reflex of the phrenic nerve that innervates the diaphragm and is triggered by the baby's immaturity to eat and breathe at the same time ...Read more

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If I supplement breast milk with formula at 9 mo, does my baby need vitamins?

If I supplement breast milk with formula at 9 mo, does my baby need vitamins?

No: Vitamin d is perhaps the only supplement a 9 mo old might need as we have learned that most people are really vitamin d deficient. If your child is eating well (solids) and is on breast milk and formula, then other vitamins really are not necessary. ...Read more

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1 month old baby. Switching from breast milk to formula. Poop is super runny and a mossy green. Is this normal?

1 month old baby. Switching from breast milk to formula. Poop is super runny and a mossy green. Is this normal?

Weaning 1 mo old bab: This is not normal. It is far healthier for the baby to continue breast feeding for at least six months before trying to wean. ...Read more

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Should a 6mo with fever be given water to prevent dryness of tongue? Will breast milk or formula be enough to provide required hydration?

Should a 6mo with fever be given water to prevent dryness of tongue? Will breast milk or formula be enough to provide required hydration?

No: Breastmilk or formula is better. They will likely need to drink more of it to stay hydrated. If they need extra fluids, give pedialyte to keep their electrolytes balanced. ...Read more

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Baby keeps puking a half hour later she went from breast milk, newborn formula to now ar. The baby was tested no reflux is on Zantac (ranitidine). Suggestions?

Baby keeps puking a half hour later she went from breast milk, newborn formula to now ar. The baby was tested no reflux is on Zantac (ranitidine). Suggestions?

Milk changes: Is your baby vomiting or spitting. If she is vomiting I would be concerned about an intestinal obstruction such aspyloric stenosis, especially if she is a month old. Changing formula frequently may mean your child is getting too much milk, or getting it too rapidly. Then again, your baby may be lactose intolerant. ...Read more

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1 month old baby. Switching from breast milk to formula. Poop is super runny and a mossy green. Is this normal? I myself have run out of breast milk

Poop: Your baby's stool may be green from the iron in formula. The stools may be runny for a few days as he makes the transition from breast milk to formula. If poop remains runny he may need a formula change. ...Read more

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I just switched my 3 month old from breast milk to formula. It's been 2 days and he hasn't had a bowel movement. When should I be concerned?

I just switched my 3 month old from breast milk to formula. It's been 2 days and he hasn't had a bowel movement. When should I be concerned?

When it hurts: Bowel movement frequency varies tremendously. If the baby is in no pain, and when the bm eventually comes it's soft and painless, then don't let it worry you. If, however, it's painful, hard, or there is a change in how much the baby feeds, see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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My baby boy age 1 month 10 days. He got constipation recently. He is drinking breast milk and formula. What can I do for him?

My baby boy age 1 month 10 days. He got constipation recently. He is drinking breast milk and formula. What can I do for him?

Expected: Breast milk can cause constipation, no reason for concern, try stimulating the rectum by measuring rectal temperature, no need though, enjoy your baby ...Read more

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What are some concerns of mother's using breast milk instead of formula?

What are some concerns of mother's using breast milk instead of formula?

Only a few things: At first, I couldn't think of any, the designer really knew what babies need & it's worked for hundreds of thousands of generations. The only exceptions I could think of are if mom has HIV or untreated tuberculosis. Moms on bizarre diets can also be a problem but that is also rare. ...Read more

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