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Home Remedies For Supplementing Breast Milk With Formula
No: The nutritional content of most milk substitutes is not in most cases sufficient for a baby. That includes almond, rice, and goats' milks. Even cows' milk can cause problems but mainly because it's actually too strong for babies and quickly lead to iron deficiency if taken in excess. Regular infant formulas or soy or specialty formulas are the best choice for supplementing breast fed infants. ...Read more
It Depends: Supplementation is not necessary unless your pediatrician feels your baby is not growing properly. However after your milk supply is well established, usually 2 weeks, you may supplement with formula if you just need some rest or want to have a date night. It will not confuse your baby or interfere with breast feeding. The choice is yours. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely: Alimentum and nutramigen are the first two that are readily available that come to mind. They are a bit more expensive, but very easy to digest and no soy anything. They don't taste as good, so if the baby scoffs at eating them, can put one drop of vanilla in the entire bottle to flavor. ...Read more
Is drinking milk a health n fitness option?These days I see many substitutes, including soy and rice milk.
Protein & Carbs: Milk can provide protein and carbs after exercise & training, but remember in the usa cow's milk likely contains rbgh(bovine growth hormone-associated with increased risk of breast, colon & prostate cancers-banned in europe & canada) unless organic and labeled "no rbgh." soy milk should also be organic as >90% is genetically modified to withstand roundup and may be contaminated with the pesticide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Taking fenugreek: Supplementing with fenugreek can help but pumping and nursing will help the most. ...Read more
My 9wk old is formula feed. Has reflux dr said try lactose free formula no improvement? Any suggestions or just go back to cow milk based formula?
Reflux formula: You do not have to switch to a lactose free formula for reflux. You can try a reflux formula such as enfamil ar. This is a reflux formula that thickens upon entrance into the stomach. Some babies with severe reflux symptoms also might need medication (i.e. Zantac) and/or thickened feeds to control their reflux symptoms. ...Read more
More palateable: Either formula will work, however, there is an issue with palatability of the infant to tolerate the formula. Thus, its a matter of trying out the formula. Historically the soy based formula is more popular and also less expensive and readily available. Rice formula tends to be sold in certains stores. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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