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How do I know if I should supplement with formula?

How do I know if I should supplement with formula?

Depends: This is a big question, and one best made in collaboration with your pediatrician and lactation consultant, if possible. There are some cases in which exclusively breastfeeding your baby is just not possible due to medical considerations, some due to practical issues associated with job/family/social dynamics, and others with desire or motivations. But help is available. One great source is http://lllnorcal.Org/groups/peninsulaca.Html. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...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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Should I supplement my baby's diet with formula?

Should I supplement my baby's diet with formula?

No: If you are breastfeeding and there are no special circumstances you do not have to use formula to supplement at any time. ...Read more

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Should I supplement lactation with formula?

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. ...Read more

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Are areds 2 supplements completely ineffective given the recent reports on the study? If so, I should stick w/ the areds 1 formula?

NO. AREDS 2 : Or the age related eye study part 2 resulted in a modification of the recommendations for patients so that lutein and zeaxanthine could be substituted for beta carotene. Given the potential for lung cancer, i would recommend switching. The single dose of omega 3 in the study did not show benefit at the 3 year mark so it is not included in areds 2. ...Read more

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Is it true that intaking food supplements which has a whitening formula can help to whitten the skin? Is thier any chance to whitten my brown skin?

Is it true that intaking food supplements which has a whitening formula can help to whitten the skin? Is thier any chance to whitten my brown skin?

Accept yourself: There are no food supplements that reliably whiten the skin. However, it sounds like you're not satisfied with your own skin for some reason -- and that is sad. All humans have beauty, no matter what color their skin is. They show their truest colors by their behavior -- treating each other lovingly and with respect, or not. The more we accept ourselves as we are, the more we can love others. ...Read more

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At nine weeks she can breastfeed all day and doesn't get filled. Refuses formula, will it be ideal to supplement with porridge?

At nine weeks she can breastfeed all day and doesn't get filled. Refuses formula, will it be ideal to supplement with porridge?

Feeding: I suggest you get a pump and see how much milk you are producing to know how many ounces she is getting. Give the breast milk in a bottle for one day to see how much you are producing. At 9 weeks she should really noyt be given solid food. ...Read more