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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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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 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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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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When is it safe to switch from breast milk to powdered milk?

When is it safe to switch from breast milk to powdered milk?

I wouldn't: If your question refers to baby formula in powdered form, it is safe from the start. I don't believe powdered milk is ever appropriate nutrition for a baby.It is too easy to mix at an improper strength, and is empty of many of the supplemental nutrients babies need to grow properly. ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink Metamucil while breast feeding?

 Is  it  ok to drink Metamucil while breast feeding?

Yes It is ok: with breastfeeding, as it is a bulk laxative, acts locally in the bowel, no systemic absorption, so won't be secreted in the breast milk, ...Read more

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Is it ok to freeze breast milk?

Is it ok to freeze breast milk?

Yes: You can freeze your freshly pumped breastmilk for up to 3 months. It is best to keep it the back of your freezer to keep it very cold. Some report that if you have a separate deep freezer you may even keep it for longer. ...Read more

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At what month will it be ok to introduce a baby to rice cereal with breast milk?

At what month will it be ok to introduce a baby to rice cereal with breast milk?

Baby food: The general consensus is around 6 months. I have some moms that have started a little earlier than that but not by much (right at 5 months). ...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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Is it dangerous to just use formula instead of breast feeding?

Is it dangerous to just use formula instead of breast feeding?

No: While breastfeeding is the preferred method of infant feeding, we are fortunate to have a variety of safe and effective approved infant formulas that can be used when necessary. Some infants require specialized formula because they have rare conditions that impede absorption of nutrients and growth. Your pediatrician is the best source of information about infant feeding. ...Read more

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Is it safe to combine milk and formula?

Is it safe to combine milk and formula?

Yes: It is safe to combine milk and liquid formula (but do not add milk to formula powder). 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 formula each day. By the end of the week, the baby's drink will be mostly or all cow milk. ...Read more

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Is breast milk ok to drink for adults?

Is breast milk ok to drink for adults?

Yes: It is a nutritious beverage. However, there is little benefit of it to any adult over other milks. Their alternative intake dilutes any enzyme or health benefits a baby would have from a single source diet. ...Read more

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I am pumping to feed my baby breast milk but also using formula. (i'm not producing enough). Should I do breast milk only and formula only bottles?

I am pumping to feed my baby breast milk but also using formula. (i'm not producing enough). Should I do breast milk only and formula only bottles?

I would: I don't have science behind this, but i don't know if mixing breast milk and formula will break down the good proteins in either liquid. I'm probably being overly cautious with this recommendation. So, if it was my baby, i wouldn't mix. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Is it ok to have cold breast milk?

Is it ok to have cold breast milk?

Yes: It's traditional to warm breast milk or formula before feeding it to a baby, but honestly there's no particular reason either can't be served cold. Babies might not take to it at first if they're used to the warm stuff, and i imagine warm milk is more like nursing, so maybe more comforting... But there's no crucial reason to warm the contents of a bottle. ...Read more

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Is it better for my baby to drink whole milk or formula?

Is it better for my baby to drink whole milk or formula?

Formula, but costs $: A 1 year old baby can switch off of formula and start whole cow milk. Formula is somewhat more nutritious but is much more expensive. A baby who is a picky eater and eats little solid food, or has almost no variety in his choice of solid foods, will probably not get enough iron and vitamins from his diet. Such a baby may be better off drinking infant formula until 18 months of age. ...Read more

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Is it okay to mix baby formula with coconut water?

Is it okay to mix baby formula with coconut water?

No, Coconut: Water has chunks of coconut floating in it. This would not work. ...Read more

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Is whole milk better to drink for breast feeding?

Is whole milk better to drink for breast feeding?

Confusing question: Cows do not drink milk to make it and humans do not have to either.Moms need a good source of calcium which can come from many sources and milk is an easy one, but cheese, yogurt, supplements can be used instead. ...Read more

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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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