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Is It Ok To Pump Milk In Advance
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
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
Not really: Breast feeding is more than just supplying milk. Baby gets to lay there and cuddle while they listen to the same heartbeat they heard during pregnancy.They also move as you move as they did inside.These nurturing features are hard to quantify, but they are part of the breastfeeding experience. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: If your water source is safe to drink, it is perfectly ok to switch - and alot cheaper for you too. If breast feeding just hasn't worked out for you and you use formula, just make sure you mix according to directions. You don't want to cheat your baby out of the nutients she needs for optimal growth by mixing wrong. And remember not to shake hard before feeding - you will end up with gas! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Natural curiosity: Many a movie or television show that jokes about drinking breastmilk. No problem to try it, but please leave it for your infant. As parents, we always want what's best for our children. The best thing to do with breast milk is to give it to your baby. The benefits are too numerous to list, but trust we medical professionals to show you the right thing to do - breast milk is best left for baby. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it ok to supplement formula till my breast milk starts coming back in stronger? It nearly dried over night. Not enough for baby. Or is formula gonna constipate him?
I like to express milk in a bottle to see how much my baby is taking is that also breasfeeding or wil inot reduce my milk supply.
Don't need to know: We don't need to know how much a baby drinks while breastfeeding, as long as the baby is growing normally, as shown by the growth charts that track height and weight at each visit to the doctor. If the baby gets sick, irritable, or is not making wet diapers, the doctor can evaluate. In a baby who is not growing, we can just weigh the baby before and after a breastfeeding to see how much he drank. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it preferable to pump milk once the baby had finished his feeding and resting? Or should I keep milk for next feeding? In term of increasing milk
Bad idea: The microwave can zap a lot of heat into a bottle that you only realize after baby has burned her mouth. Feeling the outside of the bottle won't cot it & sticking your finger in it is not hygienic. Some kids will enjoy it cool & those who like it warm deserve the sauce pan/thermometer method. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is target Up&Up formula that's made to be similar to similac just as good as actual Similac? If so, is it ok to alternate between the two?
Can't tell: In the US, name-brand formulas and generic formulas are all considered fine to drink. Individual babies may have specific preferences due to tummy issues or cow milk protein allergies. There is no way to tell if one formula is "as good" as another, or better, or worse. There is no standard definition of "as good", and there are rarely any side-by-side comparison studies (no Coke vs. Pepsi tests). ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
1 years: 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 formula instead of milk, until age 18 months. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it safe to use lecithin (up to 7.5 g daily) during breastfeeding for increasing the milk flow and to provide choline (via breast milk) to the baby?
Unknown: There isn't enough research to support the use of lecithin supplement as helpful to increase milk flow. There is research showing that supplementing in the range of 5 grams daily does increase choline in breast milk. But the risks and benefits of this is completely unknown. Mothers milk tea is a good product for increasing milk supply. ...Read more
Is it safe to keep expressed breast milk in the the fridge not freezer if yes for how long, and can I express and stop and be adding it gradually aga?
Storing breast milk : Freshly expressed breast milk can be stored: • room temperature for up to 6 hours. • insulated cooler.With ice packs for up to one day. • refrigerator in the back of the refrigerator — not the door — for up to 5-8 days • freezer in a standard refrigerator freezer for up to three to 6 months and in a chest freezer for up to 6-12 months. Place the milk in the back of the freezer — not the door. ...Read more
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