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.
Yes. Ideally, breast milk alone is best. If you need a break from breast feeding and you have enough milk feeding the baby breast milk in a bottle is a good idea. In the event that is not a consideration, for various reasons, supplementation with formula is fine. This is best tried after 2 weeks of breast feeding to avoid nipple confusion.

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

No. If you want to exclusively breast feed your baby then you do not have to supplement at any time. However, if you are having any difficulties despite care/help from your pediatrician and/or lactation consultant, or want to supplement, do not hesitate to feed your baby. Read more...
Baby is still hungry. If you are concerned that your baby seems to be very hungry after nursing (especially early on when your milk supply is not fully in), it may be reasonable to supplement with some formula. Another sign could be a low number of wet diapers. In the first few days, your baby may not be making many wet diapers, but by a week of age you can expect about 6-8 per 24 hrs. Poor weight gain is also a sign. Read more...
Only infants... ...Who fail to gain weight properly on both direct-from-breast and pumped milk should be supplemented. Read more...
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...

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?

Last Resort. Better to nurse, but formula is ok if necessary, as a last resort. Remember to continue to allow the baby normal sucking time or use a pump or both to stimulate milk production. Read more...

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...

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...
Formula supplements. Since breast milk levels of a, d, & c vitamins are lower than a baby's daily requirements, daily supplements of the same vitamins are helpful. How much formula your baby receives per day will dictate whether you may continue with the vitamin supplements or not, . Read more...

When should breast milk be supplemented with formula?

Poor weight gain. In the newborn period most pediatricians recommend supplementing with formula if the baby's weight is down more than 10% from birth weight or if the baby is very jaundiced (yellow skin). Older infants who aren't following their growth curves may need a little extra formula in addition to breastmilk in order to gain weight at the appropriate rate. 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 more...
When inadequate milk. If a baby is very hungry after breastfeeding and cannot wait until the next breastfeeding, or if a baby is not gaining weight properly, a mom can supplement by feeding the baby some formula after the breastfeeding. The mom can pump her breasts after each feeding, to increase her supply of breastmilk, so that the baby might stop needing formula. Read more...

My 6 week old baby is refusing to drink expressed breast milk. I've had to supplement with enfamil gentle ease formula. Is this normal?

Newborns and feeding. In my experience refusing to drink is often related to a dirty or damaged nipple on the bottle one is using. Read more...
Nursing Problem. Is your baby taking milk from the breast? If yes, then it may be a problem with the way you store your milk, or with the flow of the nipple. You may ask someone else to feed the baby your milk (she expects to nurse from you). If she also refuses the breast, change your diet to avoid "smelly" foods (onion, garlic, etc.). If still refuses, see your doctor (breast disease can cause refusal). Read more...
Possibly. Is the baby drinking your breast milk fine and then refusing when it's offered from the bottle? And then will drink the enfamil from a bottle without any problem? We all know that breast milk is best but if your baby needs supplemental formula that's fine and try not to worry. Formulas are actually pretty good these days and if it's getting at least some breast milk that is fine! Read more...
Weaning. If your baby is nursing with no problem, then this should work. Add a very small amount of breast milk to teh gentlease. Wait a few days and add more.Repeat this process. If you start with a very small amount of pumped breast milk this weaning method usually works. Be patient however. Read more...

3 week old baby eats 2.5oz of breast milk every 2-4 hrs, with 2-3 supplemental formula bottles included in her daily feedings. Is she eating enough?

Hard to say. If she's playful, interactive and starting to fill out it is likely enough.Having her weighed to see is also an option but once a week is often enough to monitor weight.Most at her age will put on at least an ounce a day. Read more...