Is formula as nutritious as breast milk?

No. In almost all cases, breastmilk is best. Baby humans are made to drink human milk. Formulas do a good job of imitating breastmilk. In a few cases, a mom's milk may have some unusual imbalance of ingredients (for example, not enough fat, or more salt than usual), or a mom may be on a medication that gets into her milk and is harmful to babies. In these cases, formula would be more "nutritious".
No. Formula is a close second to breast milk. There are many nutrients in breast milk that can not be "copied" and each mom's breast milk is ideally suited for her baby. Approved infant formulas do contain all the known nutrients that a baby needs to grow and stay healthy and should be used for the first year when breast milk can not be used.

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Is it ok to mix breast milk and formula?

Yes. You can mix breast milk and formula at any time. This is helpful when trying to wean from breastfeeding before your baby is old enough to have whole milk. Do not use breast milk to mix in formula powder. 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 more...

How can I transition from breast milk to formula?

Some fast, some slow. Some children transition very easily from breast milk to formula. Others need a little "persuasion." once their used to drinking breast milk from a bottle or cup, replace a little of the breast milk with formula, slowly increasing the formula and decreasing the breast milk over days/weeks. Sort of "sneaking" the taste of it in on them. Usually works if you don't go too fast. Read more...
For most people... ...The question is moot -- they either stop lactating, or start a medication that is incompatible with breast feeding, and go straight to formula. Abrupt change does not seem to be any worse than any gradual change, as far as chances of formula causing a reaction. Breast is best, of course, but when you have to stop, there is no problem if you stop at once. Read more...

What does breast milk contain different than formula?

See below. 1. Immunoglobulin a which is responsible for the breast-fed infants to get less respiratory and gastrointestinal infection 2. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid...Enhancing neuronal development 3. Readily absorbable iron 4, pro- and prebiotics. Read more...

What number of ingredients in breast milk aren't found in formula?

See below. Immunoglobulin A, Pro- and prebiotics, and Lactoferrin are the ones of clinical importance, i.e., protection from different infections. Read more...

My breast milk just stopped flowing as it should nothing I try I bringing it back but my son insist on pulling he doesn'twant formula what should I do?

If he is 1 year or . older, you can wean to an open- mouth cup. Limit milk & milk products to 16-21 oz./day. If < 1 year, seek advice from a lactation specialist. A supplemental nursing system or an electric breast pump may help. The more you nurse, the more milk you make. Chronic pain or the medications you take for it may be impacting your milk supply. Read more...

Is it a good idea to mix breast milk and formula?

Yes. There is nothing wrong with mixing formula and breast-milk, especially if you do not have enough breast-milk in to feed your baby. Of course the best food for a baby is food from another human, i.e. Breast-milk, but the next best thing is soy or animal based (cow) substitutes. Read more...
Yes. Yes, if you don't have enough stored milk for a meal, it's fine to "top it off" with formula. 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 breast milk drying up. Baby not taking formula, what to do?

Increase milk. Try to increase your breast milk production by increasing fluids and nipple stimulation by the baby sucking or a breast pump. Read more...