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When should breast milk be supplemented with formula?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Scott Katz
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Dr. Mary David
Pumping and then bottle feeding your breast milk is a better alternative.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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