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Breastfeeding to Formula

Is It Time To Stop Breastfeeding?

It is usual for any mother to want to breastfeed their newborn. However, by the time your baby celebrates his/her 1st birthday, you may feel the need to supplement or completely stop breastfeeding. There are many reasons why moms have to make the big switch from breastfeeding to formula. However, the transition does not need to be a complicated matter, and we want to look at some of the best ways to make the switch.

Breastfeeding to Formula

When to Switch to Infant Formula

Most medical experts recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months. While this would be the ideal situation, it is not possible in most cases, and the baby formula has to be introduced earlier than six months. There are so many reasons why moms may have to move from breastfeeding to formula sooner than they would love to. Besides the demands of life, you may realize that your baby is not getting enough to keep them full and thus the need to supplement the breast milk with baby formula.

When the time comes, you need to be sure that you are making the change correctly. As a mom, you are looking out for your baby’s best interests, and you should not feel guilty about this. If you can feed your baby exclusively for six months on breast milk, that would be good. However, if, like most moms, you have to introduce formula, here is the best way to go about it.

Best Way to Move from Breastfeeding To Formula

If you believe it is time to move from breastfeeding to formula, there are three approaches to the new change.

There are three main methods for introducing your baby to formula.

Partial Weaning:

This is one of the best ways to achieve a smooth transition. In this case, you will continue to breastfeed the baby and also introduce formula as a supplement. Take time to sample several formulas before finding the right one for your baby.

Gradual Weaning:

If you plan to stop breastfeeding in the coming weeks, gradual weaning is the way to go. This means that the baby will continue breastfeeding, with the volumes reducing with each passing day. Eventually, they will be able to move swiftly from breastfeeding to formula altogether.

Switch:

Whereas there are reasons that could force you to stop breastfeeding your baby abruptly and shift them to formula, it is not advisable. In this method, the baby will start taking infant formula the whole time. If you had introduced breast milk in a bottle, the change might be easier to make.

Switching from breastfeeding to formula is not an easy task and may prove to be challenging. You will notice some changes in the baby’s digestion, and they may have some reactions. When making the big switch, it is advisable to consult your doctor to keep the baby safe and healthy at all times. If there are any complications, you should see a pediatrician right away. 

Sources:

  1. https://familydoctor.org/breastfeeding-hints-to-help-you-get-off-to-a-good-start/
  2. https://www.elitebaby.us/blogs/news/best-foods-to-start-with-baby-led-weaning?_pos=7&_sid=cf7ee14fe&_ss=r
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Supplementing While Breastfeeding

Supplementing While Breastfeeding

What Is Supplementing?

Supplementing while breastfeeding is common, and there aren’t any dangers that come from it. Supplementing is introducing baby formula while your baby is still breastfeeding. Many families choose to combine breastfeeding and baby formula to keep their little ones safe and healthy. Whatever your reason for supplementing, you should ensure that you are doing it the right way.

Supplementing While Breastfeeding

Why Supplementing May Be an Option

Most experts, including the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommend exclusive breastfeeding for at least four months. After this stage, solid foods should be introduced, and breastfeeding should continue for one year and beyond where possible. With such information, deciding to start supplementing breast milk with formula can be a challenge. Whereas there are moms who choose to start giving their babies formula, forced by circumstances.

Here are some of the reasons for supplementing while breastfeeding:

Medical issues

Certain medical conditions can affect the baby or the mom and force supplementing to happen. For babies, most illnesses are caused by a lack of a specific nutrient. As such, you may have to supplement to get insufficient nutrients.

Low Breast Milk

If you are experiencing a low supply of breast milk, supplementing while breastfeeding may be the perfect solution. Your pediatrician will let you know when the baby is not getting enough milk.

Going Back to Work or School

When the time comes to resume work or studies, you may not have enough time to breastfeed your little one exclusively. Pumping breast milk is a great solution, but it may not be enough, so you may well have to supplement with baby formula.

Multiple Babies

If you have more than one baby, breastfeeding exclusively is a pipe dream. This is not only draining but also depriving the babies. It is logical for parents with twins to supplement while breastfeeding.  

There are so many other reasons for supplementing while breastfeeding, and the most important thing is to ensure that your baby is adequately fed.

How to Introduce Baby Formula

Other than medical reasons, medical experts advocate for at least one month of breastfeeding before introducing baby formula. This allows you to build up a healthy milk supply in your breasts to make supplementing while breastfeeding possible. After the initial month, you can start introducing formulas in between the breastfeeding cycles.

Never combine breast milk and formula in the same bottle, as this may cause serious health issues. Make a point of having separate bottles for the formula and breast milk. The formula should be prepared using clean water and following the manufacturer’s or doctor’s instructions.

Ensure That Your Baby Is Happy and Satisfied

Your objective for supplementing while breastfeeding should be to make sure that your baby is healthy and satisfied. In the perfect world, moms should breastfeed the baby exclusively for the first six months of their lives. However, this is unlikely, and as such, you can combine breastfeeding and baby formula.  

Sources:

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/healthy-baby/art-20046200
  2. https://www.elitebaby.us/blogs/news/best-portable-breast-pump?_pos=1&_sid=12c9096d9&_ss=r