Supplementing breast milk might make you think twice. You probably think that the supplementing is rather not so good habit and not really suitable for your baby’s health. However, for some reasons, you cannot be able to avoid the supplementing. When you back to work, you could not provide enough breast milk for the baby or from some health issues on your part. If you do breast milk supplementing program, you should not worry about the results to your baby as the activity is perfectly safe. Supplementing your baby with formula will not do harm to him, though the best milk for your baby is still your breast milk.
Some Questions about Breast Milk Supplementing
First question is of course does the supplementing milk affect your milk supply? It depends on the amount of formula you give to the baby. Supplementing breast milk would not affect your milk supply if you give the formula only sparingly. On the other hand, if you give it regularly, even just a bottle a day, your breast milk supply will be affected.
Then, how to tell if your baby has enough breast milk? There are several signs if your baby has had enough breast milk. Firstly, the most obvious sign is that he will have plenty of soiled diapers. If he get enough milk, he will have to wet the diapers far more often. Secondly, he has weight increased ½ ounces a day for the first 3 month. Furthermore, he will want almost 24 hour nursing.
What are the signs if your baby needs supplement for breast milk? The most obvious sign if he needs supplemental breast milk is that your breasts do not feel empty (soft), even though your baby has just nurse on them. It means that he does not take enough milk. He also seldom changes the diapers on 24 hours and look lethargic. Furthermore, he often loses up to ten percent (compared to their birth weight).
When the right time to start the supplementing? Just wait at least a month old before you start giving formula to your baby. This waiting period is needed to support him in establishing a habit of breast feeding first, so an occasionally bottled formula won’t ruin the nursing habits. Additionally, at his age, he most likely won’t reject to try a bottled formula. However, if your baby is over a month old, you could give him formula, at practically anytime.
You may ask are there risks of mixing breast milk with formula? You are advised to not mix breast milk with formula. It will be a redundancy (in the part of your hard-earned breast milk) if your baby won’t finish the milk. The wise way maybe to give him your breast milk first then you can give formula if the baby still looks hungry.
Furthermore, will supplement for breast milk affect your baby? Well, this supplementing may affect your nursing activities if you start to give your baby bottled formula regularly. He may prefer the bottled stuff because it could deliver the milk far quicker than your breasts. The baby also has longer full feeling compared if he gets breast milk. However, if he vomits after drinking formula and the vomit contain spots of blood, you should stop the supplementing breast milk. In this case, your baby might have milk intolerance.