Week 2

Supplementing with Formula

Sometimes, due to one of the above-mentioned complications, a baby simply isn’t thriving on breast milk alone and formula supplementing is required. And sometimes moms just want a break from the around-the-clock feedings and are looking for a little relief. In either case, formula is there to help.

  • First of all, don’t feel discouraged. While it’s true that the less you feed the less you’ll produce, it’s still possible to maintain your milk supply for a few nursing sessions a day. Plus, the stress of your baby’s compromised health or your overwhelming schedule might be more damaging to your milk supply than taking breaks from feeding. As with every aspect of motherhood, do what is right for you and your baby.
  • Your baby will receive necessary nutrients through formula, and because you’re still nursing a few times a day, your baby will benefit from breast milk’s unique antibody properties. A little breast milk is better than none.
  • How do you know if you need to supplement? Look for signs that the baby isn’t eating enough and talk to your doctor as soon as possible.
  • While it might be necessary to start supplementing now, most lactation consultants recommend waiting until the baby is a month old to prevent any production disruptions. If your milk supply is compromised, know that your baby’s health is more important than where the nutrition is coming from. If supplementing is a choice, perhaps weigh your options on waiting it out.
  • To make the transition smoother, have someone else give the baby bottles in the beginning. Babies are more likely to refuse bottles if they can smell breast milk.
  • If the baby is frustrated or frantic, he or she is less likely to take the bottle.
  • There might be changes in your baby’s bowel movements and eating habits when you start supplementing, since the consistency of formula keeps babies fuller longer.

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3 thoughts on “Caring for Your Newborn: A complete guide to the second week with your new baby

  1. Nichole Chester says:

    I notice they didn’t mention much about breast feeding. You may want to bring a pump (I have a single one that I pack) nursing pads, and nipple cream. I keep one tube of nipple cream in the bag, along with a handful of nursing pads to be on the safe side. If you are traveling… You may also want to use storage bags for milk and keep an electric bottle warmer in the car (for those times you want a break and others to feed the baby)

  2. Mrs. Kate says:

    Great post and you share good guiding tips of newborn baby care.

  3. Alexis says:

    I take issue with the point about immunizations where ou recommend “know both sides of the story” then recommend reading the literature. If you read the studies, there is only one side to the story, and that is that immunization provides the best protection against life threatening illness and is one of the major success stories of modern medicine. The SINGLE study that link immunizations to autism has since been retracted and the author admitted to fraud and falsifying results.
    This is like recommending that people know both sides of the story as to whether or not the world is round.

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