Is it OK to combination feed my baby?

Is combination feeding OK for baby?

This usually takes roughly 6–8 weeks after birth, but it can be different for everyone. However, some woman will want to combine feed their baby from birth. This is safe to do but it may make breastfeeding more challenging in the early weeks if your baby is also bottle fed.

What will happen if I mix feed my baby?

The disadvantages of mix feeding

Breast milk works best on a supply and demand basis; with the more your baby feeds the more milk your body produces. Mix feeding your baby therefore may affect your milk supply meaning that you produce less and that your milk supply may eventually dry up.

Is exclusive breastfeeding better than combination?

Why isn’t mix-feeding promoted more by breastfeeding supporters? There is no doubt that exclusively breastfeeding is the safest way to nourish an infant. As mentioned above, certain antibodies work to help prevent harmful pathogens or allergens being absorbed into baby’s bloodstream (often called “virgin gut”).

Should I combi feed?

Combination feeding with breast milk only

Combination feeding using only breast milk gives your baby the best nutrition, but allows mum some breaks between feeds to get much-needed resting time and allows your baby’s other family members to much-needed bonding time.

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What should I feed my baby if no formula or breastmilk?

If you’re not yet able to express enough breast milk for your baby, you’ll need to supplement her with donor milk or formula, under the guidance of a medical professional. A supplemental nursing system (SNS) can be a satisfying way for her to get all the milk she needs at the breast.

What does nevirapine do to babies?

In many developing countries, a two-dose regimen of nevirapine (NVP) around the time of birth is advocated as the most cost-effective way to prevent mother to child HIV transmission. One dose is taken by the mother at the onset of labour and one dose is given to her baby, between 48 and 72 hours after birth.

Is combination feeding bad?

It’s completely OK and perfectly safe to do, and many families choose this type of combination feeding method, whether out of necessity (e.g., low breast milk supply), convenience, or simply a personal choice. In some cases, breastfeeding and providing formula may be recommended by a doctor for medical reasons.

Will topping up with formula reduce milk supply?

Unless it’s done properly, formula feeding in addition to breastfeeding can reduce your milk supply. Replacing breastfeeds with infant formula sends the signal to your breasts to make less milk. Then you’ll need to keep giving your baby formula to satisfy their appetite.