Tips for Simultaneous Breast Milk and Formula Feeding
For women who have insufficient milk supply or crazy life schedules, learning how to give your baby a bottle while continuing to breastfeed can be a stress reducing lifesaver. There are many strong opinions surrounding breastfeeding and bottle feeding. With a little information, you can find out what will work best for you and your baby.
With simultaneous breast and formula feeding, you will want to keep up your milk supply.
If you cannot nurse, then pump milk in replacement of the nursing. If you are introducing formula because your baby doesn’t seem to be getting enough breast milk, realize, of course, that she may consume more with a bottle than with the breast. This may mean that you won’t need to breastfeed her in the traditional two-and-a-half hours after the bottle. But at the next feeding, try to offer the breast first. Eventually, by alternating, you will be able to devise a schedule that ensures she is taking in enough nutrients from both.
If you breastfeed and formula feed, you will want to decide which one you prefer to feed your child with right before bed, as it will likely become a part of her daily habits. If you don’t want to always be the one putting the baby to bed at night, than opt for the bottle as the last feeding during the day. The good news is that she will take in more, which may cause her to sleep a bit longer at night as well. Just be sure to burp her well, as typically both bottle-feeding and formula can cause more gas.
Some women revert to the bottle completely, but fill the bottles with a ration of 1:1 breast milk and formula. The problem here can be that your baby may not take to the taste of the combination right away. However, you can adjust the amount of breast milk combined in until you find what he will like. If you wait to offer formula until after the second or third month, your baby will likely be resistant to it at first because it tastes so different from your milk. You can either mix the two or work with your baby until he is happily switching between the two concoctions — just be patient.