Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Goodmother | 2010-03-09


Breasfeeding and baby formula

Is it wrong to breastfeed and give your baby, the milk formula for the correct age- i am a working mother?

Expert's Reply



There is no problem with doing this.It is very widely used these days when there are so many working Moms.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010-03-09

If you want to continue breastfeeding but not express at work, then it is fine to leave formula for baby while you are at work, but then continue breastfeeding baby when you are together.

Just a word of warning though, your milk supply will drop if you are not expressing at work, so doing this will mean that over a month or two you will eventually have moved completely to formula. If this is what you want to do - just wean gently like that, then it is fine, but if you want to continue breastfeeding, then you need to express two or three times a day while you are at work. You can leave this milk for baby for the next day, (you can store some in the freezer to use when you don''t get enough on some days and you can give formula when you don''t get enough). You also need to ensure that you demand feed baby and only breastfeed (no formula) when you are together - mornings, evenings, nights, weekends. IF you co-sleep it makes things even easier, but that doesn''t suit everyone.

Don''t mix formula and breastmilk in the same bottle. It won''t cause harm, but it will taste yucky.
Always offer breastmilk first and only when it is finished offer formula.

If she is getting some breastmilk it helps alleviate some of the negative effects of formula such as constipation.

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