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Breastfeeding and Formula Feeding

I recently started having to give my son formula inconjunction with breastfeeding because he didn't seem to be getting full. Now I feel like I may not be producing enough milk. i heard it's a good idea to keep pumping in between feedings to keep your milk production up?? Does anyone have any sound advise?

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Asked by Jaidensmom5309 at 5:14 PM on Jun. 11, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • nurse as often as possible. it will help your milk supply and keep your babe interested. once mine had formula they stopped being interested in nursing.

    Answer by bettylou420 at 5:30 PM on Jun. 11, 2009

  • nursing more frequently is a sure fire way to boost your milk supply that means cutting out bottles and formula all together.
    your body produces milk based on demand. if your baby is there "demanding" more milk your supply will adjust to meet his needs, don't worry! you might want to check out a local la leche league meeting for more information and support.

    good luck!

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:35 PM on Jun. 11, 2009

  • Nurse on side A then if baby is not satisfied nurse on side B. If baby is still not satisfied move back to breast A. If ten minutes or more has passed a mother can usually have another let down. Sometimes it seems like baby isn't getting enough because he's cranky, having a growth spurt, teething, etc. Always ask a LC for advice.

    Answer by MoonLover06 at 6:33 PM on Jun. 11, 2009

  • If you think your baby isn't getting enough, then your baby is nursing more to boost your production and you WILL make more. I suggest to throw out all the formula now, because your milk supply will probably decrease if you keep supplementing. Breastfed babies eat a lot more often than formula babies b/c breastmilk is so much easier on their tummies.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:45 PM on Jun. 11, 2009

  • Unless your baby was dehydrated (sunken in softspot, dry diapers), he was getting enough milk. Stop giving him formula, and get your supply back up.
    Drink lots of water, at least 6 oz every time you nurse.
    Nurse frequently, at least every two hours
    Take brewers yeast tabs or fenugreek tabs
    Have lots of skin-to-skin contact with your baby
    Our bodies are truly magical; the amount and compostion of our breastmilk changes with out bodies needs.

    Answer by rkoloms at 7:40 PM on Jun. 13, 2009

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