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is it ok to feed my 1 1/2 month baby formula if im breastfeeding him

the reason i want to do this is to get him full because hes awake most of the night fussing i dont think hes getting full! hellp!

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jacobsmommy1029

Asked by jacobsmommy1029 at 3:02 AM on Dec. 4, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • my two month old is strictly breastfed. i just took apart time job so she gets formula twice a week while im at work because all of my pumped milk i freeze. Its perfectly safe just check with your doctor to find out what brand and kind is best for the baby
    newmommyjazz

    Answer by newmommyjazz at 3:11 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • thank u for the advice im actually gonna go back too work next month so gonna be in ur situation :)
    jacobsmommy1029

    Comment by jacobsmommy1029 (original poster) at 3:19 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • Check out the breastfeeding group here on Cafemom. There's no reason to pump if you're not going to feed it to the baby.
    Formula may not hurt the baby but it can affect your supply. Formula will not help your child sleep longer.
    dmdblleb

    Answer by dmdblleb at 3:48 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • yup
    admckenzie

    Answer by admckenzie at 8:29 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • It's ok if you're ok with it, but keep in mind that it probably won't help. If your baby is waking to nurse, especially at this young age, he's doing so because he needs to eat. Their stomachs are TINY and designed to hold a small amount. As you could imagine, with a tiny stomach, it needs to be filled frequently, rather then stuffed once before bed. I have no issue with you using formula if that is what you want, but I don't think it's a good idea to use formula to keep a newborn from waking at night. They need the frequent feeds.
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 12:43 PM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • There is no guarantee that formula is gonna get him to sleep through the night. If you start introducing formula your milk supply will never meet the demands because it is about supply and demand. If your baby is nursing more you will produce more milk. You can do what works for you. However cutting back on nursing will cut back on supply there for you will need to give the baby more formula then you will have less milk. I am pretty sure you can see where this is gonna go.
    mmmegan38

    Answer by mmmegan38 at 1:41 PM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • I would not recommend doing so but the decision is up to you. Formula can put a child into a deeper sleep sometimes but the reasoning is not the best. The baby gets into that sleep because the body has to shut down certain function so it can use that energy to digest the formula. In general using formula to make a baby sleep longer is an old wives tale. It also can be counterproductive to an EBF child. Formula is very harsh on the digestive system and can cause lots of problems that can lead to a more wakeful, very cranky child that can often be in pain. If you want to keep up your breastfeeding relationship you should be pumping during any bottle feedings because not pumping while baby is to be fed will effect your production.

    mama_l

    Answer by mama_l at 4:09 PM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • 6 week olds are supposed to wake frequently at night. They're also supposed to act like starving little monsters who can't get enough to eat. That's how they increase your supply. He's probably in a growth spurt and it will pass in a few days. Giving formula during this time will sabotage his effort to increase your supply and then you really *won't* make enough milk for him.

    Just nurse on demand, co-sleep, hang in there, it WILL get better.
    LeanneC

    Answer by LeanneC at 4:45 PM on Dec. 4, 2010

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