6 Guidelines for Providing Combination of Breast Milk and Formula Milk
Some mothers choose to give breast milk (ASI) and formula milk alternately to the baby. There are various reasons for mothers to do this, one of which is due to substandard milk production. If you plan to breastfeed together with formula milk, let’s read the following guidelines.
Mother needs to know, the production of breast milk will naturally follow the needs of the baby. So, in fact the Mother does not need to worry about your child experiencing lack of breast milk. If you are still in doubt, you can consult your pediatrician about whether or not to give formula milk in addition.
Guide to Breastfeeding and Formula Milk
Combining breastfeeding and infant formula is not always easy to do. The reasons range from the different sensations felt by babies when consuming formula milk from a bottle with direct breastfeeding, to the difference in the taste of breast milk and formula.
The following guidelines for breastfeeding and formula milk you can do:
1. Stabilize breastfeeding first
Giving formula milk at the beginning of breastfeeding can make the mother’s body automatically also limits the production of breast milk. In addition, babies are also not accustomed to breastfeeding effectively. Mother is recommended to keep trying to give exclusive breastfeeding for the first 4-6 weeks after your baby is born.
2. Do it gradually
When will start trying to give formula milk as a complement to breast milk, Mother needs to gradually begin to reduce breastfeeding, so that the breast does not become swollen and experience mastitis.
Give at least 3-7 days, until the breasts can adapt to the reduced need for breast milk and reduce production. On the other hand, babies need time to accept the difference in the taste of formula milk with breast milk. Likewise with changes in bottle feeding with direct breastfeeding.
3. Start by changing one time giving milk
The combination of breastfeeding and formula milk does not mean they are mixed at one time. You can start by replacing one of the breastfeeding times by giving formula milk.
Many mothers replace breastfeeding at night with formula milk in a bottle. While working mothers may give formula milk during the day, and only breastfeed directly in the morning and evening.
4. Choose the right time
When giving a bottle of formula for the first time, look for a time when Little was calm and happy, Bun, not when he is hungry. It would be better if formula milk was not given by Mother, so that Little One can distinguish it from breastfeeding activities. If this cannot be done, Mother can carry her in a different position from when breastfeeding.
5. Easier after supplementary feeding
It would be easier if formula milk was introduced when the baby was over 6 months old, because he might have been able to drink from a cup, not from a bottle. At this time, the frequency and level of breast milk consumed by the baby will decrease by itself, when he starts eating complementary foods (breast milk). Mother can also begin to give Little Water as a distraction.
6. Stay patient try
If your child refuses to be given formula milk, maybe you can try again later or with a different bottle shape. Babies may refuse to drink milk from a bottle because they already feel comfortable and are accustomed to breastfeeding. Conversely, babies who drink more often from a bottle may no longer want to suckle from the breast.
With the above guidelines, it is hoped that Mother can combine milk and formula milk more easily. If your child seems uncomfortable or constipated after consuming formula, you should immediately stop giving formula milk and consult this to your pediatrician. You can also take advantage of lactation consulting services at the nearest hospital or health facility.