Updated on 29 November 2022
Some moms have a good milk supply and choose to exclusively breastfeed their infants. Others have a low supply and worry about what to feed the baby when there is no breast milk.
Some popular FAQs on breastfeeding and formula feeding have been answered below.
Yes. You can safely use both breastmilk and formula feeding at the same time. Some moms breastfeed during the day and formula-feed the baby at night.
You can use 75ml of formula for every pound of your baby's weight. Do check in with your paediatrician for confirmation.
Feeding the baby whenever he/she is hungry is called on-demand feeding. Babies usually need to be fed every 2 to 3 hours.
Each baby has a different appetite and it is common for a newborn to feed once every 2 to 3 hours. You should bond well with your baby to understand his/her feeding needs.
Newborns usually need to be fed once every 2 to 3 hours and they take naps after each feeding session. You will understand your baby's eating and sleeping patterns after some time.
You can feed your baby whenever he/she is hungry or at regular intervals of 2 to 3 hours. Look out for visible cues of hunger like sucking and prepare their feed.
Yes, you can. Rope in your partner to take care of the nighttime feedings and sleep undisturbed.
Reasons for combination feeding
Mixed feeding allows moms to get some rest and sleep undisturbed. But, breastmilk supply may decrease if the mom does not express milk.
Working moms can partially wean their infants by giving them formula milk when they are busy/at work. They can breastfeed at home at a convenient time or use expressed milk.
Partial weaning may cause a reduction in breast milk production. If you continue to express milk at regular intervals then there might not be any change.
Parents of 75% of babies who are over 6 months old choose to use formula milk for feeding them.
Formula-fed babies get lesser breast milk for feeding. But breastfeeding even a couple of times a day is still beneficial for your baby.
For combination feeding, you need to choose a baby bottle with a nipple that resembles a natural nipple. This helps to avoid nipple confusion for the baby.
You can mix in your breastmilk with formula but do not substitute it for water. Add in a little breast milk with the formula and use it within an hour of mixing it.
You can feed your baby whenever he/she gets hungry or fussy. You can consult your paediatrician or use 75ml of formula for every 1lb of your baby's weight.
Create a schedule that works for you and your baby. You can breastfeed during the day and formula feed at night or vice versa. You can also use breastfeeding and formula both for the baby throughout the day.
Here is an example of a combination feeding schedule of a 6-month-old baby
Bottle feeding throughout the night when needed.
Money-saving tips for moms buying formula
As a parent, you should choose what is best suited for your baby - breastfeeding, formula milk, or combination feeding. Keep your paediatrician informed about the baby's feeding habits and monitor his/her weight regularly.
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