Can Babies Aged 0-6 Months Replace Formula Milk?

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I want to ask if the baby is 1 week old first to drink SGM formula milk and then replace it with another product, is that okay? (no allergies to cow’s milk)

1 Answer:

Hi Salsa,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Need to be clarified, are you the mother of the baby? Are there any obstacles you are experiencing so that you do not give your baby milk? Have you consulted the formula milk directly with the doctor who examined your baby?


At the age of less than 1 year, ideally the baby is not given additional milk other than breast milk, except if there are urgent indications underlying it, for example if the mother dies or is seriously ill so unable to breastfeed her baby, while a suitable donor has not been found. Even in this condition, formula feeding needs to be consulted first by a doctor or pediatrician. Because, the needs and suitability of each baby in digesting formula milk can be different. Inappropriate formula feeding is very risky for the baby to experience health problems, for example allergies (usually characterized by itchy skin, bruntusan, swelling), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, colic, constipation, or problems with nutrition (for example malnutrition or even overweight) .


Breastfeeding babies has a variety of benefits, not only for babies, but also your baby as a parent. With breast milk, the baby will be more optimal body endurance and the risk for experiencing diseases such as allergies, digestive disorders, viral or bacterial infections, and aspiration (choking) will be much smaller. Breastfeeding is also useful for the mother because it helps accelerate the burning of calories, so her weight can return to ideal postpartum. By breastfeeding, indirectly, you can also minimize pregnancy with a distance that is too close (natural KB). The contact you build with your baby while breastfeeding can also increase your emotional closeness.


Therefore, if there are no urgent conditions that make you unable to breastfeed your baby with breast milk, we urge you to do relactation (breastfeeding again), rather than dizzy thinking about what formula milk is right for your baby. Here are some steps you can do:

Stop giving formula milk with a pacifier, replace it with a spoon, cup feeder, or dropper so that the baby is not confused nipples
Breastfeed your milk 1 to 3 hours once, store it in the right way
Drink more, eat nutritious foods, and don't stress to increase milk production
After your milk production increases, begin to teach your baby to suckle directly from your breasts
After your milk savings savings increase, replace formula milk with breast milk, keep giving it with the right media, don't teat
After your baby is adept at breastfeeding, increase the frequency of breastfeeding directly from the breast, reducing breastfeeding
If you work, continue to milk your milk, then save, and give to the baby through the right media
Avoid giving food or drinks other than breast milk to babies before the age of 6 months

If the steps above have not been successful, do not hesitate to ask for help from a lactation consultant doctor at the nearest health facility.


I hope this helps.

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