Can I Mix Formula With Breast Milk?
Hello doc, I want to ask? Thank God I just have children, now only 2 weeks old. In the first week I gave formula milk mixed with the effect of defecation smoothly a day can be 2-3 times .. In the second week I was still given formula milk but not mixed with the effect of defecating only once a day. The first and second week use different formula milk. What happened above is one example of a baby’s incompatibility with formula milk or is there any other information? Please provide information and solutions, thank you
Thank you for the question.
At the age of your baby who is not even 6 months, it is not advisable to provide additional milk other than breast milk, unless it is recommended by the doctor. Therefore, the digestive system of children of this age is still very sensitive, so that improper supplementation of milk can risk causing it to experience indigestion. Changes in the bowel pattern of your child can be one of the symptoms. Not only that, in some cases, improper supplementation of milk can also make a baby nausea, vomiting, flatulence, colic, diarrhea, constipation, loose or bleeding stools, skin itching, swelling or redness, tightness, irritation growth, and many other complaints.
Before it's too late, it's a good idea to breastfeed your baby with exclusive breastfeeding. Indeed, in the early days after childbirth, breast milk production is often still low, making many mothers worry. However, you don't need to hesitate, as long as you routinely breastfeed your baby, and as long as your baby grows normally as is his age, meaning that the milk you produce is enough to meet your baby's needs.
Here are our suggestions:
Feed your baby frequently (1-2 hours) directly from your breast
Expand to drink and eat nutritiously, keep your emotions stable, take time to rest when tired, and do not think too much so that milk production continues to increase
After stable milk production, milk your milk every 2 hours, then store it in the right way, so that it can be given to the baby when needed, for example if you are sick, if you are tired, or also if you have to travel
Avoid using pacifiers, both in giving milk and giving formula milk (in the early days you learned to breastfeed). Instead, you can use a spoon or cupfeeder to prevent nipple confusion.
If after completing the above steps you are still having difficulty breastfeeding your baby, try to see your doctor, lactation counselor, pediatrician, or obstetrician to find the best solution, ok?
I hope this helps.