Can I give my breastfed baby a bottle of formula?

Giving your baby formula in addition to breastfeeding is called supplementing. It’s completely OK and perfectly safe to do, and many families choose this type of combination feeding method, whether out of necessity (e.g., low breast milk supply), convenience, or simply a personal choice.

Can I give my breastfed baby one bottle of formula at night?

Short answer – no. As mentioned above, breastmilk is so easily digested that breastfed babies will wake frequently to feed in the early months. They are biologically programmed this way for their survival. However, it is possible to reduce the amount of night waking and eventually, help baby sleep through the night.

Can a baby be bottle fed and breastfed?

It can take several weeks for you and your baby to feel happy and confident with breastfeeding. Once you’ve both got the hang of it, it’s usually possible to offer your baby bottles of expressed milk or formula alongside breastfeeding. This is sometimes called mixed or combination feeding.

Can I breastfeed during the day and bottle feed at night?

Breastfeeding during the day and bottle-feeding at night allows you to get more sleep since it lets your partner participate more in feeding your infant. Babies who receive enough formula at night also may not require the vitamin D supplementation like infants who are exclusively breastfed.

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Do formula babies sleep longer?

Three studies have indicated that adding solids or formula to the diet does not cause babies to sleep longer. These studies found no difference in the sleep patterns of babies who received solids before bedtime when compared to babies who were not given solids.

The disadvantages of mix feeding

Breast milk works best on a supply and demand basis; with the more your baby feeds the more milk your body produces. Mix feeding your baby therefore may affect your milk supply meaning that you produce less and that your milk supply may eventually dry up.

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