For a few new mothers, breast feeding is a challenge and in some cases, it can appear to be nearly impossible. Stress, illness and previous surgeries are just a few of the reasons that a new mother may under-produce breast milk. For those who have recently given birth and find out that, despite the best efforts, you are not producing enough breast milk, you ought to talk to your pediatrician about supplementing your breastfeeding with baby formula. It can be a bitter pill but when, like me, you find that the baby is still hungry at the conclusion of a feeding, choosing to supplement is actually a complete no-brainer.
If your baby is not showing any obvious warning signs of allergies or sensitivities (gas, diarrhea and also the like) you can begin with any cow’s milk based brand that appeals to you. Keep in mind that all formulas sold in the united states are governed through the FDA so that you can be certain the nutrition guidelines are similar from brand to brand. Similac, Enfamil, Nestle or (and i also wish this had been available when I was supplementing my baby) organic brands like Horizon are common fine places to begin. We used powdered formula and bottles with disposable inserts for mixing however, you can also buy formula in super convenient ready to use bottles and concentrated liquid formulas which you can mix quickly with water. Obviously, work within your economics and hectic schedule but once your child is established on formula, you can switch between these different types since you need to.
Once you pick a formula, it won’t take long to find out if your infant doesn’t like it or if it doesn’t agree with her system. She will explain unequivocally with fussing, crying, turning her head away from the bottle, spitting up, vomiting or with some truly awful diapers and gas. Definitely consult your doctor on this however you may need to change to a formula with low or no lactose or one created using soy milk. In every case, never, ever try to feed your baby regular cow’s milk or soy milk… they are not really nutritionally complete enough for any developing baby.
Should you can, you should continue to let your infant breastfeed before offering a bottle. To me, it worked something like this: I would personally make up a bottle first, then sit down with my baby to breast feed. When he lost interest in breastfeeding, I might offer him the bottle and, if he took it right away, I would let him drink the maximum amount of of the bottle while he wanted. Bear in mind lumovz sucking formula coming from a bottle is far more easy than getting it from your breast that your baby might become “lazy” about breastfeeding so always breastfeed first and stay absolutely sure they are making an attempt before you offer the bottle.
Finally, how can you know should your baby is getting enough formula? Not surprisingly, you are going to know if you are feeding your child enough formula by looking for the similar warning signs of satiation that you just do with breast feeding: sleepiness, falling the bottle and what every mother might call slight “intoxication.” In the end, the very best thing you can do is trust your instincts and not worry excessive, anyway. After all, we’re referring to our babies!