Precautions for mixed feeding
If your breast milk is insufficient, or if your baby has an adverse reaction to exclusive breast milk, you may choose to mix-feed, and add nutritious milk powder to your baby while breastfeeding. Mixed feeding may be a challenge for novice mothers. Knowing the precautions for mixed feeding will help you better mixed feeding your baby.
1. Try not to give up breastfeeding
Because breast milk is the most beneficial to your baby's health, try not to give up breastfeeding during mixed feeding. If you can let your baby suck the nipples more, at the same time, maintain a happy mood, have firm confidence, and value your own nutrition, you can probably continue breastfeeding.
Even if the baby does not refuse to eat the bottle, it is recommended that you do not rely on formula milk too early and too much. If the method is right, mixed feeding can be temporary. After your breast milk is sufficient, you don't need to add formula milk powder.
2. Feed regularly
Breast-fed babies are best to breastfeed as needed, and formula-fed babies can eat according to a fixed rule. Therefore, you should also pay attention to mixed feeding babies and try to feed them regularly. After adding formula milk, the baby's feeding interval will be longer than that of breastfeeding by 0.5 to 1 hour. Regular eating is conducive to the baby's nutrient absorption. Although the amount of milk your baby eats will change a little, the time interval will not change much.
3. Proper hydration
For babies of one or two months old, if the mother's milk supply is sufficient, even if it is mixed feeding, there is generally no need for additional water supplements. But if the weather is hot or dry, consider giving your baby some water. Like formula-fed babies, mixed-fed babies are usually hydrated between feedings. One or two months old babies only need to drink a small amount of boiled water, 10~20ml. You can use a bottle or spoon to feed it.