What will happen if I mix feed my baby?
That, except for breastmilk, any food or drink taken before the age of 6 months may injure the baby’s young gut in different ways and cause diarrhoea, allergies, etc. That mixed feeding (i.e. breastmilk with any other food, drink or formula) is the worst option as HIV can easily invade an injured gut.
Why is mixed feeding not recommended?
Regular mixed feeding might make it more difficult to keep breastfeeding because it can interfere with keeping up a good supply of breastmilk. So if you’re thinking about supplementing with formula, it’s important to talk about it first with your midwife, child and family health nurse, lactation consultant or GP.
What are the side effects of mix feeding?
Reasons for mixed feeding
- having sore, cracked or bleeding nipples.
- painful, blocked ducts in the breasts.
- mastitis, an inflammation of the breast that can cause pain and flu-like symptoms.
- oral thrush and/or breast and nipple thrush.
Is it OK to breastfeed during day and formula at night?
Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding until a baby is at least six months old, supplementing with formula also has benefits. 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.
How do you combo feed a baby?
What to do:
- Introduce a bottle early, but not too early.
- Start slowly, use the right nipple, relax and enlist help.
- Do not force your baby to bottle feed.
- When dealing with bottle refusal, be patient.
- Prevent uncomfortable engorgement, leaking and clogged ducts.
- Maintain your milk supply while giving formula.
How does combination feeding help the baby?
This will help to increase your milk production as well as encourage your baby to feed from the breast. It may also help to choose a time when you’re baby is relaxed, alert and not too hungry. You may need to increase your breast milk supply by expressing after you have breastfed.