Going back to work
For some working moms finding time or a place to pump at work may be too difficult or stressful. For others it may be that their breast milk supply decreased from the stress and change of returning to work.
Either way, without a stockpile of breast milk stored in the freezer, it may be helpful to supplement your infant’s diet with baby formula.
Low Breastmilk Supply
For reasons such as a previous breast surgery, thyroid imbalances or other medical conditions your breast milk supply may not be where you would like. Many women for a variety of reasons experience low breastmilk supply.
After consulting with a lactation consultant and/or your doctor, you may find a need to supplement with infant formula.
Your Partner Wants to Participate
In many families it is important for each parent to take part in infant feedings. By allowing your partner to give your baby a bottle of formula they too can share in the closeness and bonding of this special time.
Medical Issues or Doctor Recommendations
There are times when a physician recommends supplementing a breastfed baby with baby formula. Supplementation may be for a short period or an extended period of time.
Some of the reasons are as follows:
- If a baby is born prematurely
- For an infant that was born with a severe tongue tie or cleft palate that makes latching difficult
- If a newborn loses more than 10% of their body weight in the first week of life
- If a newborn has a hard time maintaining a healthy weight
- Concern that a baby is having less than six wet diapers in a 24-hour period
Maintaining a large enough breastmilk supply for more than one infant can be challenging. Breastfeeding multiples can also be physically and emotionally draining.
Letting someone else give your littles a bottle of baby formula one or two times a day may just be the perfect break you need to recharge.
For some moms a combination of breastfeeding and formula feeding is just a personal preference.