Though generally not encouraged for breastfeeding infants in their first 6 months of life, there are times when a mother may be advised to temporarily supplement feeding her baby breast milk with formula from a bottle, including:
- When the mother is too ill after giving birth to breastfeed
- When a newborn requires specialized medical care due to premature birth or a life-threatening condition that precludes breastfeeding
- When a doctor determines that an infant is not gaining enough weight through nursing alone to maintain health.
Follow your pediatrician’s instructions on when to supplement with formula and how much your baby will need.
Supplemental feeding may also be necessary if you have had breast augmentation or reduction surgery. This can result in a reduced breast milk supply if milk ducts or nerves were cut during the procedure. Breastfeeding is still possible, but supplementing with formula may be necessary. Talk with a lactation specialist about your breastfeeding options if you have had this surgery.
This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.
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