Mixed breastfeeding is a feeding method increasingly chosen by mothers to feed their baby. To read all our tips to succeed.
What is mixed breastfeeding?
Mixed breastfeeding is the combination of breastfeeding and the use of infant formula or bottle-fed milk ... This is called non-exclusive breastfeeding as opposed to breastfeeding. exclusive breastfeeding.
For some moms, mixed breastfeeding may be an early or secondary choice with multiple and sometimes very personal reasons. It can also be indicated by a health professional if the baby's weight growth is insufficient, and in this case may be transient time to "restimulate" the milk supply of the mother.
It is also sometimes brutally imposed when the mother has a temporary contraindication to breastfeeding (medication, surgery ...) and she could not have anticipated by putting aside her milk.
Whatever the reason for choosing a combination breastfeeding: do not feel guilty! It is better to initiate and prolong a mixed breastfeeding than to not breastfeed at all!
But how exactly is mixed breastfeeding? When and how can we put it in place? How many feedings are recommended? And what are the benefits - and potential risks of mixed breastfeeding?Discover in this folder all you need to know about mixed breastfeeding as well as our practical tips to make sure that everything goes well for you and your baby!
But before, remember some facts (and benefits) concerning breast milk ...
Recall of the benefits of breastfeeding
The benefits of breastfeeding are recognized, breast milk is totally adapted to the needs of the newborn then the infant. Since milk production is triggered by nipple suction, it is constantly adjusted to the baby's needs. Also, the composition of breast milk adapts during the feeding - and feeding to another - to provide all the necessary nutrients to the baby.
WHO (World Health Organization) recommends breastfeeding for 6 months.
Mixed feeding allows the child to benefit from some of the nutritional properties and biological factors specific to women's milk.You want to react, to give your testimony or to ask a question? Appointment in our FORUMS Baby, Infantile Diseases or A doctor answers you !
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Authors: Marla Gulamo de Morais and Dr. Virginie Rigourd, pediatrician at the Necker Hospital and doctor in charge of the Lactarium of Ile-de-France.