How Can I Combine Breast and Bottle Feeding?

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Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I'm expecting a baby and plan to both breast feed and bottle feed. There has been a lot of controversy in the news regarding what formulas consumers should avoid. What would you recommend?

ANSWER

The ideal would be for you to give your baby nothing but breast milk from the breast for the first two weeks (no pacifiers, either) to build up your milk supply. Then start pumping breast milk--it keeps 2 months in the freezer (or 6 months in a chest-type deep freeze). Whenever you need to give your baby a bottle just give it breast milk. Then you won't have to worry about what kind of formula is not okay. A good breast pump is cheaper than formula, and it is definitely best for both you and baby. It will take you about 10 minutes with a good pump to empty both breasts.

I'm sorry I don't know the answer to your question about which formula is best. You will need to talk to your pediatrician who will suggest the best one for your baby if that's the way you choose to go.

-- Cynthia, CNM