Do I Have To Supplement With Formula?

Kathleen Tackett's picture


Dear Lactation Consultant,
Our baby is 4½ months old and was breastfeeding exclusively (from birth) until about 2 weeks ago, after she had her 4 month check up and shots. Our pediatrician told us after her first appointment out of the hospital that because she would be breastfed exclusively, that between 4 and 6 months of age, we would need to start supplementing with cow's milk formula, which we've done.

Breastfeeding Problems

Armin Brott's picture


Dear Mr. Dad,
My wife gave birth two weeks ago and been trying to nurse our son ever since. We always thought that breastfeeding was going to be so easy and so natural but every feeding seems to cause my wife more pain. We've read a lot about the benefits of breastfeeding and both agree that it would be the best thing for our baby, but my wife is about to give up altogether. Is there anything I can do to help?

Starting Solid Foods

Pediatric societies around the world recommend exclusive breastfeeding to about six months. Most babies do fine with exclusive breastfeeding to six months of age or even a little longer. You should start your baby on solids when s/he shows signs of being ready for solids, not by the calendar.