supplementing

Do I Have To Supplement With Formula?

Kathleen Tackett's picture

QUESTION

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.

Finger and Cup Feeding

Finger feeding is a method that helps train the baby to take the breast. It can also be used to avoid artificial nipples, but its primary purpose is to help latch on a baby who refuses to latch on. Cup feeding, which is is better than a bottle, should be used to feed a baby who is not yet taking the breast.

Need Help With Supply

Kathleen Tackett's picture

QUESTION

Dear Lactation Consultant,
It's been 10 days since the birth of our baby girl. My breast milk took about five days to come in. Our baby wouldn't latch on to me because of my flat nipples. I was given nipple shells, but she didn't like those either. Since then I've been pumping with a double breast pump and bottle feeding in order to supplement with formula since I wasn't producing enough milk.