How mixed breastfeeding works and why some mothers make this choice: all about the techniques for alternating breast and formula milk
For mixed breastfeeding we mean a method of breastfeeding which consists in alternating the breast and the bottle in the feeding of the newborn. It may happen that the new mother is forced to consider mixed breastfeeding in the following cases:
when the milky whipping is late in coming
when the addition is necessary because the mother’s milk does not seem to be sufficient to feed the baby adequately;
when the baby is not growing as it should;
if the mother has fallen ill and is at risk of transmitting the disease to the child;
if the mother has to go back to work;
when you have twins.
In any case, to understand the doses and how to undertake a mixed breastfeeding it is always good to contact the pediatrician who will be able to give useful information on how to proceed.
Complementary mixed breastfeeding
L’complementary mixed breastfeeding it consists of giving the baby both mother’s milk and formula milk in the same feed. In this way the breasts and mammary gland will be stimulated by sucking and will continue to produce milk. Complementary breastfeeding is recommended by most pediatricians, where there is no need or willingness on the part of the mother to start gradually detaching the baby from the breast to introduce him to weaning.
Advice for complementary mixed breastfeeding
How to proceed with complementary mixed breastfeeding? Here are the tips for breast and bottle feeding your baby:
- attach to the breast first the baby at each feeding and leave it attached for about a quarter of an hour, in order to continue to stimulate the production of breast milk which, as we know, is favored precisely by the baby’s sucking and attachment;
- then give the bottle with formulated milk, keeping it well tilted so as to completely fill the milk teat and prevent the entry of air into the baby’s mouth and therefore into the stomach, this will reduce the risk of intestinal gas and colic;
even when giving the bottle maintain eye contact with the baby, keep it tight, snuggled, because the feeding time is always the best time to establish a close and intimate relationship between mother and baby, and it doesn’t matter if the milk is maternal or formulated.
Alternating mixed breastfeeding
For alternating mixed breastfeeding we mean a technique that involves alternating the breast and the bottle in the various feedings. This is a choice generally made by mothers who have to return to work at the end of maternity leave and who will therefore be away from home for a few hours, or when the child begins to move towards six months and therefore towards weaning.
Not latching the baby to the breast at every feed, as we know, will cause the mammary gland to produce less milk.
Mixed breastfeeding, problems
To minimize the risk of problems with mixed breastfeeding, it is advisable to start gradually and introduce change with serenity:
ask the pediatrician what type of formulated milk to use;
buy the milk powder and not what is already in liquid form because it must be consumed within 24 hours and you risk overdoing the doses so as not to have to throw away the leftover milk;
to start with a single feeding of bottle a day, the baby does not always like the taste of the new milk and does not always like to latch on to it teat of the baby bottle which, although made in a precise way and in such a way as to resemble the mother’s breast as much as possible, remain cold, tasteless and odorless;
if you prefer you can feed with the milk formulated there evening before going to bed, formula milk usually fills and satisfies more and by giving him the bottle we are sure that the baby will have taken the right amount of milk, he will probably sleep longer;
alternatively you can start by giving the bottle to the afternoon feeding, as a snack, and leave the breast for the morning and evening.
Mixed nursing bottle
Since the teat plays a fundamental role in making the baby like to latch on to the bottle, it is good to make some attempts before choosing the definitive one. There are various types: silicone, latex, softer or more rigid. It is worth doing some tests to understand which is the teat that convinces our baby the most.
The bottle must be anti-colic, in such a way as to reduce the introduction of air during sucking as much as possible and thus avoid colic.
There are on the market baby bottle specially designed formixed breastfeeding: their teat has an anatomical shape that resembles the nipple and they come with a valve, which not only acts as an anti-colic, but forces the baby to suck with more force and energy, just as it should when latching on to the breast. This prevents the baby from getting used to the fact that with the bottle the milk comes out immediately, easily and without any effort and then maybe refuses to latch on to the breast.
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