L.P. asks from Geneva, IL on April 02, 2007
Breastmilk Mixed with Formula?
Is it OK to mix breastmilk with formula? I am weening off pumping at work during the day, and am only getting about 2-3 oz. Is it OK to mix those 2-3 oz with 2-3oz of formula for a bottle the next day?
So What Happened?™
Gosh, mixed reviews. I did decide to try it today, mixed, and we will see if she likes it or not. She may turn it away and that will be my answer. I also agree with EBM being precious and would not want to waste it if she doesn't finish the bottle. Fortunately, we haven't had problems with her not finishing a bottle...yet. But that is a very good point. I may try two bottles (one with BM and one with Formula) in the future.
Thanks for all of your feedback!!
V.W. answers from Bloomington on April 03, 2007
It is Ok to mix breastmilk and formula. When my son was being weaned he didn't care for the taste of formula so we mixed it with breast milk for a few weeks till he got used to the taste.
J.A. answers from Chicago on April 03, 2007
Yes - I was pumping with my 2nd and was not producing enouph, when I spoke to his ped. she told me to mix it. I never had a problem and he is now a health 1 yr old. I would make the mixed bottle and have a back up formula bottle to be certain that he had all the bm. It is a little more work but at least I knew he finished the bm.
L.G. answers from Chicago on April 02, 2007
No, you should save up a couple of pumpings of breastmilk and combine them into one larger bottle and then have a separate bottle of formula.
E.S. answers from Chicago on April 03, 2007
I would say to give her the breastmilk first and then give her the formula right after. So have two bottles ready. If you mix the two, you may waste the breastmilk if she doesn't finish the milk.
C. answers from Chicago on April 02, 2007
It is recommended not to mix breast milk and formula together, but rather feed the 2-3 oz. of breast milk and then the 2-3 oz. of formula. Plus, if your baby happens not to finish the bottle, the breast milk does not go wasted.
C.G. answers from Chicago on April 02, 2007
Contrary to what the PP have said, I believe it is best to mix the formula and breast milk. It helps make an easier transition for baby. It's the same way you change formulas- you should mix them and gradually switch.
K.F. answers from Chicago on April 03, 2007
My daughter was also born in September 2006, and I just recently weaned her. I have read that it is not safe to mix formula and breast milk in the same bottle. They need to be kept seperate. For a while my daughter was getting some feedings of breast milk and some of formula, and she had some loose stools because of it, but no other problems. Now she is on formula and baby food, and she does not have anymore loose stools. Good luck!
N.P. answers from Chicago on April 02, 2007
I was told at the NICU that it is okay to mix breastmilk and formula as along as your formula is 20 calories per ounce as that is the same as breastmilk. We mixed and it was fine. If you find that it is bothering your baby then maybe alternate with BM and formula. Congrats.
L.R. answers from Chicago on April 02, 2007
Yes, I did it and had no problem. Like you, I wasn't producing enough to feed my daughter and found the only way I could continue giving her breastmilk was to also supplement with the formula. Eventually, I had to switch over to formula and the transition was easier because I had mixed them.