Introducing Formula Feed to your Baby
The formula feed has to be introduces with caution and we do not have to get haphazard if the formula does not suit the baby. It is just a sign the baby is either sensitive or strong and can handle the formula accordingly. Just keep looking for the signs in the little one.
When do doctors think the baby should be formula fed?
- If the baby starts to lose more than 10% of its weight in the first few days of its life. It is evident that the baby is malnourished despite of taking the breast milk. In such a situation doctor recommends mothers to feed their babies organic infant formula.
- If the baby gains and looses body weight slower than expected the baby might be malnourished or need some extra nutrients to cater its growth.
- If the baby is urinating less. The average baby will wet 6 or more than six diapers a day. If less the doctor will recommend the baby formula feed.
- If after having the breast milk the baby is still fussy and want more. That means the feed wasn’t filler in this case you can use baby formula to fill the little baby’s tummy.
What are some of the transition strategies you should opt for?
- Mixing both breast milk and formula feed is not a good idea. The breast milk is not meant for wastage as the baby might not like the taste and the pumped milk will go waste. You can first serve the baby breast milk and supplement it with formula feed.
- Start with 1-2 bottles of organic formula feed per day.
- Add more bottles of organic baby formula slowly.
- Breast milk can be pumped and stores in freezer for over a year and be fit for usage.
What effects will the supplementing formula feed have on the baby?
- The baby in the starting might refuse the bottle of formula feed and feel the need to cocoon in its mother’s breasts.
- But with time when it is habitual of the bottle it might refuse to be fed from the mother’s bosoms and be exclusively bottle fed.
- The bowel movement and the color of the stool will change. No longer will the baby excreting green, seedy, liquid stools. The baby’s stool will be harder and the baby might be constipated or have tummy troubles, for that, as stated above use different kinds of organic formulas before settling for one and moving up in its stages.
- The wait time between the feeds will gradually move up as the baby is being fed a filling diet that it will take time to digest.