Supplementing with formula when breastfeeding

For mothers who feel like they might not have enough breastmilk, supplementing with formula might not be the best answer. Registered nurse and lactation consultant shares comforting advice about what mothers can do in this situation.
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Supplementing with formula when breastfeeding

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If a mom determines that she has enough milk, the idea of supplementing with formula is not a good one breast milk is the best food for her baby. It is better not to introduce formula. One of the things that happens is that breast milk will diminish as she begins to supplement with formula, especially moms who do that during the night to get their babies to sleep longer. We know that more breast milk is created when a mother breastfeeds throughout the night. That is what babies are made to do, is to nurse and wake up frequently throughout the night.

For mothers who feel like they might not have enough breastmilk, supplementing with formula might not be the best answer. Registered nurse and lactation consultant shares comforting advice about what mothers can do in this situation.

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Jennifer Davidson, RN, BSC, IBCLC

RN & Lactation Consultant

Jennifer Davidson, RN, BSN, IBCLC, earned her AA degree in early childhood education and taught preschool for two years. She returned to college and received a bachelor's degree in Nursing. After completing school, she worked as a pediatric nurse at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for ten years. During this time she got married and gave birth to a beautiful son who changed her life. Jennifer realized she did not want to return to the same long hours that would take her away from her family. When Jennifer was offered a part-time job as an RN at the progressive pediatric office of Dr. Jay Gordon and Linda Nussbaum in Santa Monica, she accepted it and has been there for 18 years.

Somewhere after birthing and nursing another wonderful son, Jennifer discovered a new passion and began helping other mothers with breastfeeding problems. She completed the extensive training to become a lactation consultant and for the last eight years has been the breastfeeding specialist in the pediatric office. Jennifer has the wonderful opportunity of following women from their pregnancy throughout their breastfeeding journey. She is able to intimately know the women and their stories. Most important, Jennifer learns with the women how best to draw out their own knowledge in creating a successful breastfeeding experience. Repeatedly she has found that helping a woman trust her own instincts builds the most confidence and leads to the most success.

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