It so happens that the mother has to feed the baby with a mixture, this type of feeding is called mixed. Let's find out in what cases it is really necessary to feed a mixture, how to organize mixed feeding correctly, how not to lose milk.
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What is mixed feeding and when is it necessary?
Mixed feeding (SV)- This is the type of feeding in which the baby receives mother's milk and formula. It is believed that when mixed feeding the volume of the mixture, which the child receives, should not exceed 50% of the entire diet. If the baby gets more than 50% of the mixture, then they are already talking about artificial feeding.
Irina Kolpakova, pediatrician, homeopath - Homeopathic Center named. Demyana Popova:"It is recommended to feed the child with a mixture in different cases: when the mother’s milk is not enough to saturate the child; when the mother is working and the milk expressed by her is not enough to feed the baby; when, for health reasons, the child needs to be fed special or therapeutic mixtures."
Basic rules for mixed feeding
On the basic rules of mixed feeding today tells usIrina Kolpakova, pediatrician, homeopath of the Homeopathic Center named. Demyana Popova.
Mixed feeding rules:
1.At the beginning of each feeding, the baby receives the maximum possibleportion of mother's milkand only at the end of feeding - supplementation in the form of a mixture. The only exceptions are medical mixtures, in the case of a doctor's prescription to use them before breast milk.
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2.The mixture is recommended to give the child a spoon, as using it from bottles can negate breastfeeding. There is a so-called "nipple confusion." The child, after meeting with a bottle, may begin to attach to the breast differently, as a result, it is wrong and ineffective to suck. Also, the child is able to feel the difference between food from the bottle and from the mother's breast and make a choice in favor of the bottle, since it is more difficult to suck milk from the breast.
3.Whenever possiblemaximum breastfeedingespecially at night and in the morning. After all, night time is the period of maximum production of the hormone prolactin, which stimulates lactation. This means that during this period of time, milk is produced more and putting the baby to the breast during these hours contributes to an increase in milk production in the future.
4.In all ways, with the help of a breastfeeding consultantestablish lactation and return to breastfeedingchild without the use of mixtures.
Also manybreastfeeding specialists advise: if you give the entire amount of food from a spoon is difficult, then you can use a specialbreastfeeding system. The system consists of a tank for milk into which a special tube is inserted — for example, a medical catheter for feeding (a CH 05 catheter is suitable for babies). The mixture is poured into the container, the tube is fixed with a patch on the skin of the breast so that its end is near the top of the nipple. With this system, the baby sucks the breast and gets additional nutrition.
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What should be the feeding regimen at the NE?
When mixed feeding is recommended to put the baby to the chest on demand, and supplement to give, if the child after applying the displeased and crying.
It is important to monitor the amount of drunk breast milk using control weighing, and compensate the missing amount of food with the mixture.
Taking into account the fact that a child should drink milk per day in the amount of about one-fifth or one-sixth of its body weight, after weighing it after feeding, you can infer how much supplement you need.
Remember that supplement should be given only after the baby has emptied both breasts. At night, it is better to breastfeed the baby only: it is more convenient for you and it stimulates lactation.
Mom forum Alisa tells:"When the baby was 3 months old, we were prescribed supplementation, there was little milk, I was worried because I know that there is nothing better than breast milk. I perfectly understood that supplement is in the long term a complete rejection of GW, I didn’t want it, so I turned to a consultant for GW, she advised to use the breastfeeding system. Now the baby is 5 months old, the lactation has been shaken, the mixture is no longer eaten, we will soon try the first supplement. "
Even if you have very little breast milk, try to maintain breastfeeding with all your might, even in small doses, breast milk gives your baby immune protection, as well as all the necessary vitamins.
Breast milk is the best food for a baby. Therefore, if possible, strive to establish a lactation and breastfeed exclusively. For help in this matter, you can contact a breastfeeding consultant or pediatrician.