Complementary and supplementary feeds

Complementary and supplementary feeds

Complementary feeds are given in addition to the breast feed, while supplementary feeds are given in place of a breast feed, for example while you are at work.

Occasionally you may need to give your baby a supplementary feed of milk from another source. If you want to go out and do not have enough milk to express, you can make up a feed to be given from a bottle if the need arises. If you are confident your child will not be allergic, you can use an evaporated cow’s milk formula. However if in doubt, you should not use cow’s milk. Use either

vegetable milk (soya), or evaporated goat’s milk or the new milk meant for cases of lactose intolerance.

Breast fed babies over the age of three months are sometimes difficult about taking a bottle so you will have to have a trial run to see whether she will cooperate. Let someone else feed her because she will usually not accept anything less than breast milk from you as she will be able to smell it.

If your periods start and you find that your breast milk supply is lower, feed more frequently and give a complementary bottle, possibly after the 6 p.m. or night feed.

Remember that breast milk is sweet and she may turn up her nose at other feeds at first. The hole in the teat should be small and you should not add sugar to the formula she is given unless specified. Always give the complementary feed after the breast feed.

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