Answer: You're very likely to have enough milk for your baby. Your body makes milk on a supply-and-demand basis, so your baby gets what he needs, every time he feeds.
When you start breastfeeding, though, it's natural to worry that your breastmilk isn't enough.
It's one of the most common reasons why mums decide to stop breastfeeding, or give their babies formula milk as well as breastmilk (mixed feeding).
If you start giving your baby formula as well as breastmilk, you may find yourself in a bit of a cycle.
If your baby needs less of your breastmilk because he's formula-fed, your breasts will get the signal to make less milk. Then you'll need to keep topping him up with formula to satisfy his appetite.
You can quickly turn this around by continuing to breastfeed your baby whenever he wants, for as long as he wants. You can give your milk supply an extra boost by expressing after feeds.
Breastfeeding is best for your baby, as it protects him against illness. If you give your baby formula, he may be more liable to catch a tummy bug or chest infection in his first year.
Even if you can only breastfeed for a short while, your baby will still benefit. But the longer you breastfeed, the longer your baby is protected. The Department of Health advises breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months.
Your breastmilk may also help to reduce your baby's chances of developing allergies and intolerances later on.
The following signs should reassure you that your baby is getting enough breastmilk:
Feeding comes easily for both of you, and doesn't hurt your nipples. This means your baby's latching on well.
Your baby comes off your breast on his own. This means you're fully satisfying his appetite, even if he needs another feed 10 minutes later. Just like you, your baby likes a break between courses!
Your baby is content after feeding, looks well and is gaining weight after the first week. This means your baby is getting the nutrients and calories he needs from your milk. Your milk contains the right ingredients for your baby and changes naturally from feed to feed. Your body knows what your baby needs.
Your baby has about five to eight wet nappies in 24 hours. This means he's getting plenty to drink.
It's normal if your baby's weight dips in his first week. But, as long as he's feeding well, he'll soon start putting on weight again.
If you are finding it hard to get your baby to latch on well, ask your midwife or health visitor for help. She may be able to arrange for you to see a specialist called a lactation consultant.
Ask your midwife or health visitor if there's a baby cafe or drop-in near you. You'll be able to meet other breastfeeding mums, share experiences and get tips.
You can also call the breastfeeding helpline on 0300 100 0212 or the National Childbirth Trust helpline on 0300 330 0771. The NCT line is open seven days a week, 8am to midnight.
If your doctor, midwife or health visitor is concerned that your baby is not putting on enough weight, the first step is to give your baby extra breastmilk.
You can do this by expressing milk and giving it to your baby after a breastfeed, usually in a bottle. This will boost your milk supply, and you can keep doing it until your baby has learnt to latch on well. It can feel like hard work, but keep in mind that it’s not forever.
If you're having real trouble breastfeeding, you may need to give your baby formula milk temporarily while you get help. But you may still be able to go back to full breastfeeding, with the support of a lactation consultant.
Giving your baby formula doesn't have to mean that breastfeeding is over. It's just a temporary measure to get you through a tough patch and give you a chance to rebuild your supply.
Answer: Hello dear
U can choose any of the formula such as lactogen, nan pro etc. u can choose any of the best which suits ur baby. All formulas have a lot of nutrients which is necessary for tge growth and development of baby