My baby is 2. 5 months old. I am breast feeding him. Is it safe to give formula milk in bottle as breast milk is not enough ?Will giving formula reduce my Breast milk?

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Updated on Jan 21, 2017

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Answer:
it is recommended to only breastfeed the baby exclusively for first six months. In case you are not able to lactate sufficiently, take care of your diet. Few suggestions are take a balanced diet of cereals (esp dalia, bajra), green leafy vegetables (esp methi, mustard leaves), dals & legumes (masoor. black channa, soybean), fruits, milk products, eggs fish & poultry. Do take almonds, cashew, walnuts, sesame seeds, flaxseeds, dates, raisins, cumin seeds, methi seeds, ajwain, dried ginger, gaund, jaggery etc. You should also take ample fluids in the form of lukewarm water, zeera water, soups, buttermilk, egg nog, milk etc. You may also read a blog for this on our website, link is given https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/-8-nutrition-tips-for-breastfeeding-mothers/539 Milk production or lactation is also dependent on sucking by the baby. The more the baby feeds, the more the milk is produced. If you start with formula, it would naturally reduce the benefits of breast feeding and lower milk production too. You should even take advice of your gynaecologist on this. Only if all these don't help, then you take advice of your paediatrician on starting with a top feed.

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