The MBF is to feed the baby alternating breastfeeds with those of the bottle. But, what advantages does this combination bring and what are its cons? Keep reading, we will tell you!
Mixed breastfeeding: advantages and disadvantages
Feeding the baby combining the breast with artificial milk (formula, cereal or other food) is what is known as mixed breastfeeding.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of the baby’s life. However, many mothers need to resort to this type of breastfeeding when breastfeeding is not enough or, well, because they are separated from the baby for a time or because of their incorporation to work.
Next, we see what are the pros and cons of choosing this type of breastfeeding .
- It is a good alternative to satisfy those babies who are left hungry. If breast milk is scarce, artificial feeding will help you complete the feeding of the newborn. So it can be a booster to enrich your nutritional needs.
- Parents can also participate in feeding the baby, as it does not depend exclusively on breastfeeding. Thus, mother and father can take turns feeding their child.
- It is very common in women who return to work after maternity leave.
- Thanks to this type of breastfeeding, the bond that is created in feedings between mother and baby is still maintained.
- By being fed through two routes, the baby can, for example, reject breast milk and prefer artificial milk, since it is an easier suction method for them.
- Making the bottle is a laborious process; it has to be sterilized, prepared and heated, which takes more time.
- By reducing breastfeeding, breast milk is produced in less quantity and this type of breastfeeding may not extend too much.
How to start this type of breastfeeding
Finally, we give you some tips to achieve a successful mixed breastfeeding. Take note!
- You can start in two ways: in the same feeding, alternate breast and bottle or, alternatively, combine a breast and a bottle feeding separately.
- Make the transition to mixed breastfeeding gradually. If you are going to start work, start the change weeks before so that the baby adapts little by little.
- Give the bottle when the baby is relaxed, do not force him to take it. Think of it as a process that takes time and patience.
- Use a bottle with a slow-suction nozzle, so the baby will not get used to this method alone and you will avoid rejecting the breast.