Can you breastfeed and use formula?
Yes, you can breastfeed and use formula together when feeding an infant. Breasts/mammary glands will produce enough milk to meet the baby's demands - usually. There are times, however, when the baby's demands may be more than what the mammary glands can produce. Generally your pediatrician will instruct you to supplement your breastfeeding with a certain amount of formula. You might discuss this with your pediatrician if your baby continues to be fussy after breastfeeding, your baby appears unable to latch on sufficiently, or your breast milk supply seems to be lessening. If formula is supplemented, be aware that this may decrease your breast milk production since the baby will demand less milk production.
Continuing to breastfeed even after you have dried up may help your milk come back. However, it is crucial that you supplement with formula so that your baby receives the proper nutrition. Usually, a baby will stop breastfeeding if there is no milk coming out, so make sure you have bottles and formula on hand.
If a mother can not breastfeed, there are a few options. If you wish to continue with breast milk, you can look into breast milk banks. If you are able to produce breast milk, but can't get baby to latch, you may be able to pump! Check with a lactation nurse! I highly recommend trying to breastfeed, because breast milk is truly best. IF you can not breastfeed, and the other options will not work…