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Old 02-20-2012, 11:21 AM   #1
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mixing BM with formula?

We give our DD 2 formula bottles at night and during the day she gets breastmilk. Should I be mixing BM with the formula, so she ends up with 4 bottles of a mix and the rest BM? Any suggestions? She tolerates the formula just fine on its own.

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Old 02-20-2012, 11:22 AM   #2
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No. Never mix.
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No. Never mix.
Why not? Of course you can mix the two. But maybe I'm confused...I would do 1/2 bm and then 1/2 formula and water mixture if that's an option. Not using bm as water which would concentrate the calories/nutrients (by the way this IS recommended for preemies or FTT babies etc, but not full term, regular growing kiddos).
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Re: mixing BM with formula?

I mixed all the time but only if I knew he would eat that bottle that day. Example- if I sent in 4 bottles to daycare, I would mix the first 2 and maybe have the last two just formula in case those two weren't eaten. My milk was frozen so it didn't last as long as the formula (24 hours vs 48 hours).
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Re: mixing BM with formula?

I don't mix my ds' bottles. He either gets a bm one or a formula one. I have read that with formula, if you put too much water in it, it can cause seizures.
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What's the need? Either way the amount of formula and Breastmilk stats the same. You gain nothing by doing this. Also Breastmilk digests fast and is a perfect food while formula is not. So keeping them separate is ideal.

It's like eating fruit alone, or fruit with a heavy meal. Fruit digests fast and u absorb more when eating it alone. Also, if a baby does not finish the bottle, it shouldn't be kept.

I see NO benefit in doing so.
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Re: mixing BM with formula?

The only time I would mix them with DD#1 was if I had pumped a little BM but not enough really for a bottle, I'd make the formula bottle then pour the rest of BM in the formula bottle. That way I didn't feel like I was wasting the BM.
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Re: mixing BM with formula?

When my DD was a baby, first I read that you should mix them because the BM helps the formula digest better. But then, I read (from a better source) that you shouldn't mix them because you don't want to risk having to throw BM away with the unused formula. So I didn't mix them after that.
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Well there is huge benefits to eating fruit with protein and fat...to keep sugars regulated and stable, food should be combined. Obviously that is neither here not there for this convo lol.

I don't think mama is doing anything wrong by mixing as long as she isn't replacing water with bm. But as far as a benefit, probably none there either other than the bm helping the digestive process of the formula...that is just a personal theory though.
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Re: mixing BM with formula?

thanks for the replies. I think I'm going to keep them separate because she's doing well with it and mix them together if I end up with not a full bottle of BM.
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