Can we give formula milk to newborns?

This year, with the right time, the right place and the right people, I put on the hat of “father of the second child”. As a pediatrician, I have the experience of raising my first child. I can say that I can easily deal with the two treasures. But on the first day of birth, the two treasures taught me a lesson: formula milk or not?

[Er Bao] Added Formula Milk

Er Bao began to cry desperately 2-3 hours after his birth. The cry was loud and clear. As a professional player, A look at this posture immediately came to the conclusion [Er Bao is hungry]. However, since the lover has no colostrum secretion, Er Bao has been sucking-spitting out nipples-crying all night. We really insisted on [not adding formula milk]. But when I thought the whole script would develop in the direction described in the textbook, Er Bao taught me the truth that it is better to believe in books than to have no books. The next day, Regardless of our what approach, Because I can’t eat milk, The second treasure is crying, Shake my head like a rattle. At last I compromised, I added some formula to him. On the third day, The lover has breast milk secretion, We will continue to breastfeed. Now the baby is almost 3 months old, It can also be completely breastfed. So far, I still don’t know if my behavior the next day violated the breastfeeding rules. Does it have serious consequences for the growth and development of the baby? But so far at least, There seems to be no formula addiction, And breastfeeding. Of course, At present, the rate of breast-feeding in China is obviously lower than that in western developed countries. Many new mothers give up breastfeeding for one reason or another. On the other hand, To promote breastfeeding, Many hospitals and even health management departments have issued many strict measures to encourage breast-feeding, Its strength is very rare even abroad. Some suggestions on feeding have never wanted or been able to challenge the authority and management methods. I just want to share my personal understanding with all parents: 1. Breast milk is definitely the best food for full-term infants. Breast milk has complete nutritional ingredients and is properly matched. The composition of breast milk can change accordingly with the needs of development. Contains a large amount of antibodies, The temperature is suitable for infants to eat and it is clean, fresh, Edible at any time, It is very important to insist on breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is not only conducive to the healthy growth of infants, But also conducive to the mother’s recovery of health, Reduce the risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer in women. In addition, Breastfeeding can also enhance mother-child/mother-daughter affection, Reduce the risk of allergy in infants. 3. Temporary transition is not impossible. For some newborns, In the first few days of her life, After fully early sucking and frequent sucking, When it is still unable to meet the normal needs of the baby, Adding formula milk is at least not a heinous act. This act can at least ensure that the baby has a certain rest time. At the same time, it also eased the anxiety of new parents to some extent. Of course, There is a certain emphasis on adding formula milk, We can use small cups or spoons to feed, It is not suitable to directly feed with bottles, This can minimize or avoid the occurrence of [nipple illusion]. In addition, Transitional formula addition is a second best option, It is the plan that the baby is forced to adopt due to insufficient breast milk secretion in the first few days and difficulty in comforting. When breast milk secretion increases, New mothers should resolutely stop adding formula milk, Adhere to breastfeeding for at least 6 months. 4. Special treatment for special children. For parents who insist on [exclusive breastfeeding], If the newborn breastfeeding process, When excessive weight loss (more than 7% of birth weight), sweating and frequent limb shaking are found, It should be assessed and inspected by professionals, It is beneficial to the early detection of neonatal diseases. For example, hypoglycemia. Breastfeeding cannot be applied across the board. For premature infants, Particularly those born prematurely at a relatively small gestational age, The energy and protein levels in breast milk may not fully meet their needs, It is recommended that the first choice is fortified breast milk (a certain amount of breast milk fortifier is added to breast milk). It can also be fed with formula milk specially used for premature infants. Some babies have allergic enteritis, Presentations include feeding intolerance (abdominal distension, repeated vomiting), colic and naked bloody stool. If the breast-fed baby has the above symptoms, It is also necessary to invite professionals to carry out inspections. Feed with special formula milk. In short, breast milk is the most natural food for babies. If you love your baby, please stick to breast-feeding for at least 6 months. Of course, there must be individual differences in breast milk secretion. After the baby is born, it should adopt personalized feeding scheme instead of [one size fits all] management method, which may be more conducive to the growth of the baby.