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Breastfeeding

Formula, Supplementing with

This article is an excerpt from "The Nursing Mother's Problem Solver" by Claire Martin.

Q: My sister-in-law told me that if I supplement with formula, it will cause problems for my 6-month-old baby. I can't pump enough to give my day-care provider as much breast milk as she needs. Is it so bad to use formula to make up the difference?

A: If you're exclusively breastfeeding your baby, you usually don't need formula. But it can be difficult to pump enough to satisfy a growing baby, especially during growth spurts, if you're working too. Your baby can safely take both breast milk and formula. The only concern might be that if your baby is less than 6 weeks old, she could be susceptible to nipple confusion and find that bottle-feeding is easier than breastfeeding.

Look at it this way: At least your baby's had the advantage of a breast milk-only diet for 6 months. That's longer than many moms manage! And if you continue to nurse when you're with the baby, she'll still get the immunological and nutritional benefits of breast milk.

PAGS News

As summer activities increase for children, so do sprained ankles, wrists, etc.  Below are videos that show how to safely wrap a sprain with an ace bandage until you can be seen by your medical provider:
  1. Wrist
  2. Knee
  3. Ankle 
Congratulations to Dr. Campbell, Dr. D'Souza, Dr. Jalali and Dr. Mandell for being voted top pediatricans in Northshore Magazine (2017 & 2018).  We have a great team at PAGS!
Dr. Campbell wrote a blog about talking with your children about tragic events happening in the U.S. and worldwide. Please read it if you are looking for information related to discussing these difficult topics.

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