Nursing Facts by the Numbers
The most comprehensive breastfeeding tips, facts, and figures any new mom should know
Many moms clearly find their happy place in an approach that combines breast- and formula-feeding: Nearly one-quarter — up from 16 percent in 2000 — are still feeding their babies some breast milk by their first birthdays. If you go the combo route:
- Try to breastfeed exclusively for at least the first few weeks, until your milk supply is established and your baby has learned to latch effectively. Otherwise, he may become accustomed to the ease of feeding from an artificial nipple and resist nursing altogether.
- If you are away from your baby for most of the day, try to fit in a pumping session. “If you don't empty your breasts at least once during a typical workday, your supply may dwindle very quickly,” says Dr. Johnston.
- Take care when combining formula and breast milk, since bacteria multiply more quickly in formula. While a partially consumed bottle of expressed milk can be served to a baby at his next feeding, a mixture with any amount of unfinished formula should be tossed.