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moms who supplement with formula

At my little guy's 2 week appointment he wasn't quite back to birthweight.  So, we started waking him at night to eat (he was trying to sleep 6 hour stretches) and offering formula after every feeding, even if he fell asleep.  Even if he didn't act hungry, he always woke up to eat at least 1 oz of formula (after nursing on both sides).  He's now pretty regular, waking to eat every 2.5-4 hours during the day, one 4-5 hour stretch at night followed by a 2-3 hour stretch.

I think it took my milk a really long time to come in.  He is now 3 weeks old and often nurses on both sides and stays awake.  He is typically pleasant and silly after nursing.  My question is, should I continue to offer the formula if he is not ACTING hungry?  He will always take it, but it usually makes him pass out cold!  Should I start only offering the formula if he is still acting hungry?

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  • If he's back up to his birth weight now, I say stop the formula unless he acts hungry.

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  • If he is still hungry offer the boob. The more you offer formula now that he's back to to weight, the less your supply will adjust to his needs.  

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  • image OhSewCrafty:

    If he is still hungry offer the boob. The more you offer formula now that he's back to to weight, the less your supply will adjust to his needs.  

    this especially because its normal for them to act like they are always hungry in the beginning, it's what helps increase your supply.  Just monitor diaper output. 

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