STUDY: Early formula can help in breastfeeding

Posted at 10:50 AM, May 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-13 10:57:23-04

(CBS) – Newborns who are fed small amounts of formula to gain weight may receive another benefit. A new study at UC San Francisco shows limited amounts of formula during the first few days of life can actually increase the length of time mothers end up breast-feeding.

Doctors say supplementing with formula can alleviate stress mothers feel about producing breast milk. But there needs to be a clear end point to stop the formula.

The American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends that healthy mothers breast feed exclusively for the first  six months for maximum health benefits.

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