NY Times Well Blog

NY Times Well Blog

Good news for new mothers: A study suggests that carefully regulated formula feeding before your milk comes in will not harm your baby’s ability to breast-feed, and done properly, it may even help in the long run.

Exclusive breast-feeding is widely encouraged, but a study published on Monday in the journal Pediatrics is the first randomized trial of the effects of brief early formula use on future breast-feeding success.

Researchers randomly assigned 38 infants who had lost 5 percent or more of their weight in the days after birth to either breast-feeding alone (the controls), or breast-feeding along with a supplement of formula at the end of each session. Read The Full Article