Making the decision to combo feed

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Making the decision to combo feed

Some parents, be it there because the mom's going back to work, or because they want to give the opportunity to the Dad to feed once in a while, decide to breastfeed and bottle feed. When a parent comes to me and ask questions about that, I always ask them what their overall goal is. So if a mom is only going to be nursing and bottle feeding until she goes back to work in a couple of months, there's probably no problem. She'll probably make it a couple of months. If a mom's really intent on getting the baby to do it a year, and is going to supplement, it might be a little bit harder for that mom to supplement. And then, what is she supplementing with? Is she going to pump and then, give the baby her own milk, or is she going to supplement with formula. If she's going to pump her own milk, she'll probably be pumping at the same intervals when she's not with her baby, that the baby would normally have breastfed. So her milk supply will stay pretty steady. If she is going to supplement with formula when she's away from her baby, her milk supply will most definitely drop. And she might have a harder time keeping the supply up. So overtime, the baby might get more and more formula to make up for the milk that she is not producing, because she is not pumping, in addition to the supplementing.

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Nicole Peluso, IBCLC, CD

La Leche League Leader

Nicole Peluso, IBCLC, CD, has been a lactation consultant and La Leche League Leader since 1997 in Los Angeles and Connecticut. La Leche League is a non-profit organization that serves as the foremost authority on breastfeeding issues throughout the world. Nicole earned her lactation certification from the International Board of Lactation Examiners and earned her doula training through the National Midwifery Institute. She holds a BA in English from Boston College with a concentration in Women’s Studies, studied literature at l'Universite Paris-Sorbonne, and spent her college summers working as a paralegal in a Connecticut law firm.

She has assisted thousands of mothers on their birth and motherhood journeys. She is regularly asked to speak to large groups on parenting issues. Recent speaking engagements include Los Angeles County Health Services, Los Angeles and Culver City Unified School Districts, The Maple Counseling Center Beverly Hills, Los Angeles City College, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, The LA Gay and Lesbian Center, and The Los Angeles Airforce Base. She has also been interviewed in a nationally televised segment by Katie Couric on the benefits of co-sleeping with your baby. Nicole is the mother of three children whom she breastfed and parented with attachment parenting techniques. Nicole runs her private lactation practice through The Sanctuary Birth and Family Wellness Center in Los Angeles and her private doula practice through The WOMB in Mar Vista.

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