Mirna Sabbagh, nutritionist and IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) at myPediaclinic (Voted best pediatric clinic in Dubai) discusses what should be done in the scenario that you are told by a pediatrician or health care provider that you should give your infant formula.
1. You should make sure that your child is indeed underweight by checking their growth on the WHO charts for breastfed infants and is showing all normal signs of growth, as many health care providers mistakenly compare breastfed babies to formula fed babies.
2. If the baby is indeed underweight then you should work with an IBCLC on fixing the latch, getting optimal nutrition, and explore possible tongue tie which is the main reason behind inadequate weight gain.
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