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## Can you just add formula to breast milk?

If you’re wondering if you can mix breast milk and formula in the same bottle, the answer is **yes!**

## How much formula do I add to breast milk?

Add **2 fl oz (59 mL) of expressed breastmilk to the formula.** Make sure to add an equal amount of breastmilk to the formula if you are using more than 2 fl oz (59 mL) of formula, such as 4 fl oz (120 mL) of breastmilk for 4 fl oz (120 mL) of formula.

## How do you combine formula and breastmilk?

**What to do:**

## Can I give my baby breastmilk and formula at the same time?

Giving your baby formula in addition to breastfeeding is called supplementing. **It’s completely fine and perfectly safe to do. Many families choose this type of combination feeding method, whether out of necessity (e.g. low breast milk supply), convenience, or simply personal choice.**

## Why should you not mix breast milk with formula?

One reason is that mixing breastmilk and formula **can result in breastmilk being wasted, if the baby does not finish the milk (since the formula needs to be discarded). Giving your pumped milk to your baby first, and on its own, ensures that all of your u201cliquid goldu201d will be used and less will be wasted.**

## What is the best way to mix breastmilk and formula?

Put the proper amount of formula into your baby’s bottle followed by the proper amount of water (always use the manufacturer’s instructions written on the package). Mix the water and formula together. Then, you can add in your breastmilk. Just be sure that the breast milk is fresh.

## Can you mix breastmilk and formula together?

While **there’s nothing wrong with mixing breast milk and formula in the same container, it’s not recommended simply because you don’t want to waste a single drop of your precious breast milk. Formula from a bottle that your baby has drunk from must be discarded within an hour of preparation.**

## Do you give the same amount of formula as breastmilk?

**Try not to compare the amount of breastmilk in a bottle to formula in a bottle because they will mostly likely be different. Breastfed babies typically eat less at a feeding because breastmilk has more nutrients per ounce, and babies digest breastmilk more fully than formula.**