Home Health Parents News Now Formula Can Support Breastfeeding, Study Finds Formula Can Support Breastfeeding, Study Finds By Holly Lebowitz Rossi May 14, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_137106200 30319 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. At 1 week of age, all were still breast-feeding, but 9 of 19 infants in the control group were now using formula, compared with only 2 in the group that had used formula at the start. By age 3 months, 79 percent of the early formula users were breastfeeding exclusively, compared with 42 percent of the controls. The researchers emphasize that they used a careful procedure — small volumes of formula and careful administration with a syringe to prevent confusion between breast and bottle nipple. "Most babies don't need formula," said the lead author, Dr. Valerie J. Flaherman, a pediatrician at the University of California, San Francisco, Benioff Children's Hospital. "But some kids are at risk for weight loss, and this could be an option." Image: Baby bottle, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Formula Can Support Breastfeeding, Study Finds Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.