Breastfeeding duration helped by formula
The US study involved 40 full-term newborns 24—48 hours old that had lost more than 5% of their birth weight.
The babies were randomly assigned to receive early limited formula (ELF) — consisting of 10ml of infant formula by syringe following each breastfeed — or exclusive breastfeeding.
The babies in the ELF group stopped the formula when their mothers began producing mature milk, approximately 2—5 days after birth.
At a one week assessment, all the babies in both groups were still breastfeeding.