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Definition of Formula feeding

Formula feeding: Feeding an infant or toddler prepared formula instead of or in addition to breastfeeding. Formula feeding is indicated when the mother has an illness that could be passed on to the baby through breast milk or through the close physical proximity required for breastfeeding. Otherwise, experts in infant nutrition agree that breastfeeding is best.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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