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Teresa Vazquez wanted to exclusively breastfeed her son Marco, but doctors had her supplement with formula in the beginning because his blood sugar was low.

"I wanted to fully breastfeed but I knew it was the best thing for him," she said.

Now a new study shows giving newborns small amounts of formula in the first days of life could actually help their mothers breastfeed longer. The research in the journal Pediatrics looked at 40 babies who were not gaining weight and found after three months that almost 80 percent of the babies who received formula were still breastfeeding.

"What this study was really looking at -- is there a role in having some very early limited use of formula in that population of babies as the mother is getting breastfeeding established," said Dr. Robert Riewarts, a Pediatrician at Kaiser Baldwin Park Medical Center.

Many new moms have concerns they are not producing enough milk in the beginning for their babies.  Researchers hope this study will ease their worries. But the authors of the study stress the point of their research is to keep moms breastfeeding longer.

"Breastfeeding is more than just really excellent mother-baby bonding," Dr. Riewarts said, "there's incredible advantages in health."

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first 6 months. Marco is now 7 months old and Teresa Vazquez is still breastfeeding.

"You can see he's healthy and happy now," she said. She breastfeed her first son for 13 months and hopes to keep going for two years with Marco.

Teresa Garcia - CBS News

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