Thinking of using a formula or supplementing breast milk with a formula, but worried about the effect it will have on your baby?
We’ve got you covered..
When it comes to breastfeeding and infant formula, there are many opinions to consider.
The question is: Which opinion is correct? And which one suits your situation?
Let’s face it now..
The best thing to do in such scenarios is to discuss all the concerns with your doctor.
No matter what choice you make, you’ll feel better if it’s based on facts, not just random information and other people’s opinion.
Let’s get started with the facts now…
Formula Feeding Is Common During The Baby’s Early Months
During the first three months, almost one in three moms feeds their babies a combination of breast milk and infant formula.
Needless to say..
Breastfeeding is the nutritional standard for infants. But if you choose to supplement your baby’s diet with formula, it is good to know that you are not alone!
Each baby is unique, and the feeding decision must be based on the baby’s needs and the mother’s well-being.
Several reasons make new mothers supplement breast milk with a formula, such as the need for additional nutritional support, the mother’s ability to breastfeed, a way to facilitate the return to work, etc.
Formula Feeding Doesn’t Impact Your Breast Milk Production.
It is true that the more you breastfeed, the more breast milk your body produces. On the other hand, adding a little formula to your baby’s diet will not make your milk disappear.
It is always good to know that your milk supply adjusts accordingly when you add formula to your baby’s diet.
You can first offer your breast and then supplement with the infant formula.
What most moms do is use the bottle during the night or when you are away.
Using a breast pump can also be part of your feeding plan to save your breastmilk for later use.
Infant Formula Provides Complete Nutritional Support
Today’s formulas are closer than ever to breast milk!
The formulas provide nutrients, such as vitamin D, where breastfed babies may take it as supplements..
Like breast milk, the formula may also contain DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid essential for brain development.
Formula Feeding Encourages Bonding As well.
Breastfeeding time is essential for bonding…
But even if you give your baby formula, you hug him, touch him, care about him, meaning that you are still bonding with him while using the bottle and the formula.
So, if you use the formula to supplement breastfeeding or give yourself free time, it won’t negatively impact his growth and overall health.
When you use formula along with breastmilk, you give yourself time to meet your baby’s other needs!
Besides, when your spouse or grandparents feed a baby, it strengthens their bond with these people.
Some Doctors Encourage Formula Feeding
Doctors know that certain pitfalls can arise and make exclusive breastfeeding difficult.
These include – but are not limited to:
- Mom’s health issues (such as difficult childbirth or postpartum depression).
- Difficulties with milk production.
- Infant health issues.
When you have difficulty eating, it is always a good idea to discuss it with your healthcare professional.
Experts have seen all kinds of situations, and in the end, they share the same goal with you: a happy and healthy baby.
You and your healthcare professional will know what’s best for you and your baby when the time is right. And that’s all that matters.
Benefits of Breastfeeding
- It contains natural antibodies that protect your baby against diseases.
- It is generally easier to digest than infant formula and causes less constipation and gas.
- Breastfed babies are less likely to be overweight when they become adults.
- Breastfeeding has benefits for moms, like reducing the risk of breast
cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and ovarian cancer.
Benefits of Infant Formula
- They are the best possible alternative to breast milk for your baby.
- Infant formula is much more convenient, especially during the night time or while on the go.
- It benefits a mother’s overall well-being, such as having time to take care of herself.
- It helps babies take longer naps. Mom and Dad can then enjoy some peaceful and quiet time, which can be beneficial for everyone.
Regardless of which option you choose, the decision to feed your baby formula or breast milk is yours.
No one solution works for everyone…
If you have any concerns or questions, your doctor can advise and help you and your wonderful baby to be as happy and healthy as possible during this time in your life.
Dema JS is the founder of newbabysmell.com and a mother of two little kids. Dema had her MBA from St. John’s University- NYC in dual concentrations: Executive Management and Marketing Management.