One of the most fiercely fought battles in the “Mummy” wars is within VS infant formula. Whether you are breastfeeding or formula feeding your baby, you will always be scold for one reason or another. For example, you can be criticized by others for breastfeeding in public places or be reprimanded for not giving your baby “natures perfect food” if you are formula feeding. The opinion of others may not matter to you, that would be the least, but the real question to ask is: what is the right choice for you?
Why should I choose breastfeeding over bottle?
Breast milk is the ideal food for infants (including preterm and sick) because it is cheap and readily available, not likely to cause allergies and its supplements from the composition of the immunity helps babies fight certain infections. During the first year of your baby’s life, his weight is likely to triple and the main source of this weight gain comes from milk they drink.
Infant formulas have been developed to replace breast milk, but no formula has proven to be a direct replacement of the basic nutritional and immune properties. Mothers can opt for artificial feeding for medical or other reasons best known to them.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of both forms of power?
The video below adequately highlight the differences between breast milk and infant formulas:
Can I use both forms of breastfeeding my baby?
- The combination of maternal food formula feeding is a much better option than to stop breastfeeding your baby altogether. It is very possible to combine these two power modes for your baby, but this combination is not advisable to start after a minimum of eight weeks. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for at least eight weeks if the mother’s milk production is not affected.
- Combination of the two forms of power can be useful for career mothers returning to work or mothers who have difficulty producing enough milk. Reducing feedings should be done gradually to allow in adapting to miss a feeding and reduce the risk of developing mastitis. For example, if you exchange one day of breastfeed for food formula bottle instead, your milk supply at this time of day will decrease.
- When the baby is about six months, consumption of milk is to be reduced as you gradually introduce solid foods. If you have not submitted your baby food formula so far, this may be the perfect time to do it, but it will take some time for him to adjust to the food of the formula and power mode. Different sucking movements could be confounded, and if he can feel the breast milk, the baby may be reluctant to take the feed formula. Try a variety of sucking pacifiers that have been softened with warm water and you could ask someone else to try to feed the baby to start. You can also change the normal position of breastfeeding as it can help to quickly adapt to the new situation and the formula.