When Breastfeeding Is Not An Option

From | Mar 29 | 2 minutes read

One of the key decisions that new parents have to make is whether to breastfeed or formula feed your baby. According to health experts, breast milk has the best nutritional value. However, for some women, breastfeeding may not be an option due to reasons like medical conditions, lifestyle and comfort levels or simply by choice.

If breastfeeding is not a possibility, giving your baby infant formula is the next healthy alternative. Formula too can provide your little one with vital nutrients and vitamins. Infant formula is commercially prepared under sterile conditions using a complex combination of proteins, sugar, fats and essential vitamins.

Let’s look at why you should choose infant formula:

It is convenient

Formula can be prepared by either of the parents or baby’s caregiver and fed to baby through a bottle. As a mum, your feeding duties can be conveniently shared with your partner who will then feel involved in the critical feeding process. Often the bonding between father and baby is strengthened through this.

You are flexible

If you are bottle feeding your baby, even as a new mum you can have flexibility in your life. You know that there is your partner or the caregiver who can take care of feeding your baby. In addition to that, when you take your baby out, there’s no need to look for a private place to feed your baby, which is normally the case when you have to breastfeed in public areas.

Managing time and frequency of feedings

If you are breastfeeding your baby, then the frequency of feedings is a lot more than bottle feeding. Infant formula is less digestible. So, babies need to eat less often in comparison to breast milk.

No need to worry about your diet

Since you are not breastfeeding, you do not need to be too concerned about what you eat or drink. Having said that, your meals should still have the right nutritional balance to help your body recuperate from the exhaustion of pregnancy and childbirth.

Challenges of formula feeding

When you decide to formula feed your baby for whatever reasons, it brings its own set of challenges. Infant formula does not contain antibodies that gives your baby an added protection against infections and illnesses. Formula can never match the complexities that is present in a mother’s breast milk. Formula feeding needs organization and planning and in the long run can be expensive.

As a responsible parent, seek guidance from a professional healthcare provider when it is the question of making dietary choices for your little one. When breastfeeding is not an option for you, the paediatrician will recommend the best alternatives for your baby.

 

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