So new mama, off course you already know about the amazing benefits of breast milk. “Breast is best”, right?

Research recommends that moms breastfeed their babies exclusively for at least the first six months of their lives. And yes, most major studies show substantial physical and socio-emotional benefits to breastfeeding, for both infants and moms.

However, two thirds of moms who intend to exclusively breastfeed their babies do not end up doing so. For a lot of new mamas, nursing is downright difficult. Proper latching and engorgement, common breast infections like mastitis, and the constant worry about milk supply can weigh you down.

Breastfeeding can be a beautiful, rewarding, and satisfying experience - no doubt. But it can also be a confusing, frustrating, and stressful time for new mamas. The pressure we put on ourselves to succeed, or the failure to meet breastfeeding expectations can make a lot of moms feel inadequate, placing them at increased risk of depression.

Every woman’s journey to motherhood is different and choosing whether to breastfeed or formula feed your baby, is one of the first decisions expectant parents will make. This is a very personal choice, but there are some points you may want to consider as you decide which is best for you and your baby.

About breastfeeding:

Breast milk is the ideal nutrition for babies. It is rich in antibodies and fatty acids, which support the development of an infant and their immune system. Breastfed babies tend to get fewer colds and viruses and has more resistance to gastrointestinal infections. Studies also indicate that breastfeeding your child may even reduce the risk of obesity and diabetes later in life.

Breastfeeding is good for moms too. Women who breastfeed have a reduced risk of breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and ovarian cancer. But let’s not forget the key reason why many new moms want to breastfeed; it is a wonderful bonding experience with your baby.

About formula feeding:

But here we are in the real world. For some women breastfeeding will come naturally, but for others it will remain a challenge. The decision to breastfeed is an individual one and should be free from judgement or guilt. The suggestion that formula “has no place” in a sustainable future, simply is not true. If you use formula, your baby will get the best possible alternative to breast milk.

Many moms use formula for a variety of reasons: It is convenient; formula fed babies can be fed by anyone at any time. Your partner can help out with the night feedings and share the bonding experience. You don’t have to worry about what you eat; moms who breastfeed may have to avoid certain foods. Also, you can have a glass of wine once in a while where alcohol is off course a no-no for nursing moms.

Remember, a healthy baby ultimately requires a healthy, happy mama.

So, whichever way you choose to feed your baby – breast milk, formula, or a combination of both – the most important thing is that your baby is well fed, well cared for, and loved.

Source: kidshealth.org, www.webmd.com, www.theguardian.com, qz.com, www.stfrancisherbfarm.com, www.mother.ly, www.medicalnewstoday.com

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