To Breastfeed or Not? Picking What’s Right For You
Are you a new mom? Trying to figure out if you are going to breastfeed or not? This article is for you.
First, on breastfeeding. What do experts say?
Most expert guidelines recommend exclusively breastfeeding your newborn within the first hour of birth to at least six months after the child was born. Some experts that recommend this include: the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and the World Health Organization.
What is exclusive breastfeeding?
Exclusive breastfeeding means the only source of nutrition the baby will obtain. Some benefits of breastfeeding include: immune protection, regulation of growth, development of intestinal flora, development, and metabolism and reduced risk of maternal, infant, and child illness and chronic disease. In addition, it provides many benefits for the mother such as weight loss, prevention of breast and ovarian cancer.
What are some contraindications to breastfeeding?
There are many reasons why some mothers shouldn’t breastfeed.
Some of these are:
- Use of certain illicit drugs that are excreted in breastmilk
- Use of certain medications or chemo agents
- Moms that suffer from an infectious disease: HIV, HTLV, tuberculosis, herpes on the breast
- Babies that have galactosemia, a metabolic condition where babies can’t break down milk
Some moms may choose not to breastfeed. And that’s ok!
This is a completely personal decision. Breastfeeding is hard, and sometimes formula is the best option for feeding a baby. Moms might not make enough milk, have difficulty latching, or simply choose not to breastfeed for personal reasons. Infant formula is a healthy nutritional alternative.
Some benefits of formula include: ability to involve other caregivers in feeding, no risk of transmission of certain drugs, alcohol or diseases through milk, less stressful when there are breastfeeding challenges, and ability to know exactly how much infant is receiving. Some people argue formula fed babies also sleep more at night!
Many moms choose to do a combination of breastfeeding and formula feeding. It does not have to be one or the other.
At Foublie we are a judgement free space that helps families make the decisions that are right for THEM.
Breast or bottle, what is best is whatever is best for your family. If you need help with breastfeeding or picky a formula, connect with one of our coaches today. Happy world breastfeeding week!