If you’re having difficulties breastfeeding, need to supplement, or choose to transition solely to formula feeding, rest easy because you’re not alone! In fact, a recent consumer study shows that 9 out of every 10 new mothers use formula at some point during their baby’s first year—including as a supplement to breast milk. There are three common reasons why many moms swap breastfeeding for formula feeding. Read on to learn more about common issues and what other moms have to say about breastfeeding vs. formula.
Common issue #1: I’m having difficulties with breastfeeding.
Some moms have trouble breastfeeding. Babies may struggle to latch on or may not be getting enough milk, and in these situations, supplementing with formula could be important. Mixing breast milk and formula is one option that you can explore; if this is the case for you, reaching out to a lactation consultant for support and advice can help. You can also chat with your pediatrician about supplementing with formula.
If you still find yourself struggling, it may be time to consider transitioning exclusively to formula. You and your baby can both still enjoy special one-on-one time together, and trading breastfeeding for bottle-feeding can take away the stress for both mother and child. If you do switch to or supplement with formula, you don’t have to worry about your child missing out - today’s formulas are closer to breast milk than ever before. And remember: the best formula for breastfed babies is the one that’s given in a warm, nurturing, stress-free environment. As one Toronto mom shares: “It was hard to know I wasn't providing enough [milk] for my son, but knowing there are products available to parents is wonderful!”
Common issue #2: I’m sick and taking medication.
If you are ill and the only drugs available to you are not proven to be safe for breastfeeding, you may need to temporarily or permanently switch to formula-feeding. However necessary, you may find yourself feeling upset or disappointed. As new mom Ann G. says, “When I found out that I would not be able to breastfeed because of the medication I was on, I was devastated.”
In Canada, formulas are regulated and must comply with specific compositional requirements set out by Health Canada, ensuring that formulas contain the nutrients your baby needs for normal growth and development without the potential side effects that some medicines may cause your baby1. After doing a little research, you may feel better about switching to formula. This was the case for Justine C., of Ellenville, New York. “Once I did my research, I felt loads better, and my son was happy. Win win!”
Common issue #3: I’m not sure I want to nurse.
For some moms, breastfeeding is simply something they choose not to do, and that’s OK! You have the right to choose how to bring up your own child, including making a choice between breast- and formula-feeding.
Infant formula is designed to meet the known nutritional requirements of babies, so your child can get all the nutrients she needs from formula. Supporting your child’s nutrition is what truly matters. “I have used Enfamil [A+] from the very beginning,” shares an Ohio Mom. “I am so happy to know that my daughter is getting proper nutrition by using your products. Thank you very much for making a wonderful product for a first-time mother!”
At every stage of your child’s life, the most important things are the love, care, and attention you can give to her. So, don’t stress about feeding. Instead, focus on your time together and concentrate on being the best mom you can—that’s what truly matters.
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