Is Breast Always Best?
Once you announce that you are expecting, people may start to ask, “Do you plan to breastfeed?” Infant feeding can be a sensitive topic that brings up strong emotions in many. However, the decision of how an infant is fed is entirely up to the parents. Sometimes the decision to breastfeed over formula-feed is easy. For others, formula feeding is the obvious choice. But for a lot of first-time parents, the decision is difficult to make. We at CSP wanted to share some resources to help guide your decision and to discuss fact over myth.
For a big decision like feeding, a parent will want to weigh the advantages and disadvantages. In the article below, the authors discuss how while breastmilk is the healthiest food for your baby, sometimes it can be painful for the mom. And while formula-feeding frees up a lot of a mother’s time, it does not free up your bank account, as it can be very expensive. Read more on the pros and cons of breastfeeding compared to formula-feeding, and think about how your lifestyle may fit better with one or the other.
Physical Health Considerations
When it comes to breastfeeding, some people think it needs to be an “all or nothing” approach. However, as discussed in this article from Sanford Health, your infant will receive many health benefits even if you just breastfeed for one day. This article also discusses how you can maintain breastmilk supply if you are supplementing with formula. At CSP, we know that while breastfeeding is the recommendation by the AAP, there are many factors that play into the decision to supplement with formula. This article helps explain why breastmilk is the ideal food for your baby and how formula can influence your baby’s stomach and the mother’s ability to make milk. Regardless of what you decide, we hope these resources help you make the right decision for your family.
Mental Health Considerations
More often than not, we tend to focus only on physical health when discussing the choice to breastfeed. However, this article from the Washington Post discusses the importance of considering the mental health of the mother when it comes to infant feeding. As we mentioned before, feeding tends to be tied to several emotions. This article highlights feelings of guilt, stress, and overall discomfort surrounding the commitment to exclusively breastfeed. We hear first-hand accounts from mothers who admit had they made the choice to supplement earlier, their mental health would have improved. Our mission at CSP is to create support for parents in hopes that in return, parents have the knowledge and confidence to make decisions that feel appropriate for their family. By weighing all options, while taking into account physical and mental health considerations, we hope these articles give you the information you need to succeed in whichever feeding method you decide.