The question “should I breastfeed or bottle feed “is one that most new mums will ask themselves at least once before their baby is born.
You have probably heard of the saying ‘Breast is Best’ and this is true in most cases because it helps defend against infections, prevent allergies, and protect against a number of chronic conditions.
It is recommended that babies should be breastfed for the first 6 months. It is also encouraged that you carry on breastfeeding until at least 12 months although bottle feeding to help supplement the breast is also recommended.
However some new mums will find it is not that easy to breastfeed and may need some help and support from their midwife or health visitor. If you are having any concerns, don’t be afraid to ask.
There are lots of reasons why a new mum would want to bottle feed their baby instead of breastfeeding. Sometimes this can be by choice or because of illness but you should never feel guilty.
“I decided to bottle feed my daughter because I was unwell.The thought of breastfeeding on top of coping with my illness and being a new mum was frankly just too much.”
Bottle milk formula has been developed to give as many health benefits as breast milk with added vitamins.
When bottle feeding your baby always hold him rather than placing him in a highchair.
“When our son was born I just naturally decided on the bottle so that my husband could help and give me the support I needed. He was able to give our son lots of cuddles whilst bottle feeding which helped him with the bonding process.”
Whether you breastfeed or bottle feed it is an important bonding moment for you and your baby.
Give your baby lots of cuddles, eye contact and chat to him whilst you are feeding him. This will help with the bonding process. Allow yourself time to connect with him and enjoy those special moments.
The decision to breastfeed or bottle feed your baby is a very personal one. So take your time and chat to health visitor for advice and support.
Decide what is right for you and your baby and just enjoy the cuddles!