Feeding Newborns - Starting Off Right
There are many choices to make when it comes to feeding newborns. Some of these choices will have long-term effects on both you and your newborn baby.
The most basic of all the newborn feeding questions is...
"Will I choose breast feeding or formula feeding?"
your life, as well as the hardest thing in your life."
Many women don't even have to debate this infant feeding question in their minds. Their family upbringing, culture, health, or current circumstances have already influenced them one way or the other.
Perhaps you are "on the fence" and just don't know what you should do for infant feeding. My best advice? Give breastfeeding a try.
Breast feeding newborns for even a few weeks is beneficial to both moms and babies. If you truly think it's not for you, you can switch to formula feeding. However, you may find that you love it!
Click here to read what other moms have to say about the advantages of breastfeeding (or share why YOU love it).
On the other hand, if you don't even try it, you'll never know...
Your decisions about infant feeding are very personal decisions. Only you know which methods will make you comfortable. We are here to give you as much information as we can so that you can make informed decisions.
If you already know what you are going to do - GREAT! If you will be formula feeding, continue reading. If you have chosen to breast feed, go ahead and skip down the page to the breast feeding section.
"I will be formula feeding my baby."
Whether you have arrived at the decision to formula feed your newborn baby by choice or because of health, set aside any doubts or guilt. Don't allow others to make you feel bad about your infant feeding decision.
Your baby will grow and thrive on formula. With the great advances that have been made in the development of formula, you can be confident that his nutritional needs will be met. The deep bond that you will establish with your baby has nothing to do with the type of milk that he drinks.
Look at some of the advantages when your infant feeding choice is formula:
To be able to meet all of your newborn feeding needs, you will want to be prepared. You will need supplies such as:
"I've decided to breast feed."
Most women are aware of the benefits of breast milk for feeding newborns, but fewer are aware of how much breast feeding can benefit the mother. You'll feel even better about your decision when you have read about the benefits of breast feeding. Breastmilk is the perfect food for a feeding newborns. While formula manufacturers can try to come close, none can promise the long term health and financial benefits that breast feeding provides for both baby and mom.
While there can be some costs associated with breast feeding newborns (see the checklist below), there is no doubt that formula feeding babies will cost a great deal more over the period of your baby's first year.
Add to that the additional costs of health care and missed work due to greater incidence of illness among formula feeding newborns, and its "no-contest" which one wins out financially.
While breast feeding for any length of time is beneficial, it is recommended that you exclusively breast feed for your baby's first 6 months. At this point, your infant feedings would consist of breastmilk and gradually increased amounts of babyfood.
I breast fed all of my 9 children (7 of them exclusively). At last count, that means that I have spent approximately 125 months breast feeding babies (that's 10+ years!).
There were many rough spots, especially during the first couple of months of feeding newborns. I've had to work through breast feeding problems including sore breasts, many breast infections, struggles to increase milk supply, and even a diagnosis of "failure to thrive".
When my ninth baby couldn't latch properly, my resolve to breastfeed was severely challenged, but I recognized the value in perservering. I ended up exclusively pumping for her, yet I have NEVER regretted my committment to breast feed.
Are you struggling with mastitis or a sore back? Breastfeeding babies can be hard on a new moms body, but there are plenty of simple things you can do to help make this time easier.
Do you have twins? Breastfeeding two babies is no doubt a challenge, but many mothers are very successful in doing so. See this site for more info on breastfeeding and tandem nursing twins.
Some expectant mothers think they would like to nurse their babies, but are concerned about learning how to breastfeed. Others wonder how to make it work when they return to their jobs. Perhaps they have even tried to breast feed in the past, but were unsuccessful. Now they are not sure if they want to try again. If these are your concerns, we can help. Check out the How To Breast Feed pages.
There are a few "accessory" items that can be extremely helpful in breast feeding newborns. Here are some of them...
Time spent feeding newborns can be some of the best bonding opportunities. Be sure to take advantage of this special time with your baby by making it more than nutritional benefit. Treasure it as an opportunity to nurture your relationship.
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