Why should new moms have to defend the benefits of breastfeeding? If you’re a new mom, that is a pretty big question. You’ll hear all sorts of advice on the topic and will most definitely be pressured on both ends of the spectrum. Pushy lactation experts and even pushier grandmothers will claim to have all the answers, but here is what we know for sure: ignore EVERYTHING you are told. No one knows what is right for you or your baby except you. It is your choice and your choice alone whether you breast or bottle-feed.
Of course, there are pros and cons to any choice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention argues “Breast milk is widely acknowledged as the most complete form of nutrition for infants, with a range of benefits for infants’ health, growth, immunity and development.” But what if you are unable to successfully breastfeed or if it causes you intense pain, anxiety or even depression? Surely a sane mother is equally important to ensure the health of your infant. Point being, there is no one right answer and you need to think about what is best for you. We know…easier said than done. The dirty looks and finger-wagging judgment from the other moms on the block are hard to tune out. So here are 10 tips to help you choose and cope with the choice between breastfeeding and formula feeding.
- Consider the bonding.
Judgment may come and go, but latenight snuggle sessions with your baby will disappear once they hit their teen years and want nothing to do with you. Think about the bonding you will experience. It’s one of the biggest benefits of breastfeeding and it will not last forever. When you’re frustrated or doubting your choice just snuggle up with your baby and ignore the haters.
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