There had been many debates in the past about what is best for babies—breast milk or formula. Breast milk is unarguably the best milk for babies, but there is also a way to make the combination of breast milk and infant formula work. Both types of milk can complement each other.
Without doubt, the best food for babies from newborn stage is mother’s milk. It is the most nutritious food for them as it is packed with essential vitamins, protein, and fat needed for the baby’s body and immune health. The colostrum found in mother’s milk is rich in anti-bodies that help babies fight harmful viruses and bacteria. Breast milk, as a whole, also helps decrease the chance of asthma and allergies developing in infants. In fact, the site WebMD.Com says infants fed with nothing but mother’s milk for six months straight—with absolutely no formula milk—have a considerably lower chance of getting ear infections, diarrhea, and respiratory ailments, reducing hospitalization and medical checkups due to illnesses.
Even some noted formula milk manufacturers are amenable to the idea that breast milk is better than formula milk. But the latter is not just a placebo product that only works in theory. Most brands of formula milk in the market carry substantial nutrition beneficial for infants during their growing up years. However, mothers need the guidance and close monitoring of pediatricians on which types and brands are good for their babies. No one formula milk is a cure-all (or feed-all) solution for all babies across the board. Each baby has unique feeding requirements and milk formulation quality appropriate for them. Moreover, each infant age group has a suitable milk formulation. [INPOSTLB]
Why the Breast Milk-Infant Formula Combo Works
In these modern times, many parents have found the idea of supplementing breast milk with formula beneficial for them and the baby for the following reasons:
- Some mothers have difficulty producing enough breast milk. This is where formula milk suitably enters the picture as a temporary substitute.
- Not all babies suck from the breasts. For some reason, they are more skillful at sucking from feeding bottles. Again, infant formula milk helps tremendously in this case as a temporary substitute.
- At times when the mother is sick and taking strong drugs, like antibiotics, breastfeeding is not possible. Again, infant formula can save the situation.
- When traveling in public transportation or going to crowded places, some mothers find the idea of exposing their breasts in public to breastfeed absurd. Thus, bottle feeding is more convenient.
- During power outages due to calamities and feeding bottles cannot be sterilized, breastfeeding is an ideal fallback.
Mother’s milk and infant formula are perfect allies in infant feeding and care. Each type of milk has pros and cons, but you can get the best out of the two by combining the two.