For whatever reason it may be, whether it be a busy schedule, career options or drying up. Thankfully, mother’s have two options when changing from breast milk to infant formula:
- Complementary bottle feeding – Whereby you accompany breast milk with the occasional infant formula
- Full bottle feed – Only feeding your baby infant formula
Complementary bottle feeding allows you to still share that close bond and provide your baby with all its natural nutrients as well as being able to return to work or a busier schedule without the stress of worrying. When breast feeding, you provide natural nourishment for your baby plus the added convenience of bottle feeding. In today’s society, more and more woman are returning to secular work quicker – this does not mean that your baby has to miss out on breastfeeding. Instead, accompany your regular breastfeeds with infant formula feeds when you’re absent. This allows for your baby’s carer, whether it be your partner or family member, to share in the precious time to bond with your young infant. Infant formula has been fortified with all the vitamins and minerals evident in breast milk so do not feel that your baby isn’t receiving the same optimal nutriments.
If your choice is to move your baby straight onto infant formula, you can find relief in knowing that it contains ingredients which strengthens and fortifies your baby’s immune system.
As the mother, keep in mind your own feelings and what you are comfortable giving your baby. If you are unable to continue breastfeeding, do not feel disappointed in yourself. Rather, find consolation in knowing that you are able to duplicate the same conditions when bottle feeding.