Best For Baby: It’s Your Choice
Becoming a new mother is one of the most amazing and demanding roles in the world. From the moment we give birth, we are on duty 24/7. Every decision we make is about our newborn, and that can make some women feel quite pressured even on the most natural things.
Breastfeeding is a subject that has had a lot of attention over the years. There is a pressure over new mums to breastfeed as we are always told that it is best. Of course, nature did intend for us to feed our babies, but that doesn’t mean that we are any less of a mother if we choose not too. Some women and babies try so hard to get this right, but it can cause issues for both. If you are struggling when your baby is trying to feed, then this could make you feel disengaged, which will make the whole process harder.
It is your choice if you want to breastfeed or use formula. No midwife, nurse, partner or mother can make this decision for you. If you choose that it’s not for you, then you are doing the best for your baby and you.
One of the benefits of using formula is that you can see very easily how much your newborn is drinking. You are also able to relax and share the experience with other members of your family. This means you could take it in turns to do the night feeds and that you don’t have to worry about expressing milk or freezing it. So you can focus on the other things that need to be done.
When it comes to formula for your baby, you can be selective in what you choose to feed your baby. Baby formula has come a long way over the years, and there are multiple types. So get to know what you think is best for your newborn whether that’s cow vs goat baby formula, dairy-free or even organic. Currently, there are no vegan formulas available, but the dairy-free option does mean that vegan families can avoid using dairy to feed their children. Make sure that whichever type you do use, it has all the vitamins and nutrients your newborn needs. You should discuss this with your midwife if you have any concerns.
If you do your research and you do decide to breastfeed, you could mix the two to help you ensure your baby is getting enough milk if you are having trouble. Try to remember that most new mums find breastfeeding tricky, and it is actually quite rare for a newborn and new mum to get the balance right. Take your time, relax and keep gently trying until you find the right way. There is no rush, take all the support you can and remember that whatever happens, the most important thing you can give to your baby is a loving, supportive and safe family. If you have that, then everything else will work itself out.