There’s a lot of information out there about breastfeeding vs. formula-feeding. It’s normal to have questions. Get answers so you can make an informed decision for you and your baby.
Breastfeeding Question #1: Can I breastfeed and use formula?
A: Breastfeeding vs. formula, choosing between breastfeeding and formula doesn't have to be an either-or decision. Many parents feed their infants both breast milk and formula at some point during their baby's first few months – this is more commonly known as supplementing or combination feeding. Some surveys suggest supplementing actually helps moms breastfeed longer.
Breastfeeding Question #2: Do bottles cause nipple confusion?
A: Babies can experience nipple confusion, but that’s not necessarily due to the bottle versus the breast. Sometimes it’s simply due to a nipple preference. Experiment with different nipple styles to find ones that work best for your baby
Breastfeeding Question #3: Will formula-feeding decrease my milk supply?
A: The more breast milk your baby drinks, the more your body produces. However, adding formula to your baby's diet after your milk supply is established won’t make your milk disappear. Typically, your milk production adjusts so that you produce the amount your infant needs.
Breastfeeding Question #4: Are breastfed babies smarter?
A: We agree that breast milk has benefits that infant formula doesn't yet replicate. But, our Enfamil infant formulas, which have prebiotics (to support the immune system) and the fatty acids DHA and ARA (for brain and eye development), are helpful to your baby's health and development. Some of our formulas have more components found in breast milk – Lactoferrin and MFGM (to support cognitive development).
Breastfeeding Question #5: Does Enfamil offer formula that is similar to breast milk?
A: Our formulas are closer to breast milk than ever before. Many have nutrients that breastfed babies may only get from supplements, such as vitamin D. Just like breast milk, formula has important omega-3 fatty acid called DHA (a building block for your baby's brain and eyes).
Breastfeeding Question #6: Will formula-feeding prevent me from bonding with my baby?
A: Your baby doesn't know how they’re being fed, only that they’re held, loved, and nourished. So, if formula-feeding lowers your stress levels and keeps you happy, that's a win for both of you.
The bottom line is try not to stress over the choice between breastfeeding vs. formula-feeding. Ultimately, it's not about breast milk versus formula; it's about what's best for you and your little one.
Thinking about transitioning to formula or adding it into your routine? Learn the best way to make the switch. Have more formula and breastfeeding questions? Chat with your doctor to get even more information.
“To me the first year is about surviving, doing whatever it takes to make baby and family healthy and happy.” – Enfamil® mom