When you become a mom, you’ll have to decide how to feed your new baby. For at least the first six months, a baby needs to be fed breast milk, formula, or a combination of both.
Your community health center is a good source for support. They can help you with Maternity Support Services and Milk Banks. They can also help you get a free breast pump and give you good advice on feeding.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast milk, but formula is also a healthy option.
Here are some benefits of breast feeding:
- It helps your baby fight off illnesses
- It makes your baby less gassy and constipated
- It could make your baby healthier later in life
- It reduces your risk for certain cancers and other problems
- It’s free
Formula also has benefits:
- Anyone can help feed your baby
- It’s easier to schedule feedings around jobs and sleep
- You don’t have to feed your baby as often
- You don’t have to avoid alcohol or certain foods
Make your choice based on what is best for you and your baby. Formula and breast milk are both healthy options. What’s most important is that your baby is fed, cared for, and loved.