When to Supplement Breast Feeding with Formula
Most new moms begin the breastfeeding journey with high hopes. According to several studies, more than 80 percent of new moms intend to breast feed their babies for at least 6 months. However, as many new moms discover, breastfeeding isn’t always a rosy picture of mom cradling baby blissfully in her arms.
Many issues can arise during the breastfeeding process, such as latch issues and sore nipples. But, when do breastfeeding challenges put the health of your baby at risk and when is it time to consider supplementing with baby formula?
Several factors can affect a doctor’s recommendation to supplement with formula, including:
Baby isn’t gaining enough weight.
Almost all babies lose weight after birth, but a steady decline in weight approximately 3 – 4 weeks after birth is a sign that baby isn’t getting the nutrients she needs.
Mom isn’t producing enough milk.
There are many reasons for a low milk supply and some just can’t remedy the problem.
Mom has a health condition.
If mom has a health condition that limits her ability to breast feed or reduces her milk supply, it may be time to consider supplementing with a formula.
Mom needs a break.
As mentioned above, breastfeeding is hard work and combined with the other challenges of motherhood, can be exhausting for mom.
Mom has to go back to work.
Moms who go back to work may find it challenging to pump enough breast milk to meet the demands of a growing baby.
Formula Can Help Breastfeeding
As you can see, there are many reasons for supplementing breast milk with infant formula. Regardless of what the reasons are for you choosing to supplement with formula, you shouldn’t feel bad or let anyone make you feel bad for your choice. Many moms feel pressured (unnecessarily) to exclusively breastfeed, but oftentimes, quickly discover that a bottle or two of formula a day can enhance nursing.
European Baby Formulas Don’t Contain Added Sugars
Luckily, moms today can give their babies the next best thing to breast milk – European baby formula. Organic infant formula made in Europe is not like the organic formula made here in the U.S. European manufacturers like Holle do not use any added sugars or synthetic preservatives in their formulas.
The milk used to make formulas like HIPP are sourced from cows bred on biodynamic farms where they are not penned up or abused. European organic formulas are made according to strict standards and do not contain:
- Soy oil
- Rice syrup or brown rice syrup solids
- Soy lethicin
- DHA or ARA
- Highly processed vegetable oils
For more information about the organic formulas My Organic Formula carries, visit our FAQ page or shoot us an email by submitting a contact form. We’re here to help and will do our best to get back to you promptly!