Why Use Formula?

Mother breastfeeding

Breastmilk and formula are often paired up against each other as contestants in one of the hottest parenting debates. While some mothers have a choice as to which to feed their child, others do not. For every woman, the decision (forced or otherwise) is hers to make. Many women elect formula feeding before trying breastfeeding and others make a transition later. Breastmilk is best for the baby in a vast majority of circumstances, but formula is a very healthy alternative for those that elect to offer it to their babies.

Mothers With Certain Diseases Shouldn’t Breastfeed

Even if you’re desperate to breastfeed, women with chronic diseases such as HIV, AIDs and Hepatitis should absolutely not breastfeed their babies. Your disease can pass through your body fluids, including breastmilk, to your baby. An astonishing number of babies are born free of HIV to mothers who have contracted the disease. Sadly, these babies are then put to the breast and contract HIV a short time after birth. Know your health condition and discuss the possibilities of passing it through breastmilk with your doctor – preferably a specialist.

Mothers on Drugs Shouldn’t Breastfeed

It’s not just disease that passes through the breastmilk to the baby. Mothers who abuse drugs – pharmaceuticals and narcotics, should certainly not breastfeed as these drugs are contaminating the baby’s bloodstream as much as the mothers. The same is true of alcoholic mothers or even those who choose to drink frequently or heavily. Most breastfeeding mothers who choose to have the occasional glass of wine simply pump a feeding after the splurge and discard the milk to avoid the risk to baby. It is those who don’t take this step that risk harm to their baby through breastfeeding.

Mothers Who Take Certain Medications Shouldn’t Breastfeed

Certain medications are extremely harmful to babies and mothers who are taking these prescriptions should not breastfeed. If a prescription is deemed harmful during a pregnancy, it likely harmful while breastfeeding as well. Speak with your doctor about your options regarding medications. It may be that there are other versions available that have been proven safe for breastfeeding or your might be able to stop the medication for a few months to give your baby the best start in life.

Mothers Unable To Latch Their Babies Properly

If a mother has a situation that prevents her baby from latching – perhaps the baby has a cleft palette or is tongue-tied, she might not be able to breastfeed. She might have the option of pumping and feeding bottles of breastmilk, or she might simply elect to feed formula after a certain point or initially.

Mother’s Milk Supply is Low

It is a very real thing that some mothers simply don’t produce enough milk to breastfeed their babies exclusively. Others start out with a healthy supply, but fail to keep up as their baby grows. Pumping can also be a culprit as it doesn’t encourage the body to meet new supply demands as a nursing baby does.

Formula is a Better Lifestyle Solution

Breastfeeding is a challenge for most women as they figure out how to latch a baby and then meet his demands day and night. For those women without outside support or a lifestyle that isn’t conducive, the demands of breastfeeding might be too much and formula feeding is simply the more viable option.

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