So why offer infant formula?
The truth is breastfeeding doesn’t always pan out the way we’d like and we need a back-up plan for our hungry little ones.
As parents we can get to this point of needing formula from many different paths, perhaps low on milk supply, work commitments,
fussy attachment, illness …. we all have our story.
I can still remember the day when I sat down with my son to feed one evening, and after a few minutes of unfulfilled feeding he pulled
of my breast and looked at me as though he was saying “Are these suckers on!” We had made it to 13 months and I knew it was time to get
some extra support and find a formula that would work for him.
Of course this is the important part, what works best? We recommend that you consult your doctor or health worker for advice when you
are considering bottle feeding, and remember every child’s development is different, so be sure to consult with your health care
professional if you have any concerns.
Also remember a decision not to breast-feed, or to introduce partial bottle-feeding, could reduce the supply of your breast-milk. Once
reduced, it is difficult to re-establish your production. We also suggest you consider the social and financial implications of your choice,
remembering the preparation requirements and the cost of providing formula until 12 months of age.