Breast milk has numerous health and developmental benefits. New mothers need to be aware of the benefits of breastfeeding and how it can contribute in making a difference towards the health of your baby. The formula contains all the nutrients your baby needs, and introducing it — whether during the first few weeks or a few months later — doesn’t necessarily signal that your nursing days are coming to a close anytime soon.
When should women opt for Combination Feeding?
Combination feeding makes particular sense in these three scenarios.
When You Aren’t Making Enough Milk
When You Need Extra Sleep
When You Can’t Pump
If your baby repeatedly seems hungry after you breastfeed him, you may have a low milk supply.
Breast milk works best on a supply and demand basis; with the more, your baby feeds the more milk your body produces. Mix feeding your baby, therefore, may affect your milk supply meaning that you produce less and that your milk supply may eventually dry up.
A mother’s body learns how much your baby will need to eat and will produce that much milk for your baby.
Why don’t most lactation consultants encourage supplementing?
Using a formula to supplement breastfeeding is believed to lower milk supply.
Benefits of Breastfeeding:
Fights infections and other conditions.
Sudden infant death syndrome (sids)
Nutrition and ease of digestion – Often called the “perfect food” for a human baby’s digestive system, breast milk’s components — lactose, protein (whey and casein), and fat — are easily digested by a newborn.
Smarter babies – Some studies suggest that children who were exclusively breastfed have slightly higher IQs than children who were formula fed.
Skin-to-skin contact – Many nursing mothers really enjoy the experience of bonding so closely with their babies. And the skin-to-skin contact can enhance the emotional connection between mother and infant.
Beneficial for mothers too – The ability to totally nourish a baby can help a new mother feel confident in her ability to care for her baby. Breastfeeding also burns calories and helps shrink the uterus, so nursing moms may be able to return to their pre-pregnancy shape and weight quicker. Also, studies show that breastfeeding helps lower the risk of breast cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, and also may help decrease the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer.