Nutrition

The First Choice: Breast or Bottle?

the first choice breast or bottle

Always keeping in mind that a mother’s breast milk is special and unique for her infant, but formula fed babies can thrive too!

• Feeding your baby is about more than just eating, it is also about connecting
• Breast milk protects baby from being sick
• Working moms can breast feed by pumping their milk
• Formula fed babies and their mothers can form close relationships

Some mothers find the choice between formula and breast feeding very easy to make, while others find it difficult. Knowledge is power and talking to your doctor is a good place to start. Always keeping in mind that a mother’s breast milk is special and unique for her infant, but formula fed babies can thrive too! Babies know when they are hungry and when they are full. When hungry, babies will turn towards the nipple and make sucking motions; when full they let go of the nipple, turn, or fall asleep.

To find more information, check out:

http://ohioaap.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/2-ParentsHandouts_Breastfeeding.pdf

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/default.aspx

This and other exclusive tips from the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics are shared via Bloomz, the app connecting parents and educators everywhere. Want to get them on your phone? Invite your child’s teacher, coach or care provider to sign up for a free Bloomz account.

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