Not every mum has access to information about the importance of breastfeeding. To be frank, the information most readily available to most of us is utter pish-posh. I say this because some doctors say breastfeed, and others say, all too freely, your baby needs cows milk.
Only in a few cases does a baby ‘need’ cows milk. Now, I don’t claim to be an expert but I’ve done my share of research and I have read over and over again that there are a few medical scenarios in which a baby ‘needs’ cows milk, (that’s formula by the way):
– if the mother has HIV/AIDS
– if the mother has had a double mastectomy
– if the mother is seriously ill and/or is on any medication that could be toxic to the baby through the breastmilk
– if the mother is undergoing radiation treatment, which can affect the breastmilk
– if the baby was born before 32 weeks (this is a temporary need, the mother can mix feed and then breastfeed exclusively if she wishes)
– if the baby has Galactosemia, a rare metabolic genetic disorder (in this case all forms of milk are to be avoided)
If none of the above are applicable, then breast is best, any difficulties can be smoothed out with patience and perseverance.
Formula milk does not and cannot replace the benefits of breastmilk. I mean, a baby will be full up instead of hungry, but they are not protected from illnesses and diseases like they would be if they were breastfed.
Seek advice and further information before you decide to move on to formula.
I leave you with this… formula cows milk is an artificial milk created to support families with the problems mentioned above. Formula was designed to be used when it is medically needed.
In you case, is it? Is it medically needed?