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Formula Feeding Myths

Let’s talk more myths! This time round, let’s bust some formula feeding fables that may not be so true!

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You are missing out on bonding with your baby if you formula feed

Bonding with your bub depends on skin-to-skin contact and facial recognition, which means that you are not missing out if you choose to formula feed. All this means is more snuggle time, so keep those hugs coming! (Who can resist anyway?)

Formula lacks the complete nutrition a baby needs

Although there are benefits to breastfeeding, formulas are designed specifically with babies in mind. Some formulas do a pretty good job of supplementing and remember, not all breast milk is the same- “people think breastfeeding is nutritionally complete, but many mothers don’t realise the nutritional content of breast milk can vary based on factors like maternal diet, genetics and geography.” As long as baby isn’t overly fussy, excessively gassy or spitting up frequently, and is growing according to your pediatrician’s recommendations, it’s a good sign he or she is getting enough nutrition—regardless of whether you’re breastfeeding or formula feeding. (The Bump 2018)

You need to warm the bottle

According to Meaghan Grant (Co-Owner of Toronto Family Doulas, Certified Labour and Postpartum Doula), you may not need to warm the bottle from a medical standpoint. Formula is easy to warm up because you can mix and serve if you want. Pumped milk might need to be warmed slightly, but only because the fattiest milk can separate (like cream rising to the top) and needs to be gently mixed back in. If the fat clings to the side of the bottle, holding it under running water for a minute should help.

Here’s the thing though: if you start by warming up the bottle, that is what your baby is going to learn to expect. If you start with a warmed bottle from the beginning, your baby might reject a cold or room temperature bottle later on. If you start as you mean to continue, either with a cool or room temperature bottle, your baby is more likely to accept that as normal. (HuffPost Canada 2018)

Formula fed babies aren’t as smart as breastfed babies

There are DHA fatty acids that are important for brain development, as well as ARA for eye development in all types of baby formula. It is the law for these essential nutrients to be in any baby formula that is being sold as it is part of the nutritional requirements that must be met- according to the same source. Therefore, no one can predict a child’s IQ based on whether they were breastfed or formula fed. (Babygaga 2018)

Formula feeders are selfish/stupid/something to be pitied

Absolutely no way! At mothersknowbest, we encourage and support which ever method a mummy might pick in feeding their baby. Every mother is different and it is up to them to decide the best feeding method/s for their bubs. We want to have a safe space for mothers to be confident in what they pick and to support them in their choices. Formula feeding is just as important as breastfeeding, despite the ongoing debate and we should aim to empower and support all women regardless,.

 

That’s all for today, comment down some myths that you’ve come across about formula feeding!

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