Not breastfeeding is associated with health risks for both mothers and infants. Epidemiologic data suggest that women who do not breastfeed face higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer, obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease.
Can a baby grow healthy without breast milk?
For moms who can’t breastfeed or who decide not to, infant formula is a healthy alternative. Formula provides babies with the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. Some mothers worry that if they don’t breastfeed, they won’t bond with their baby.
Is formula just as good as breast milk?
“Formula is a safe and nutritionally complete alternative to breast milk,” Jung says. “For things like I.Q., asthma, allergies, eczema — once you account for income and education, there’s almost no difference between breastfeeding and formula feeding.
What are the disadvantages of breastfeeding?
- You may feel discomfort, particularly during the first few days or weeks.
- There isn’t a way to measure how much your baby is eating.
- You’ll need to watch your medication use, caffeine, and alcohol intake. Some substances that go into your body are passed to the baby through your milk.
- Newborns eat frequently.
What formula is most like breast milk?
Here are our top two formulas that mimic breastmilk:
- Enfamil Enspire Infant Formula.
- Similac Pro-Advance Non-GMO Infant Formula with Iron.
- Happy Baby Organics Organic Stage 1 Milk-Based Powder with Iron Infant Formula.
- Earth’s Best Organic Dairy Infant Powder Formula.
- Kirkland Signature ProCare Non-GMO Infant Formula.
What happens if you don’t breastfeed your baby?
For infants, not being breastfed is associated with an increased incidence of infectious morbidity, including otitis media, gastroenteritis, and pneumonia, as well as elevated risks of childhood obesity, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, leukemia, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Why is my baby refusing the breast?
Changes in your smell due to a new soap, perfume, lotion or deodorant might cause your baby to lose interest in breast-feeding. Changes in the taste of breast milk — triggered by the food you eat, medication, your period or getting pregnant again — also can trigger a breast-feeding strike.