Breast milk or formula
It is recommended that your baby receive your milk and only your milk until they are six months of age, unless there is a medical reason for you to supplement it. Your body was made to sustain your little one’s life. No formula can match the unique properties of breast milk.
In the first few days after birth some mums worry that their babies are not getting enough breast milk, because in the first days newborn babies feed up to 10 or 12 times a day. Well-meaning friends and family may suggest that your baby be fed formula until your milk ‘comes in’. But in fact, a newborn’s stomach is tiny (about the size of a marble) and can only hold a teaspoon or so of fluid at a time. That is the approximate amount of colostrum or first milk that is available at each feed. It is exactly what babies need in their first few days of life and it is just the right amount.
A few days after delivery, colostrum will change into transitional milk and then into mature milk over a period of 7 to 10 days. Feeding your baby with a bottle or feeding formula and thus reducing the time and frequency your baby breastfeeds can influence your milk production. This may, as a consequence, interfere with your breastfeeding success.
Breast milk is species-specific, tailor made, adapted to your baby's needs, full of live cells and easy to digest. Formula is based on cow's milk and has factory-defined content. No formula can match your breast milk’s unique properties, no matter how many vitamins, minerals and supplements are added to what is, in fact, nothing more than a chemical formulation.
If you have questions about breast milk or formula, do not hesitate to contact your healthcare provider or a lactation consultant.