It can be difficult to know which of the benefits for breastfeeding and formula-feeding are true, and which ones are myths. The decision to breastfeed or bottle feed your baby is ultimately something important for you and your doctor to decide what is best for your baby. Still, it doesn’t hurt to do some research on your own. Read below for the debunking of a few common formula-feeding misconceptions.
Myth #1: Nipple confusion causes breastfeeding problems.
Sometimes, nipple confusion is just based on nipple preference. Try different nipple styles to see what works best for your baby. Click here for more information about nipple confusion.
Myth #2: Formula is lacking complete nutrition.
Formulas today are more similar than ever to breast milk. Some babies need nutrients from supplements, like vitamin D, that formula can provide.
Myth #3: Not breastfeeding can effect your bonding with your baby.
False! During feeding, your baby only knows that he or she is being held, fed and most importantly loved. They cannot discern how they are being fed. For some, formula-feeding happens to lower your stress levels, which can be a bonus benefit for you and your baby. The time you two spend together is what builds the bond, regardless of if you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding.
Myth #4: Formula-feeding diminishes breast milk.
False! The amount of milk your body produces correlates with the amount of milk your baby drinks. The less breast milk your baby drinks, the less breast milk your body produces. However, introducing formula to your baby’s diet doesn’t cause your breast milk to disappear. Your breasts are just adjusting as needed.
Talk to your doctor about your concerns and questions to determine what path you should take for you and your baby. For more busted formula myths, check out this article from Formulaland.