Breast is best.. every mother to be hears some variation of this. If you choose to breastfeed you are put up on a pedestal. To not breastfeed is looked down upon. I have a lot of friends who couldn’t breastfeed for lack of supply or other issues and they definitely felt guilty and inadequate. The moms that are in the most difficult situation are the moms that go back to work… between meetings and deadlines and often no space to pump it is very difficult to keep your milk supply up. I had the same issue when I went back to work full time. There was no place for me to pump so I would pump in my car while driving around. My days are so jam packed that I often go through the day without even eating. I am strong believer in breast feeding as I think it really does lay the foundation for healthy children. It helps babies develop a taste for a variety of food. It also appears to have a positive impact on academic performance, especially for boys.
If you are unable to breastfeed till the recommended 1 year mark make sure you are buying the correct formula. New research shows that the type of formula you use can have an impact on whether you r baby will be an overweight child or an obese adult. It turns out cow protein based formula, which is most of the major baby formula, you may be predisposing your child towards obesity. The study suggests that we would be better off providing Protein hydrolysate formula for the babies. Protein Hydrolysate Formulas are meant for babies who have a milk or soy allergy.