Deciding how to feed your baby is one of the biggest decisions you will have to make as a parent. The following points will reveal the pros and cons of each method. It is ultimately up to you what is best for your family. Choose care providers who help you gather information and support your choices.
Pumping and bottle-feeding with breastmilk
If you prefer to pump breast milk and feed your baby with a bottle (exclusively pump):
If you are unable to breastfeed, or choose not to breastfeed, formula is an alternative for infants.
Whatever feeding method you settle on, the choice is a personal one. You can also do a combination of things, i.e. breastfeeding for 20 minutes and formula-feeding after.
What matters most is that your baby is fed and cared for (and that you are cared for, too!). You may even hire a lactation consultant like myself or another one you know to discuss what you’d like to do. Remember, no matter how your baby is being fed, love is the best “medicine” for your baby!