There is no question that the benefits of breast milk are plentiful. For little ones, breast milk naturally evolves to meet a baby’s ever changing nutritional needs; mother’s milk offers antibodies that protect from infection, and has been linked with reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
For mothers, breastfeeding can help to speed up the recovery process, reduce the risks of certain cancers, and breastfeeding can play an important role in fighting postpartum depression.
For these reasons and more it is recommended that breastfeeding continues exclusively for the first 6 months of a child’s life, but for many parents and caregivers this is not practical.
It is extremely important for mothers to know that when it comes to breastfeeding, it doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing experience.
In some instances, breastfeeding moms may choose to supplement their baby with baby formula. This is an excellent way for mom and baby to continue receiving all the benefits of breastfeeding but offers an alternative when medical or life circumstances make exclusive breastfeeding impossible.
Whether out of necessity, convenience, or simply a personal choice, there are many reasons families choose this type of combination feeding.