It is OK not to want to breastfeed or use breast milk to feed your baby. You are not doing your baby an injustice if you decide to feed exclusively with formula. Whichever feeding method you select IS the right way for you. Do your research, know your options, and make the decision that feels right for YOU and your family.
Exclusively breastfeeding, especially during the first few weeks postpartum, takes a whole lot of dedication, time, and patience with the process. Help from a lactation counselor, surrounding yourself with people who support your choice, and consideration of the below feeding methods will get you through the rough patches.
- Breastmilk directly from breast or pumped and delivered by bottle, cup, syringe, or SNS system, etc.
- Breastmilk collected from a milk bank or donated by friends and family and fed to baby using a bottle, cup, syringe, or SNS system, etc.
- Formula delivered by bottle, cup, syringe, or SNS system, etc.
- Hybrid version of using formula or breastmilk to be fed via bottle, SNS, etc. and/or feeding with the breast directly.
Some people find that their bodies have a hard time producing enough breastmilk to keep up with their baby’s demand for it. This is where a hybrid mixture of feeding directly from the breast and using donor milk and/or formula is quite beneficial to increase supply as well as keeping your baby well-fed.
You can do this! Have confidence in the method you choose and know that your baby is going to thrive! If you are in the Atlanta metro area, consider hiring an expert from our lactation team to help you resolve any breastfeeding issues.