Breastfeeding is best
When it comes to babies, breastfeeding is best, and provides the ideal balanced diet and protection against illness for your baby. During pregnancy and after delivery, a mother’s diet should contain sufficient key nutrients. Professional guidance can be sought on diet and the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding.
A decision not to breastfeed, or to introduce partial bottle feeding, could reduce the supply of breastmilk. Once reduced, it is difficult to re-establish. Infant formula should be prepared and used as directed. Unnecessary or improper use, such as the use of unboiled water, unsterilised bottles or incorrect dilution may present a health hazard. Social and financial implications, including the cost of providing formula until 12 months of age, should be considered before making a decision to formula feed.
As every child’s development is different, be sure to consult with a healthcare professional for individual advice about feeding your baby.