Breast milk is nature’s ideal food for babies. It contains the perfect balance of nutrients and is easily digested.
Proper positioning or latching is especially important for successful breastfeeding.
Your breast milk will naturally change to adapt to your baby’s evolving nutritional needs.
Eat foods that are good sources of DHA, a type of Omega-3 fat. For more info, click here.
All breastfed babies, even those supplemented with infant formula, should receive a vitamin D supplement daily. For more info, click here.
It takes time and practice for you and your baby to learn to breastfeed. Before baby arrives, know where you can get help with breastfeeding.
Your baby will benefit from any amount of breast milk you are able to give her.
Here's some helpful information:
Planning on using formula?
You’re not alone
Breastfeeding is best for babies and is preferred whenever possible. However, if you choose formula, you’re not alone. In fact, recent consumer studies show that 9 out of every 10 new mothers use formula at some point during their baby's first year―including as a supplement to breast milk. The truth is, today's infant formulas are closer to breast milk than ever before and contain the nutrients your baby needs to grow and thrive.
Choose a formula with DHA
DHA is a brain-nourishing nutrient and an important nutrient in breast milk. A panel of experts recommend* that infant formula contains approximately 0.2%-0.5% (7.2 to 18 mg) of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) per 100 mL. For more information visit
Stock up on bottles and nipples
Babies can be picky, so buy a few different styles of bottles and nipples and see which ones your baby likes best.
5 things to keep in mind:
Bond while formula feeding
Cuddle, snuggle, and sing to baby just as you would during nursing, and enjoy the love fest. Bonus: Formula feeding gives Dad, Grandma and even siblings a chance to bond as well.
Ensure that grandparents and babysitters know how to prepare a bottle
Preparing formula isn’t hard, but you will want to stress the importance of following label instructions. With everyone on the same page, you can rest assured that your baby will get the nutrition she needs.
* Koletzko B et al. J Perinat. Med. 2008;36:5-14
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