The process of feeding milk to babies can be very different between mothers. The benefits and risks of each approach need to be balanced against other factors at play in the life of the mother, the baby, and the family.
Mothers should not feel pressured to breastfeed nor guilty about your decisions. Rather they should make an informed decision after exploring their options.
Health-care providers and their organizations recommend breastfeeding because the research shows that this has the most benefits compared to other feeding methods. Indeed, even any breastfeeding has benefits. In order of benefits, babies can be:
- Fed expressed breast milk
- Breastfed and supplemented with other milk
- Partially breastfed
- Infant formula-fed
We present this as information for families to use when making decisions about feeding their baby. If you are feeling unhappy or conflicted, please speak with your health-care providers.