When getting ready for your new baby’s arrival, one of the most important decisions you will make is what you will feed your baby. Whether you’ve already decided how to feed your baby or are still making up your mind, our goal is to give you the information you need. This form can also help your healthcare team follow your wishes.
Feeding a baby in the first few days can be difficult, no matter what you feed your baby. For many moms and babies, breastfeeding is a learned skill that takes practice for a few weeks. There are very few medical reasons why a woman should not breastfeed.
Normal way to feed baby
Baby is better able to fight infections
Tailored to your baby’s needs
Better weight normalization for mom
Less cost, more WIC benefits
Any breastmilk is a success!
In general, the longer you breastfeed, the greater the benefits will be to you and your baby, and the longer these benefits will last.
Higher risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death)
Baby has higher risk of sickness such as diarrhea, ear infections, cold, flu, asthma and allergies
Baby also has higher lifetime risk of diabetes and obesity
Formula should only be given to a breastfed baby for a medical reason.
Even just one bottle of formula can cause:
Reduced breastmilk supply
Nipple and milk flow confusion
Stretching of the baby’s stomach
Allergies and illness for the baby
Mom’s body makes milk just for her baby’s specific needs. Breastmilk changes to meet your baby’s needs.
Breastmilk has benefits that formula does not such as: antibodies, hormones, anti-viruses, anti-allergies, anti-parisites, growth factors and enzymes.
Quicker recovery from pregnancy and birth.
Burns 380-600 calories per day.
Exclusive breastfeeding can prevent ovulation leads to healthier pregnancy spacing.
Less chance of developing diabetes, postpartum depression, breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Helps both mom and baby with bonding.
Extra benefits if WIC
MYTH: My lifestyle and sleep will be easier if I formula feed.
FACT: Breastfeeding is easier after you learn. Research suggests sleep quality is better when you breastfeed.
MYTH: Babies learn to suck best from a bottle.
FACT: Learning to suck from a breast has more health benefits. The flow of milk from a bottle is typically too much, too fast.
More “colic”/stomach upset and diarrhea
Even one bottle of formula alters baby’s good gut bacteria and can stretch baby’s stomach
High exposure to sugar, GMO, synthetic vitamins
Mixing mistakes during preparation
36% higher risk of SIDS
23-77% higher risk of ear infections
63-77% higher risk of respiratory infections
74% higher risk of “RSV”
26-40% higher risk of asthma
27%-52% higher risk of allergies
Formula contamination and recalls - rare
As baby grows:
30-40% higher risk of diabetes
15-30% higher risk of teen and adult obesity
Higher risk of childhood leukemia
Less brain development, lower IQs
Normal discomforts when baby starts sucking – but these soon go away all together
Mastitis/plugged ducts - NOT common and can be prevented
Breast discomfort/engorgement when milk increases at 2-5 days after birth, but then goes away
Commitment required by mom
Some (not all) moms or babies need time to learn
Slower recovery from birth and pregnancy, heavier blood loss after birth
Quicker return of periods, heavier periods
Quicker return of fertility, closer-spaced pregnancies
Cost of formula averages $1,500/year not including bottles and supplies