Most families decide how they will feed their baby before they become pregnant or very early in pregnancy. There are a lot of things to consider in making this decision.
It is important that parents make informed decisions about infant feeding by learning about the benefits and risks of each feeding choice and then deciding what's right for themselves and their baby. In order to make an informed decision about feeding your baby, it is helpful to think about the following things:
Health professionals including family physicians, midwives, obstetricians and nurses can help provide current, accurate and best practice information to parents when they are making decisions about their baby's care. Talking to a health professional about feeding your baby provides an opportunity to:
- Discuss your thoughts, feelings, and questions about feeding your baby.
- Ask where you can get expert help and support with feeding your baby.
If you are thinking about feeding your baby infant formula it is important to ask the following questions:
- Do you feel comfortable feeding your baby formula and will your choice be accepted and supported by the people around you?
- Do you understand how to prepare formula and have the skills to feed your baby?
- Can you afford the cost of the formula without impacting your overall family nutrition?
- Can you afford the cost of formula for as long as your baby will need it?
- Do you have access to a safe water source and a place to safely store formula once you have prepared it?
When you have the information you need, you can feel comfortable and confident with feeding your child as a part of the loving relationships developing in your family.
For more information about feeding your baby, call 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 and speak with a public health professional Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or email Your Health Connection.