In the battle of breast versus bottle, which reigns supreme? The formula and bottle companies shout their messages loud and long. Everywhere you turn, there is a commercial, an ad, or someone giving away formula or bottles for your newborn. The lactivists push their message just as hard. Who hasn’t heard, “Breast is best!” or witnessed arguments in mommy forums online? In the end, which option is really best?
There are many birth professionals who have a definite stance on one side or the other when it comes to the breast vs bottle battle. I have been present as lactation consultants have argued with clients about breastfeeding. I have also heard of nurses and pediatricians who pushed formula rather than seeking out other options based on the woman’s preferences. Neither of these treatments are professional or caring. Neither takes into account the woman’s desires for her family. Neither respects the woman’s wisdom to make choices that are best for herself and her family.
When it comes to breast versus bottle, whichever option is best for you and your family is the option that wins. If breastfeeding is your goal, then our infant feeding specialists will help you reach your goal. If you know you want to give your baby formula, we will work with you to determine the proper feeding amounts and strategies. If you want to pump and give your milk in a bottle, we can help establish a good pumping and feeding routine. If you want to breastfeed your baby some of the time and supplement formula other times, we can help create a strategy that allows you to do both.
At Sun State Doulas, our infant feeding specialists are trained to work with women who are feeding their babies. Yes, you read that right. We don’t care how you feed your baby, just as long as you do. We are here to support you and your family no matter what path you choose. In the battle of breast vs bottle…we don’t take sides.