A newborn is ready to find its mother's breast immediately after birth. Infants can sense the darker colour of the nipple and sometimes they can even crawl by themselves toward the nipple if given time. It's clear that mother's milk is all that a child needs during much of its first year of life.
Advantages of breastfeeding
Breastfeeding not only provides a source of nutrition to the baby, but also helps its immune system. In fact, mother's milk provides the child with antigens from the mother, which to train the baby's immune system and help it fight the many microbial dangers it faces outside the womb.15
Advantages of baby formula
If you choose not to breastfeed there are many good baby formula choices on the market. One advantage of baby formulas is that many of them contain DHA, which may not be present in breast milk. Remember to check the ingredients list to verify whether or not it contains DHA.
It's your choice!
Whether you breastfeed or not is entirely your choice. There are good reasons for breastfeeding, but there are also many good reasons to use baby formula. Make the decision on your own terms and find the best solution depending on the situation.
Breastfeeding or lactation consultants are people professionally trained to aid in the whole breastfeeding process. It is wise to seek out their advice before the child is born since that is often a very stressful and hectic time. Parents are much more likely to incorporate advice some weeks before the birth than right after.
Does breastmilk contain DHA?
Yes, breastmilk has been shown to contain DHA, but it's necessary for the mother to prepare for months and even years to build up her reserve of DHA.1