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It's also a time of many adjustments. Learning to care for that little bundle can be a struggle, and the recent formula shortages have not helped one bit.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive chest/breastfeeding for the first six months and continuing for up to a year or longer. Human milk is the perfect food for your baby - easy to digest, allergen friendly (you can control exposure based on removing items from your own diet), and tailored specifically to your baby's exact nutritional and developmental needs.
For some parents, formula feeding is a choice or is necessary when parents are not physically able to chest/breastfeed, feel like they don’t have employer support to pump at work, access to chest/breastfeeding education, or for others it is a necessary supplementation when Baby is struggling to gain weight and nurse successfully.
If you are currently formula feeding and would like to learn more about possibly chest/breastfeeding again due to the instability in the supply chain, here are some things to try:
Consider pumping to build up a stash of milk to use in lieu of formula.
Many parents have been successful exclusively pumping for their children, so it's possible to provide milk even if you prefer not to or cannot nurse.
Remember: Human milk or infant formula provides a nutritional foundation for the baby’s growing brain. It’s an important building block for the baby’s first year. The baby’s brain grows for three years! Feeding the baby the proper nutrition during this time is critical.
Become familiar with the workplace chest/breastfeeding laws in your state. Even if your state doesn’t have specific workplace breastfeeding laws, don’t worry, you are still protected. Check out our resource for comparing state and federal laws.
Healthy Horizons provides world class corporate lactation rooms for Fortune 100 companies and many other workplaces across North America. Contact us for an expert lactation room assessment, room design and installation, lactation equipment, furnishings and services.
If you have more questions, please visit the lactation consultations portion of our website on HealthyHorizons.com. Our consultations take place under the care of trained healthcare professionals who are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLC®). Professionals specializing in the clinical management of breastfeeding, our lactation consultants are experts in the fields of human lactation and breastfeeding counseling.
No matter where you are on your feeding journey, Healthy Horizons is here to help. Together we will get through this current crisis, and whatever else may come in the future.
Studies related to the effectiveness of supplements for increasing supply:
Breastfeeding Mothers’ Consumption and Perceived Efficacy of Foods, Beverages, and Herbal Supplements to Increase Milk Supply Are herbal supplements safe and effective for increasing breastmilk supply?
More studies are needed to provide specific evidence of effectiveness, but strong anecdotal evidence exists to support traditionally recognized galactagogues, which are generally well tolerated with low side effects or risk to mom and/or baby.