Formulating Feeding Options
I am soon to be a mother, and I am also a full-time student. I really want to breastfeed some of the time and formula-feed the other part of the time. Is this okay?
As a new mother trying to finish school, you will face many concerns and challenges. Feeding your child is very important, and each family works out the best solution to meet their needs.
Although many mothers combine breastfeeding and breastmilk substitutes, there are some important considerations for you to contemplate. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding says: "Even one bottle of formula can be a problem for some babies because of the risk of allergy. Animal studies have also shown that introducing formula may upset the balance of enzymes and nutrients in the digestive system and interfere with the protective qualities your milk provides."
You may want to try what many employed mothers do: pump to maintain your milk supply. This milk can be fed to the baby in your absence. Contact your local La Leche League leader, or visit our Web site at http://www.lalecheleague.org/ for more information.