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Don’t feel guilty about not breastfeeding your baby! Try this instead

Breastfeeding is one journey every new mom eagerly awaits. Despite all the initial battles, most of the times, women get the trick right and enjoy one of the most intimate times with their new born. However, breastfeeding, in all its natural glory, isn’t a given for any woman. Your choice to breastfeed is a dedication that you need to work really hard for. But your ability to breastfeed isn’t something that happens easily.

Breast surgeries, supply issues, poor latching, medical conditions and a whole lot of other reasons can at times, hinder you from breastfeeding your baby. But, fret not! These natural alternatives will help boost your child’s health and immunity.

1. Find donor milk

This is the first and safest option for moms who are unable to breastfeed their baby. Breast Milk contains omega-3 fat docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), proteins, lactose, vitamins, enzymes, probiotics, minerals, and antibodies. The first milk or colostrum is hence considered the ‘best for of immunity’ to keep your kid’s gut hale and healthy. So why let your child miss this dose of good health? Finding a donor milk is easy and one of most easy options available these days. You can get in touch with your doctor or a milk bank to help you go about the process.

2.  Make your own formula

When breastfeeding or donor is not an option, making your own Formula can be a saving grace. Sure, your mom and grandmum will have a good recipe for the same. Using homemade formula ensures your baby receives high-quality nutrition, received from natural food sources, than store-bought synthetic substances. This also lets you pick and choose on what has to go into your baby’s food, as opposed to a store-bought product.

3.  Try organic formula

If you are unable to breastfeed, make your own formula or find a donor, buying Organic Formula might be a good option. While the nutritional value of organic and normal formula milk remain the same, studies reveal that the ingredients in organic formula have fewer pesticide exposures than ingredients in conventional formula. However, additives like DHA and ARA, which are often added to formula to help boost brain and eye development, might be synthetic, even in organic formula. So you’ll need to be sure to read the labels before you buy formula to know exactly what you’re feeding your baby.

4.  Reach out for help

Last, but definitely not the least, doctors, lactation consultants, home-made remedies from mothers and grandmothers can be your go-to if all else fails. So, don’t shy away from asking for help. Also, talk to other mothers and sharing your stories with them can be a great way for you to gain perspective and know about the unseen challenges. 

All this aside, having plenty of interactions, including kissing, skin-to-skin contact, snuggling, and even holding your child every day will enhance your baby’s overall health.

Disclaimer: Breastfeeding is the best for babies and this article does not aim to instill any other form of belief.

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