Making an informed decision
The moment you become a parent, you will be faced with a number of choices concerning how you raise your baby. These choices will be influenced by a number of different things, such as your cultural or religious beliefs, your profession or your personal relationships, but the biggest factor in all decisions parents must make is “what is best for my baby?” How do you decide what is best? By making an informed decision. This means balancing all your personal influences with the proper facts and evidence so you can weigh all the pros and cons.
In this section we have laid out very clearly the things you need to know about formula and why breast milk is considered best for babies. If you do decide to feed your baby formula, it is very important that:
- You understand the differences between breast milk and formula, and
- You follow the steps on how to properly prepare formula so you can keep your baby safe.
If you are experiencing problems with breastfeeding and are considering formula as an alternative, please visit our Breastfeeding section and Dr. Newman's info sheets for comprehensive help with all breastfeeding issues.