“Whatever you are, whatever you do, your baby will get it. Anything you eat, any worries that are on your mind will be for him or her. Can you tell me that you cannot smile? Think of the baby, and smile for him, for her, for the future generations. Please don't tell me that a smile and your sorrow just don't go together. It's your sorrow, but what about your baby?” – Nhat Hanh, Being Peace

Are you and your partner expecting a baby soon, or have you just given birth to a newborn infant? Many different stresses surround a newborn baby and his parents, including whether you should breastfeed your child or not. The current thinking is that it is beneficial to your baby to breastfeed exclusively until your infant is one year old. Furthermore, it is recommended that you demand feed your infant. In other words, demand feeding means that you feed when your baby cries or indicates that he is hungry by sucking his fists.

Wow! Nursing successfully is a tall order for any mother, let alone a new mother.

Challenges of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is not easy for any mother; however, the fact of the matter is that it is nearly impossible, for some mothers for various reasons. According to Anjali of the PickyEaterBlog.com, “nursing was one of the most physically and emotionally challenging parts of new motherhood.” Unfortunately, the fact of the matter remains that some mothers cannot nurse their newborn babies. 

Some of the challenges to successful breastfeeding are:

Your baby won’t latch onto your nipples; therefore, you will not be able to nurse him.

Your milk supply or quality is very low; ergo, your baby is not receiving enough nutritional benefit from the milk.

You have a health condition that does not allow you to breastfeed.     

Your nipples are cracked, sore, bleeding, or blistered.

You have mastitis.     

There are sundry other reasons why you might not be able to breastfeed.     

Alternative food sources

If you are not able to feed your baby, or your milk does not contain enough nutritional value, then your child will be hungry all the time. Consequently, he will cry continuously, fail to gain weight, dehydrate, and fall ill. Just to make matters worse, it is easy to feel guilty because you cannot nurse your baby; making matters worse for you and your baby.

On a personal note, I am the proud mother of triplets, and I could not nurse my children when they were infants. Therefore, in my experience, it is better to feed your baby the best organic baby formula that you can afford.

What is organic formula?

In a nutshell, an organic formula is manufactured from organic ingredients that have not been exposed to synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, grey water (sewage sludge), or genetically modified organisms. Furthermore, animals that produce dairy products and eggs are not given growth hormones or antibiotics.

Final words

While caring for a newborn baby is a wonderful time in your family’s life, it can also be very stressful and demanding. Therefore, in my experience, it is preferable to feed an organic formula than it is to battle with a tired, hungry baby who is unwell because he is not able to ingest enough nutritional elements to grow and thrive.

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