Personally, I tried to nurse all of my babies. Kyle, my oldest, wanted no part of it. Even after several weeks' worth of attempts and speaking with a lactation consultant, it was a no-go. Sophie, my 2 and a half year old, would simply fall asleep at the breast and didn't feed well. I remember trying to rouse her and get her to suckle. I tried skin to skin contact and even undressed her to keep her alert. This was not successful. Xander, my 1 and a half year old, started out much more eager to nurse. He ate and ate and ate. I was thrilled! But then he ended up getting the flu that passed through my household and ended up severely dehydrated. He wouldn't feed at all, and we had to take him to the emergency room, where he got an IV of fluids. Since he was so congested, he had a hard time latching on. We tried and tried, but the only comfortable way to get milk was by using a bottle.
While my kids couldn't nurse for the above reasons, I did pump like crazy. After a while, I joked that I felt like a dairy cow! They received breast milk for several months, which I am very happy about. But let's face it: Even the most frequent of pumping doesn't produce the yield that a nursing baby does. Eventually, I had to supplement with formula, and then completely switch over. Sometimes I feel bad about this, since I really wanted to nurse exclusively. But my kids are very healthy, and I feel good about the fact that I was able to provide them with breast milk for as long as possible.
With so many formulas to choose from, it's easy for a parent to feel a bit confused about which one to choose for their baby. All formulas must meet strict quality standards to be sold, and all provide adequate nutrition. But did you know that the absolute best option would be choosing a formula that is made from organic ingredients? This is so important, since conventional formulas can contain things like preservatives and GMO's, which aren't ideal for a baby's consumption.
This month, Earth’s Best® introduced Earth’s Best Organic® Sensitivity® Infant Formula; the first FDA approved infant formula in the organic segment for parents with a fussy baby. Formulated with an easy-to-digest blend of carbohydrates that are gentle on babies’ tummies, new Earth’s Best Organic® Sensitivity® Infant Formula provides parents with a unique organic whey protein formulation similar to breast milk. The formula is lower in lactose easing fussiness and gas for babies with sensitive stomachs.
As with all Earth’s Best Organic® products, the organic ingredients used in the infant formulas are produced without the use of potentially harmful pesticides or and made with NO genetically engineered organisms (GMO's). The dairy ingredients come from cows that are not treated with growth hormones, steroids,or antibiotics.
Earth’s Best provides a great article with tips from Dr. Harold Raucher regarding choosing an infant formula. You can view the tips here: http://www.earthsbest.com/content/infant-choosing-formula.
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