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Infant Formula and Breast Feeding

The last time I posted about my breast feeding experience I was a very new mother.  I still am (Paige is 4 months old now) but today I feel much more comfortable in that role.  If you’re wondering about the breast feeding, well, I’m not.  I am, however, pumping and feeding Paige 100% breast milk via bottles.  I love this, it works.  My plan is to continue pumping and feeding with a bottle until she is about 8 or 9 months of age (Depending on my stamina, because it’s not fun, to be honest), then use all the stored frozen breast milk we have (about 3 months worth) and be ok with using a little formula to supplement if I must.  I started looking at formula in the store about a month ago to see what’s out there, and I was overwhelmed.  Just like adult food, infant food has been taken over by marketing gurus and food scientists who listen to the latest hype and trends, and use those to create the “most perfect formula”.  This, instead, makes choosing a formula that much more confusing.  My daughter, so far, has zero food intolerances or protein allergies, and thus it should be easy, right?  Wrong.  It’s confusing even for me, so imagine someone who isn’t a dietitian and who possibly has a child with reflux, or food intolerances, or who was born premature?  The overabundance of options could make someone simply give up (or go crazy)!  I have a solution; read this article from Today’s Dietitian Magazine.  Be sure to click on the link at the top and view the helpful formula chart.  This article will help anyone who has been struggling with the decision of what to feed their infant.

Now I’ll leave you with a few favorite Paige photos.

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