How you choose to feed your baby is a personal decision. Moms are encouraged to breastfeed by their healthcare professionals, friends, and pretty much every parenting book written in the last 20 years. "Breast is best" is a common saying, but for some babies, formula feeding or supplementing with formula is what's best. Even though bottle feedings may not always be as quick and convenient as breastfeeding, there are some quick tips for formula feeding at night that can make it almost as easy.
The first things moms should do after they've decided to use formula is to get rid of their guilt. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees the formula manufacturers to ensure that their products are "safe and support healthy growth in infants who consume them." The FDA would not allow a product to be sold that will harm children. Although the FDA didn't set standards for infant formula until 1980, commercial infant formula has been around since the late 1800s. Today's formula is as close as ever to recreating breast milk, which is comforting for parents who choose this as an option. It is also encouraging for women who have been considering supplementing with formula overnight, but feel guilty about it.
Here are some tips for formula feeding your baby at night to make it a happy experience for your whole family.