Many new moms enter parenthood with the belief that breastfeeding is an all or nothing process. Child birth classes, lactation consultants, books, and websites will teach you almost everything you need to know about exclusive breastfeeding, but there are very few resources shouting the benefits of supplementing with formula. Is it because there are none? Absolutely not.
Information on formula feeding and supplementing with formula often feels as though it is given begrudgingly, as only a worst-case-scenario option. But the truth is that there are benefits to supplementing with formula, and for some families exclusively formula feeding works best. Today's formula is as close as ever to recreating breast milk, which is comforting for parents who choose this as an option because they cannot produce their own milk. It is also encouraging for women who would like to supplement, but feel guilty about it.
If you are breastfeeding, but are considering introducing formula to replace some feedings, this is known as partial weaning according to Kelly Mom. Partial weaning allows you to continue to nurse, but also gives you some of the flexibility afforded by formula feeding. Breast feeding doesn't have to be all or nothing. It can be done most of the time, half of the time, or even some of the time depending on your particular situation.
If you would like to begin supplementing your baby's feeding with infant formula, here are some benefits you may not have considered.