During pregnancy, the choice of breastfeeding or formula feeding for your baby will be discussed. Some may have already made the choice, but we would still like to explain why breastfeeding is so important. However, you decide whether or not you want to (or cannot) breastfeed. Of course we respect your choice in this.
In principle, we advise all (expectant) mothers to breastfeed, because it has been scientifically proven that breastfeeding is better than formula. Formula lacks a number of important substances that the manufacturer cannot add to the food, such as antibodies and living cells that protect your child against infections. In addition, breastfeeding reduces the risk of developing allergies (for example, asthma and eczema). Despite all the benefits that breastfeeding offers, we realize that breastfeeding isn’t always a breeze. Breastfeeding (sometimes) takes a lot of energy and time in the beginning. But once it’s up and running, breastfeeding is the easiest thing there is. For most mothers, breastfeeding is then easy and hassle-free. The advice from the World Health Organization is to fully breastfeed all newborns for four to six months.
During pregnancy it is important to consider whether you want to breastfeed or formulate your baby, during the checkups we will discuss this choice with you.
If you have made the choice to give formula, it is good to prepare for this during pregnancy. For example, by ensuring that you have food, bottle(s) and pacifiers at home. We will give you some more information about formula feeding for children aged 0 to 6 months.
Are you still not sure whether you want to breastfeed or breastfeed? Think about this choice and the pros and cons of both options, read on here for more information. Discuss your doubts during the consultation, perhaps we can support you in making the right choice.