2 July 2010
The first principle you need to remember is to 'feed the baby' it would be simple if breast feeding was for everybody and every baby. However, this is not the case some babies do not take to the breast for a whole host of reasons - usually nothing to do with the mother's breast or the milk on offer. You should not put pressure on yourself or allow anyone else to pressure you, if it is not for you or not for your baby bottle feeding will work just as well.
Baby's growth is more rapid during the first six months than at any other time in its life, many babies doubling their birth weight in around four months and tripling it by around one year. Until around four months all the nutrients needed come in the form of milk, after this time solids will need to be introduced.
You will find a host of Breast & Bottle feeding information and advise from your local N.C.T. group whose members have a wealth of experience on helping with breast or bottle feeding issues, it would be a good idea to look up the number before baby is born. It is also a great way to come into contact with other new mums and some who have lived and survived the experience of being a 'new mum'.
Breast Feeding & Bootle Feeding - Nutrients & Essentials Required by Baby
The amount of calories needed to perform all bodily functions are about two and a half times that of an adult, during the first six months around fifty calories per pound of body weight are needed.
Protein For Growth
Most of the protein that is taken in by the baby is used for growth, and the requirements are correspondingly higher than at any other time of life, milk as long as it's given in adequate amounts provides all the protein a newborn infant needs.
Essential Vitamins for Baby
Breast milk contains all the vitamins baby needs with the exception of vitamin D, the main source for this would be from the sun stimulating the skin to manufacture it. Formula milk is complete in all vitamins required.
Babies will get all the calcium, phosphorous and magnesium that they require from breast milk or formula, they are born with around a four-month supply of iron after this the introduction of solids will provide this for your child.
Your baby will require traces of certain minerals like zinc, copper and fluoride you will find the first two present in both breast milk and formula, fluoride you may find is added to your water, otherwise your health visitor will advise if it is needed as a supplement.
The body needs minute traces of fatty acids for growth and repair, both breast milk and formula contain around the same amount. Although the way they are absorbed by the body differs from bottle to breast.
Energy Boosting Carbohydrates
These are major energy providers and are provided equally well by both breast and formula milk.