Bottle or breast, which is best? There's no debate – feeding baby in a way that's best for you and your family, that's what's best. We asked our mom.life moms for their best bottle and breastfeeding tips for new moms and here's what they had to say. 

1. Use all resources and strategies at your disposal

Whether it's a bottle of breast, utilize all of your resources to help you succeed at the feeding routine that works for you and your child. 

"For the first 4 weeks the pain from breastfeeding was unbearable. I tried everything and the only thing that saved me was pumping to give my nipples a break. Now I breastfeed almost exclusively and only pump when I feel engorged, but if it hadn't been for the pump I definitely would have given up."

"If you're having a hard time getting a good latch, you can try a nipple shield."

"Cluster feeding may be rough but it's worth it for both of you!"

 

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2. Remember, it’s your choice

The important thing to remember in all of this is that it's your choice. Breast, bottle, or combo-feeding – it all works well for baby. 

"Whichever you choose formula or breast..you are a rockstar and an amazing mama!"


"Whether you choose to breastfeed or use formula, let that be 100% YOUR decision. Don't let anyone else try and make it for you or make you feel bad for whichever decision you go with. As long as your baby is getting fed, that's all that matters."

"Breastfeeding is by far the hardest and most wonderful rewarding thing I have ever done. My baby is four months and the work/life balance is exhausting! I try to take it day by day, otherwise it is just too overwhelming. Use lactation consultants and get support however you can. Do what's best for you, being a happy mom is most important, I totally know why moms call it quits."

3. Combo-feeding can be a happy medium

If you're interested in breastfeeding, but want the convenience of formula feeding or need it for supplementing, combo-feeding can be a great option. You get the best of both worlds. 

"When my twins were little, I made sure they both ate at the same time. We did a combination of bottle and breastfeeding because one could not latch. I pumped milk to go into her bottle and I routinely supplemented with formula to simplify our life a bit when we were out and about or if they were a bit hangry and I didn't have pumped milk available." 

The important thing to remember in all of this is that your baby will be happy no matter what your feeding routine looks like. Choose based on what is best for your family. 

If you are looking for a supportive community of moms, head into the mom.life app and chat with other moms in the trenches of motherhood  – there is no other community like it.

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