From the moment you learn you’re expecting a baby, there are multiple decisions you must make. You may need to purchase maternity clothes and furniture for your nursery. You’ll need diaper bags and other items, such as diaper creams and baby clothes for your infant.

You’ll also have critical decisions about how and what you’ll feed your newborn. Health issues and whether you need to return to work quickly could influence your decisions about choosing breastfeeding or bottle feeding. Let’s explore your options and factors to consider when determining how to feed your newborn.

Some formulas are unsafe.

Baby formula is an alternative to breastfeeding. Babies that consume formula eat from a bottle, which may be necessary if you have hypoplasia and can’t breastfeed. Baby formula also makes it possible for everyone to share responsibility for nighttime feedings. Unfortunately, baby formula made with cow’s milk may cause necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). When a person has NEC, intestinal inflammation causes cell death, creating holes in the walls of the intestines. When bacteria enter these holes, NEC sufferers can develop an infection. NEC can be fatal. NEC also causes lethargy, abdominal swelling, and diarrhea.

Whether you have a premature infant or carried your baby to full term, you’ll want to best food for your child. Any bovine-based baby formula can cause NEC, including formulas produced by Similac, Enfamil, and Gerber. Hospitals may give you formula when you’re discharged or use these formulas to feed your infant.

Anyone with an infant who received bovine-based formulas from a hospital and developed NEC qualifies to pursue a baby formula NEC lawsuit. Contact a law firm handling NEC lawsuits for a free consultation to determine if you have grounds to pursue a lawsuit. NEC victims may qualify to sue the formula manufacturers or pursue a medical malpractice case against the medical professionals and hospital that supplied the cow’s milk formula.

Babies eat frequently.

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New moms soon discover their infant feeds frequently. It’s common for babies to eat every few hours, making it hard for new moms to rest at night if they opt to breastfeed exclusively. Fortunately, several products simplify the breastfeeding process, making it possible for babies to obtain the nutritional benefits of breast milk while enabling other family members to feed the baby.

Moms can pair breast pumps with nursing bras to secure breast milk between feedings. The best nursing bras are comfortable because they don’t have underwires that can poke into the skin. The best nursing bras include the SuperMom Bralette, Hands Free Pumping Bra, SuperMom Bra, and Reversible Sleep Lounge Nursing Bra.

Nursing bras offer infants easy access to your breast because you only need to undo the clasp above the breast cup to nurse or pump milk. The best nursing bras are made from stretchy fabric and have adjustable straps, enabling wearers to enjoy optimal support despite breast size changes.

Pumping breast milk is straightforward.

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Hands free pumping bras make it possible to pump milk while performing other tasks. Opening the bra’s flaps enables you to attach your breast pumps and secure the milk supply needed to feed your infant from a bottle. Pumping bras work with leading breast pumps made by Ameda, Medela, Lansinoh, and other manufacturers. These bras come in various sizes, ensuring you can find a supportive nursing bra perfect for small or large breasts.

Breastmilk offers multiple health benefits.

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Infants benefit from consuming breastmilk because of the antibodies present in the milk. These antibodies fight off infections, and infants who consume breastmilk are less likely to have diarrhea, asthma, ear infections, or allergies. Breastmilk also reduces your baby’s chances of dying from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or developing diabetes.

New moms may choose breastmilk or formula to feed their babies. Consider both options’ health benefits and risks to ensure you make the best choice for your newborn.