A very per­sonal choice

Time Out Malaysia Kids - - Parenthood -

What type of milk to feed your baby is a deeply per­sonal choice for many mums. ‘Ev­ery mother wants to give her child the best – if you think breast milk is the best, okay. You can choose the milk you think is good for your baby. At the end of the day, mother and baby must be happy. If you breast­feed un­der pres­sure and you’re never happy about it, the child feels it.

‘We shouldn’t be judg­ing peo­ple. Al­ways it’s us women who judge other women. I have clients who don’t tell oth­ers they feed their ba­bies for­mula. One said, “I give the bot­tle! I can’t say that. I tell them and they judge.”’

One of the ar­gu­ments against for­mula, dis­closes Hor, is that mums sup­pos­edly can’t bond with­out breast­feed­ing. ‘Some­times peo­ple who don’t breast­feed feel they don’t bond with their kids.’ That’s just not true – there are many ways, she adds, to con­nect with your baby. Whilst it’s true that you can have lots of cud­dles with breast­feed­ing, ‘you can also have cud­dles and skinto-skin time and mas­sages [while feed­ing] for­mula.’

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