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When I had my first baby, I had a tremendous amount of guilt when I had to begin supplementing his breastmilk with formula. I wrote about all those feelings here. Even knowing and having been through that initial guilt with Liam, I still felt guilty with Hayden and again just this week with Blaire. I keep telling myself to get over that guilt…and quick! The real guilt would have been if I wasn’t providing enough food for my babies. Right? Food is food and formula has come a LONG way since its initiation.
Speaking of which, Similac has narrowed the gap between formula and breast milk yet again! While breastfeeding remains the best option for babies, Similac has added a groundbreaking ingredient to formula to get it closer to breast milk. It’s called 2’-FL Human Milk Oligosaccharide+ (HMO). It’s an immune-nourishing prebiotic previously only found* in breast milk.
*at significant levels
+ not from human milk
Currently no other infant formulas on the market have HMOs, so these are the first-and-only formulas with this immune-nourishing ingredient. They are Similac Pro-Advance™ and Similac Pro-Sensitive™.
Blaire has been on it for one week and so far, so good! She’s taken it beautifully (despite her initial dislike of bottles and pacifiers) and it sure does make me feel a lot less guilty for supplementing. I feel like since it’s the closest thing to breast milk, that I couldn’t be giving her anything better to supplement with.
In fact, the first two nights I gave her a supplementary bottle of Similac, she slept 7-8 hours straight. I was about to burst with breast milk, but it was amazing that she and I got such good sleep! I’m happy to know she had a satisfied tummy and was able to have a good night’s rest. Guilt gone.
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Great Post! I firmly believe in supplementing those first days up until your milk comes in good. Women must have let their mothers or sisters or other close members nurse newborns a long time ago. Those little ones need food! I tried giving mine formula here and there later but they refused it when they got to be older babies 🙁