60% of mothers don’t breastfeed for the duration they initially plan to.
Here are some reasons why they may switch from breastfeeding to bottle-feeding.
1. Lactation and Latching Issues: If a baby struggles to latch onto the breast or the mother faces milk supply challenges, this can make breastfeeding frustrating, leading some mothers to consider bottle-feeding.
2. Infant Nutrition and Weight Concerns: Formula feeding allows for better tracking of how much the baby eats.
3. Medical Concerns: The mother may have medical conditions that make breastfeeding unsafe or may need to take medications that can cross into breast milk.
4. Personal Preferences: Some mothers simply prefer the convenience and flexibility of bottle-feeding, as it allows for shared caregiving responsibilities.
5. Work and Career: Unsupportive work policies, limited parental leave, or the need to maintain a career can lead to the decision to wean.
6. Holidays and Travel: Bottle-feeding offers more flexibility when away from home.
7. Cultural Norms and Family Support: Cultural norms and a lack of family support can influence a mother’s decision.
8. Hospital Practices and Policies: Unsupportive hospital practices, such as limited lactation support or insufficient guidance, can lead to difficulties with breastfeeding.
9. Specialized Feeding Needs: Babies with specific medical conditions or allergies may require bottle-feeding with specialty formulas.