From the moment I discovered I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to breastfeed. For me, it wasn’t an option. As long as I was healthy and able to produce milk, SJ was going to be nursed.
As I’m sure you’re aware, there’s also a host of medical benefits to breastfeeding. Countless studies have shown a decrease in viruses, ear infections, and diseases when a mother breastfeeds as opposed to using formula exclusively (meaning no solid food, formula, or water). It also reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), which is always s new mothers biggest fear.
And, baby formula is expensive! They say if your baby is only digesting formula, you’re spending more than $1,400 by his/her first birthday. Yikes!
Long story short, I was onboard and nothing could change my mind. Fast-forward to the beginning of SJ’s 4th month and things began to change. I had returned to work and my milk supply (although I was still pumping regularly) began to decrease. By the end of his 4th month, there was hardly any milk left. I felt defeated and upset, but I knew I had given breastfeeding my all, and my body was just reacting/adjusting to being away from him. I soon began introducing him to several formulas. Initially, we tried Similac and Enfamil, and to be fair, they were pretty good. We grabbed them whenever we grocery shopped and it was an easy fix. Thankfully, he didn’t have any major allergic reactions, just a preference for my milk versus formula.
A few months ago we tried Happy Baby Organic Infant Formula and it was pretty awesome. I love that the company proactively chose to use expensive, but essential, ingredients in their formulation. It contains key vitamins and nutrients that are naturally found in breast milk, including Calcium, Vitamin D, Iron, Zinc, Choline and DHA/ARA. Most importantly, the formula has up to four times (yes, four times!) more prebiotics than any other organic infant formula on the U.S. market. I was instantly impressed.
We gave SJ a few bottles and he loved it too. No reactions, allergic reactions, just smiles and groans for more milk.
It’s pretty safe to say that we’ll be using Happy Baby Organic Infant Formula until he doesn’t need milk anymore, and that’s more than okay with me.
The Happy Baby Organic Infant Formula, Stage 1 and Stage 2, retails for $29.99 and can be found at stores like Target and Walmart.