If you decide not to breastfeed or are unable to breastfeed, you can still offer pumped breastmilk through various alternative methods such as spoon feeding, syringe feeding and bottle feeding.
There are also commercial iron-fortified infant formulas if breast milk is not an option for you. FDA approved infant formulas have the right amount of protein, calories, fat, vitamins and minerals for your baby’s growth. Although most major formula companies add blends of immune factors and nutrients to best match the properties of breast milk, it does not contain all the benefits that are naturally present in human milk.
Older infants who take enough iron-fortified infant formula usually do not need vitamin and mineral supplements. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends vitamin D supplements for babies who are exclusively breastfed or taking breast milk, or those taking less than 32 oz of formula a day.
There are many types of infant formula available. Refer to your pediatrician when choosing the best type of formula for your baby.