The first 1,000 days of life is a critical time for a child’s growth and development. Adequate nutrition is essential, whether caregivers choose to breastfeed, formula feed or combination feed.
The Infant Nutrition Council of America (INCA) supports the benefits of breastfeeding and celebrates mothers who choose to breastfeed, but we also recognize that there are a variety of reasons that breastfeeding is not always possible or chosen. In fact, a recent survey found that nearly 60 percent of parents reported including infant formula, the only safe, science supported nourishment for infants who are not exclusively breastfed, in their child’s early nutrition (0-6 months).
Providing parents and caregivers with accurate information about all appropriate forms of infant feeding may help alleviate their feelings of worry, frustration, anger or resentment.