There are so many unknowns when you become a mom for the first time—you just don't know what's going to work for you until you're in it. That is especially true when it comes to feeling out how to feed your baby in a way that's right for them and you. While much of this discussion is framed around breastfeeding versus formula-feeding, the fact is this isn't all-or-nothing. You can do both.
For many mamas, a combination of breast milk and formula is the winning recipe. And as Khloe Kardashian says in a recent blog post, combo-feeding is like getting the best of both worlds.
"Because I don't produce enough milk, I also have to give a bottle with every feeding," Kardashian says, explaining why she loves her Baby Brezza Formula Pro One-Step Bottle Maker. "With the formula I use, I have to give True the bottle within 30 minutes of making it, so it's amazing to have this machine make it for me."
Combo-feeding still gives babies many of the benefits of breast milk, including help in fighting bad bacteria and reduced risk for SIDS. But adding formula can also give moms peace of mind that their babies are well-nourished—and can take some of the pressure off.
Yet when we only talk about formula or breast milk, rather than formula and breast milk, we aren't empowering parents to make the decisions that are right for them.
There are many reasons why moms decide combo-feeding is right for them. For Kardashian, the deciding factor was "perceived insufficient milk supply," which studies have shown is a struggle for 35% of new moms. (Other research has shown that the number of women who actually have an under-supply of milk is much lower, but the perception of an under-supply is nerve-wracking on its own.)
Other common reasons for adding formula to the feeding game include going back to work and mitigating the pressure that exclusively breastfeeding can put on moms—any and all of which are completely valid reasons.
While Kardashian may have made her combo-feeding admission in passing, that's actually what's so amazing about it: As she sees it, her baby is fed and that is what matters.