The topic of breastfeeding is always at the forefront for new moms when it comes to feeding their infant. There are both positive and negative ideas that are up for discussion in all workshops on infant feeding. New moms in Sarasota have several choices for workshops and groups that meet in support of breastfeeding. The Suncoast La Leche League is a major supporting organization for breastfeeding in the community. The group supports new moms and moms-to-be with monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of every month. Encouragement and informative talks are a source of support for moms who want to breastfeed. The meetings are held at St Mary Magdalene Church in Bradenton. Moms who want to breastfeed can also meet at the Jacaranda Library for support. Meetings are held on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. and are open to moms who receive WIC support. No registration is required for attending. The Healthy Start of Sarasota also provides support for moms who want to breastfeed. Breastfeeding classes for African-American moms are available and the classes are free. Moms or moms-to-be may contact Beverly Phelps at 941-373-7070 for information or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breastfeeding is a controversial topic for some moms who do not feel that they want to breastfeed their infants. Some moms feel that they are pressured to breastfeed by the idea that it is the best way to feed an infant, but have a variety of reasons for using formula instead. Perrigo Nutritionals, a company that produces Store Brand Infant Formula, recently published a survey in which only 19% of 500 moms who were surveyed actually breastfed their infants as the only source of infant nutrition. Research shows that moms should not feel the stigma that is sometimes placed on moms who use formula. All infant formula, including Store Brand Infant Formula from Perrigo Nutritionals, is regulated by the FDA and is shown to provide complete nutrition for babies. The standards are rigorous for infant formula and babies who are fed formula are receiving healthy benefits.
The survey conducted by Perrigo Nutritionals also included information from pediatricians about the topic of breastfeeding vs. infant formula. A variety of questions were asked and the findings are of interest. 96% of pediatricians who participated in the survey stated that the question of feeding infants is the No. 1 question that they get from moms. The survey also found a generational gap between millennial moms ages 35 and younger and older moms ages 36 and older. The survey also found a generational gap between millennial pediatricians and older pediatricians. 67% of older pediatricians provide moms with free formula samples but only 51% of millennial pediatricians provide free samples. The survey found that both millennial moms and pediatricians are less brand loyal. 45% of millennial pediatricians do not recommend specific brands. Only 31% of older pediatricians do not recommend specific brands. Another interesting percentage showed that 41% of older moms see free formula samples as a pediatrician’s endorsement of a brand, and only 26% of millennial moms see a pediatricians’s endorsement of a brand when given a free sample. 40% of older moms responded that they used the same formula brand that they received as samples through the first year as opposed to 25% of millennial moms. 63% of older doctors agreed that national brands are nutritionally comparable to the Store Brand Infant Formula produced by Perrigo Nutritionals, with a higher percentage of 79% of millennial pediatricians in agreement. All of these findings support the use of formula if a new mom prefers to use formula instead of breastfeeding to feed their infant.
Pediatricians were also asked about the expense of formula, and 80% of surveyed pediatricians stated that the high cost of national brands is a result of more money being spent on marketing by the national brands. The high cost of marketing is passed to the customer. Money is left on the table by spending more on national brands than a product such as the Store Brand Infant Formula produced by Perrigo Nutritionals or any other lesser known brand. All of these lesser known brands have the same health benefits to infants as the national brands.
New moms and infants benefit from research that is ongoing with the controversial subject of breastfeeding vs. infant formula. Research supports both, and lessens the stigma to moms who wish to use formula.