Breast milk and formula
Breast milk has a nearly perfect mix of the vitamins, protein, and fat that your baby needs to grow. It helps them fight off infection, allows you to bond, and did we mention it burns calories for mom? Win-win-win.
Some moms need an alternative to breastfeeding. If that’s the case for you, use your pediatrician’s recommended brand of infant formula. Make sure any water you add is lead-free. You can test your water here.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants below 1 year of age not drink cow’s milk, in part because of its low iron levels. Iron in breast milk and iron-fortified formula helps protect babies from lead poisoning, reducing the amount of lead their bodies absorb. After age 1 children usually have other iron-rich foods in their diets, and cow’s milk does not pose the same risk.