Utah State University Extension
Deciding how to feed an infant is a decision that should be made by a mother and her family. The benefits of exclusively breastfeeding an infant for the first six months of life are well established (World Health Organization [WHO], 2017); however, it may not always be feasible or a preferred option. For mothers who cannot or choose not to breastfeed, formula feeding is a great option that can support a healthy and thriving infant. This fact sheet will address common questions about breastfeeding and formula feeding to help mothers make an informed decision on how to feed their infant, whether it is by breastfeeding, formula feeding, or a combination of the two.
Briggs, Trista; Savoie-Roskos, Mateja R.; Bangerter, Lydia; and Coombs, Casey, "Breastfeeding or Formula Feeding: A Mother's Choice" (2020). All Current Publications. Paper 2102.