This post is intended to be an opinion piece and should not be used as medical advice. Should you or your child require medical advice, please contact your doctor.

It’s no secret human breastmilk has many benefits for human babies, including the obvious fact that milk that comes from the same species is generally nutritionally ideal for the offspring.

That being said, formula is an excellent source of nutrition for our babies, and mothers should not be made to feel guilty or as if they have failed should they decide to supplement or exclusively formula feed their babies.

For healthy child development, mothers should ideally be happy and healthy. Her partner and family members, friends and community should come together to support her. As they say, “it takes a village”.