I was a single working mother. I had more than enough milk but due to lack of information I started supplementing with formula while still breastfeeding. I didn’t think about it or do any research. I’m guessing that I just went along with the crowd. I knew even then that I should avoid soy formula. It is an endocrine disrupter. This means your child’s hormones could be affected for life.
There are many such disrupters but for a tiny infant the impact is huge. Perhaps this is why there is so much gender confusion now. When I was a school teacher I noticed that girls were going into puberty and getting periods even before eight.
Breastfeeding is best for so many reasons. With adequate support and help most mothers can establish a breastfeeding relationship with their baby. We don’t live in a culture where we see mothers openly breastfeeding and this can have a negative impact on confidence. The support of a partner has been shown to be the number one factor.
I recommend finding a qualified lactation consultant, that you feel comfortable working, with before giving birth. Interview several before you decide. There is nothing worse than trying to locate a provider when you have a crisis going on. A screaming, hungry baby is a crisis. They can also help with alternatives to formula if needed.