Breastfeeding vs. Bottle Feeding: What New Moms Need to Know
To breastfeed or not to breastfeed, that is the question for new moms. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Dietetic Association (ADA), and the World Health Organization (WHO) they favor breastfeeding over bottle feeding. In this blog post we’re going to reveal the pros and cons of breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding. What you’ll soon learn that the decision to choose between breastfeeding or formula feed is based on the mothers’; current medical situation, comfort level, lifestyle, and personal choice.
Pros of Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding has been more favorable for new moms because it is a great way to fight infection. It helps to prevent other ailments too like; diarrhea, respiratory infections, and meningitis for your baby. More benefits include:
- Protecting babies from allergies, asthma, diabetes, obesity, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) especially for premature babies.
- Easily digestible.
- Contains all the vitamins and minerals your newborn needs, including protein, carbohydrates, fat, and calcium.
- More convenient for new moms because you don’t need any tools (no bottles, no mixing, no formula, no washing, and no sterilizing bottles) and it doesn’t cost you anything.
- Helps new moms with weight loss.
Cons of Breastfeeding
If you’re a coffee lover you’ll need to give up your morning treat since the caffeine can cause restlessness and irritability in babies. Other disadvantages include:
- Nipples get sore especially in the beginning of feeding your baby
- Limiting medication and alcohol intake since everything you eat is passed through your milk.
- Feeding schedule is a challenge if you’re out and about, travelling, and if you resume going back to work.
- Those with breast reduction surgery may have difficulty if their milk ducts have been severed.
Pros of Bottle Feeding
Bottle feeding can mean either feeding your baby with breast milk from a bottle or using a formula.
Formula is manufactured and does contain vitamins and nutrients; however it’s still not a perfect match for breast milk made by a woman’s body. Other advantages include:
- Allows either parent or anyone to feed the baby at any time.
- Babies eat less often than breastfed babies because formulas are less digestible than breast milk.
- New moms can eat or drink anything they want.
Cons of Bottle/Formula Feeding
One of the downsides to bottle/formula feeding is the time it takes to prepare it. You have to shop to buy the formula and bottles & then wash and sanitize the bottles. If the formula isn’t refrigerated within an hour of use you’ll have to discard it, wasting your money. To ensure your formula doesn’t go to waste we recommend theMulti-Use Insulation Bag for Baby Milk & Food.
Why you’ll love it:
- Keeps the baby’s food or drinks fresh and at the right temperature even while travelling.
- The Insulation Bag will make sure your baby's food is warm or cold for hours. Carry it in style latched on your child's stroller or use it as a mommy bag organizer.
- Portable - Can be used as a bag organizer or independently. Can also be easily latched into your baby's stroller.
- Waterproof - Made with 600D Matte Waterproof Oxford cloth.
- Adjustable - Easily adjust buckle for your needs.
- Multi-pockets - It has an independent liner and multiple pockets for easy organization
- Multiple lining - Has aluminum foil and PE insulation lining to make sure your baby's food stays fresh.
Other disadvantages include:
- The cost of a specialty formula can run to about $1,500 per year.
- You don’t burn the calories that you typically experience from breastfeeding.
- It takes more time to prep & it can be a hassle. Every time you leave the house you have to make sure you have all the supplies you need while you are out.
- Studies showed that newborns are more prone to allergies, obesity, and diabetes later in life.
As you can see there are many health benefits to breastfeeding over bottle feeding but new moms shouldn’t feel guilty if they are unable to breastfeed their baby. New moms should carefully decipher what makes them comfortable; and consider all the pros and cons to ensure their newborn is getting the nutrients they need.
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