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:
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:
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:
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 the Multi-Use Insulation Bag for Baby Milk & Food.
Why you’ll love it:
Other disadvantages include:
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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