One of the most fighter battles in “Mummy Wars” is ‘which is the better way to feed?’ – breastfeeding vs bottle feeding. Whether you breastfeed or formula feed your child, you will always be scolded for one reason or another.
For example, if you formula-feed your baby, many may blame you for not giving your child the “right diet”. But the opinions of others must not make any difference to you, but the real question to consider is that what option is right for you?
Breastfeeding vs bottle feeding: Why should you breastfeed at bottle meal?
Breast milk is the ideal food for babies (including premature and sick newborns) because it is cheap, easily available, is not likely to cause allergies. It helps the children to fight against certain infections. During the first year of your child’s life, he weighs three times. The main source of this weight is from milk.
Infant formulas have been developed, although none of them has proved to be a direct substitute for breastmilk based on nutritional and immune qualities. Mom’s can opt for formula feeding for the most well-known reasons for them.
Breastfeeding vs bottle feeding: Benefits and disadvantages
- Good for an infant’s immune system. Antibodies are passed from the mother to the child.
- Nutritious breast milk contains lactose, fats and certain proteins, which are very easy to digest, rich and good for the all-round growth and the development of the child.
- Breast milk is free and costs nothing. Since it improves immunity, it means there will be fewer cases of infection.
- Nursing mothers need about 500 extra calories per day which means they should eat a wide variety of foods. Different flavours are thus available for the kind of foods the mothers have eaten.
- The chance to have “skin-to-skin” contact improves bonding and emotional connection of mother and child, especially with the skin-to-skin contact.
- Good for mums’ physical health. It helps the mother burn calories and reduces the risk of certain medical conditions such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases.
- More chances of being uncomfortable, especially at the onset of breastfeeding when latch-on pain is not familiar.
- Frequency and timing of breastfeeding may be inconvenient for the mother, especially in public places or very late at night.
- Could be unsafe in medical conditions such as HIV, certain treatments such as chemotherapy and certain medicines.
- It is more concerned about the diet for mums. Mothers should eat healthy and be careful about their diet, special alcohol, and caffeine intake.
- Very convenient for parents and indeed any member of the family can take part in the process of feeding the child.
- Once the formula milk is made, the child is fed for a specific period and it can be fed by any person. Apart from this, feeding in public places is not a special problem.
- Mothers’ do not have to worry about what kind of food they eat and their food is not very special.
- Preparing formula milk food involves more time and care. Proper storage is also important for a fixed period of time. Otherwise harmful bacteria may develop in it.
- The formula milk does not contain antibodies which are found in breast milk and thus does not improve the child’s immunity against certain infections. This increases the risk of infection.
- Formula-milk can be very expensive depending on the way you decide to use.
- Bowel problems can arise. Children fed with the formula are more likely to have more gas and compulsive bowel movement than their breastfeeding counterparts.
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