For the first six months of your baby’s life, breastfeeding is highly encouraged as breast milk has so many health benefits for your baby. However, bottle feeding has been proven the same! I know how bottle feeding is usually frown upon, but mommies, you should know that the decision is solely yours because only you know what is best for you and your baby. In this post, I would like to share with you mommies The Pros & Cons of Breastfeeding vs. Bottle Feeding.
Pros and Cons of Breastfeeding
As told by many health organizations, such as World Health Organization (WHO), breast milk is indeed the best nutrients supply for your baby as it contains high levels of nutrients such proteins, fats, calcium, vitamins, and more that are essentials for your baby’s health. Breast milk is also easily digested and absorbed by your baby.
Aside from these amazing health benefits the breast milk is providing for your baby, breast milk is free and available anytime, anywhere! It is totally convenient for you and your baby. You also do not need an extra time to prep for it and the milk is always in the perfect temperature — you do not have to worry whether it is too warm or hot for your baby to consume. Also for you mommies, the skin-to-skin and breastfeeding latch releases the oxytocin hormone (aka “love hormone”) so you will feel relaxed after nursing!
The downside of breastfeeding is that you mommies have to always be available when your baby needs to feed. And if you are not available, you have to pump out your breast milk and keep them in storage. It could be costly since you have to have breast pumps and its accessories in order to make preparation prior to leaving for work, for instance. Like I mentioned in my previous post, breastfeeding could hurt a little when you first started. But do know you can avoid that by finding the correct nursing position and latch and also, nipple creams!
Pros and Cons of Bottle Feeding
If you decide to feed your baby from the bottle, fret not, mommies, bottle feed gives your baby the benefits that your baby needs too! Infant formulas have gotten better and better at matching the ingredients to that of mommy’s breast milk. While breastfed babies may less likely to experience infections, the majority of infants would not get serious infections in the first months even if they are fed from the bottle!
Also the best part of bottle feeding is that both mommy and daddy can equally take part in feeding and take the opportunity to bond with the baby. The role to feed the baby does not depend on mommy solely! Bottle feeding also gives mommy more freedom in terms of daily routine and dieting. You can go back to work easily — there is no need for you to schedule for pumping at work to avoid engorgement! By feeding your baby from the bottle, you can prevent the discomfort feeling that breastfeeding may give to your nipples.
Although infant formulas are getting better these days, some babies would experience some difficulty tolerating some nutrients as the nutritional content in infant formulas are depending on proper preparation that are man-made so there are at risk of human error and consequently will cause your baby diarrhea. Unlike breastfeeding, the amount consumed usually will be determined by your baby, however with bottle feeding, you cannot just feed however much you would like — your pediatrician or caregiver will decide that for your baby. It could be costly as you would have to purchase infant formulas (which are not cheap!) and its accessories – feeding bottles, teats, and more.
Lastly, a happy and a calm mother is the best mother. If you choose to breastfeed, then keep on going! But if you feel like bottle feeding is the best fit for you and your baby, then you do you, boo! Keep on going no matter what! You are in the no-judge zone here at Babydash community. We are always going to root for you, mommies! You are amazing! ❤