Breastfeeding Or Bottlefeeding

One of the most fiercely fought battles in the “Mummy” wars is within VS infant formula. Whether you are breastfeeding or formula feeding your baby, you will always be scold for one reason or another. For example, you can be criticized by others for breastfeeding in public places or be reprimanded for not giving your baby “natures perfect food” if you are formula feeding. The opinion of others may not matter to you, that would be the least, but the real question to ask is: what is the right choice for you?


Why should I choose breastfeeding over bottle?

Breast milk is the ideal food for infants (including preterm and sick) because it is cheap and readily available, not likely to cause allergies and its supplements from the composition of the immunity helps babies fight certain infections. During the first year of your baby’s life, his weight is likely to triple and the main source of this weight gain comes from milk they drink.

Infant formulas have been developed to replace breast milk, but no formula has proven to be a direct replacement of the basic nutritional and immune properties. Mothers can opt for artificial feeding for medical or other reasons best known to them.


What are the advantages and disadvantages of both forms of power?



Bottle Feeding

  • Good for the immune system of the infant: Antibodies passed from mother to child help reduce the occurrence of diseases and improve the infant immune system.
  • More nutritious: Breast milk contains lactose, fat and certain proteins that are easy to digest, rich and nutrition for growth and all-round development of the child.
  •  Free: Breast milk is free and costs nothing. As it improves immunity, this means that there will be fewer visits to the doctor due to outbreak of infections.
  • Different flavors: Breastfeeding mothers need about 500 extra calories a day, which means they need to eat a variety of foods. Different flavors are thus available for children depending on the nature of the food mothers ate.
  • Chance to have contact “skin to skin”: Improves bonding and emotional connection of mother and child, especially with skin-to-skin contact.
  • Good for the physical health of mothers: Help mother to burn calories and reduce the risk of certain medical conditions such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
  • Very convenient: Two Parents, and in fact a family member can take part in the binding process of feeding a child. This makes it less stressful diet for the mother.
  • Quite flexible: Once the bottles are made, the child’s diet for a period of time is supported and diet can be done by anyone. In addition, the power supply is not a particular problem in public places.
  • Less frequent: Food Formula is heavier and less easy to digest than breast milk, whether formula-fed babies less frequently eat.
  • Fewer worries about food for moms: Mothers who feed their babies with formula does not have to worry about the kind of food they consume and may not be too particular about their diet .
  • More likely to be comfortable, especially at the beginning of breastfeeding when lock on the pain is not familiar.
  • More frequent: Frequency and timing of breastfeeding may be inconvenient for the mother, particularly in public places or very late at night.
  • Could be dangerous. Medical conditions such as HIV, some treatments such as chemotherapy and some medications can make breastfeeding hazardous for infants.
  • More concerts on nutrition for moms. Mothers should eat healthy and pay attention to their diet foods, especially alcohol and caffeine. Food taken by the mother can be transmitted to the child.
  • Prepare more work: Food formula involves more time and care in the preparation. Proper storage of certain periods is also essential to prevent the formation of bacteria that can harm the child.
  • Short of antibodies: Formula does not contain any of the antibodies found in breast milk and therefore does not improve the immunity of children against certain infections. This makes the bottle-fed babies more prone to infections.
  • More expensive: Formula can be very expensive depending on the type you decide to use. But none are as cheap as breast milk.
  • More can cause intestinal problems: Feeding babies with formula may have more gas and firmer stools than their counterparts in.

The video below adequately highlight the differences between breast milk and infant formulas:


Can I use both forms of breastfeeding my baby?

  • The combination of maternal food formula feeding is a much better option than to stop breastfeeding your baby altogether. It is very possible to combine these two power modes for your baby, but this combination is not advisable to start after a minimum of eight weeks. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for at least eight weeks if the mother’s milk production is not affected.
  • Combination of the two forms of power can be useful for career mothers returning to work or mothers who have difficulty producing enough milk. Reducing feedings should be done gradually to allow in adapting to miss a feeding and reduce the risk of developing mastitis. For example, if you exchange one day of breastfeed for food formula bottle instead, your milk supply at this time of day will decrease.
  • When the baby is about six months, consumption of milk is to be reduced as you gradually introduce solid foods. If you have not submitted your baby food formula so far, this may be the perfect time to do it, but it will take some time for him to adjust to the food of the formula and power mode. Different sucking movements could be confounded, and if he can feel the breast milk, the baby may be reluctant to take the feed formula. Try a variety of sucking pacifiers that have been softened with warm water and you could ask someone else to try to feed the baby to start. You can also change the normal position of breastfeeding as it can help to quickly adapt to the new situation and the formula.

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