Breast Feeding VS Bottle Feeding (Formula)

Should I Breastfeed or Bottle feed?

The AAP advises that mother’s breastfeed their babies for at least 12 months, or longer depending on whether the mother and her baby are eager.

The decision on breast vs bottle feeding “breastfeeding vs formula" is a very personal one, whether you decide to breastfeed or bottle feed, you should not feel pressured to do either.

Things to consider when deciding on breastfeeding vs bottlefeeding

  • Your personal comfort level.
  • Your lifestyle ( How busy you are )
  • Medical considerations of you and your baby.

Breast Feeding VS Bottle Feeding 
Pros and Cons of Breastfeeding

Why breastfeed? Are there breast milk advantages?

The advantages of breastfeeding

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  • A great advantage of breast feeding, is that breast milk fights against infections, reducing the incidences of diarrhea, ear infections and meningitis.
  • Breast milk changes in nutrition, fats and quantities to fit your baby's needs as he/she grows.
  • The advantages of breast milk include protection against asthma, diabetes, obesity, allergies and SIDS “sudden infant death syndrome".
  • Breast milk is easier to digest compared to formula, making it the perfect food for a baby’s immature digestive system. This is why breastfed babies have been found to have less constipation and diarrhea than formula fed babies.
  • Breast milk is completely free, while formula becomes more expensive each month. Babies who breastfeed have been found to go to the doctor less than formula fed babies and this then saves mom and dad more money too.
  • Babies are introduced to different flavors and tastes of food via the mother's breast milk, making a child more likely to want to try these foods later in life.
  • One of the best breastfeeding advantages: Breast milk is convenient and always available. No warming or washing of bottles.
  • Studies show that formula fed babies have a lower IQ than breastfed ones.
  • Skin on skin contact between a mother and her baby during breastfeeding, helps enhance bonding.
  • Breastfeeding can help a mother lose her postpartum weight much faster.
  • Breastfeeding can prevent all sorts of diseases and even cancer in mothers, later in life.
  • The other advantages of breast feeding for mom, baby and the environment.
  • Read the benefits of colostrum.
  • Breast milk protects a baby's gut lining from viruses. 
  • Breast milk provides immune protection. 

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Breastfeeding Challenges

Breastfeeding disadvantages

  • Some mothers do not feel comfortable enough to breastfeed in public. Read more about breastfeeding in public here.
  • Breastfeeding can get really challenging at times, especially when starting out. A few common issues include: engorgement, sore nipples and even thrush or mastitis. A mother will need ample patience and perseverance, although some mothers find it as easy as pie. It all depends on the personal circumstances.
  • Moms may feel inadequate and may give up on breastfeeding, due to a lack of knowledge. If this is you, please first read through our Sitemap, maybe we can answer your specific breastfeeding question.
  • Breastfeeding can become tiring. A baby is totally dependent on the mother and this may cause her to feel overwhelmed.
  • Women who breastfeed need to be careful about what they consume, especially if their babies have allergies. Mothers who are on strong medications may need to monitor their babies. 

Bottle Feeding Advantages and Disadvantages

Formula Feeding Advantages

Advantages of bottle feeding

  • Other family members get a chance to feed the baby (although this is also possible if mom is breastfeeding and pumping her breast milk).
  • Another one of the benefits of bottle feeding is that the mother does not need to worry about breastfeeding in public.
  • Formula digests slower than breast milk and therefore it keeps a baby fuller for longer periods of time; sometimes giving them a longer stretch of sleep at night too.
  • Women who formula feed do not need to worry about what they eat or drink.
  • It is easy to monitor the amount that a baby is drinking.
  • More flexibility and freedom for a mother to leave her baby with others. 
  • No interference with love making or fertility returning.

Disadvantages of Formula feeding

  • It is expensive, especially if the baby has special needs (soy or hypoallergenic formulas).
  • It requires a lot of preparation and cleaning afterwards.
  • Formula contains no antibodies, meaning that it cannot protect the baby against infection, allergies and illness.
  • Formula fed babies are more likely to show colic symptoms and constipation due to the formula being too difficult to digest.

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Whatever you decide, you should not feel guilty about your decision. It’s better for your baby to have a happy formula feeding mommy than a grumpy mommy who breastfeeds and vice versa.

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