BABY FORMULA OR BREASTFEEDING?

Most new mothers are confused about whether to breastfeed or to bottle feed their babies formula. These new moms have trouble deciding which is best for their newborns. The first thought that comes to mind is “Why should I try baby formula?” or “When and where can I breastfeed my baby?” It’s true that there are different positive aspects when it comes to breastfeeding, as well as bottle feeding formula.  One thing to consider is that both are flexible. Let’s check out how.

If you’re a working mother, and if you return to work immediately after giving birth, bottle feeding your infant formula is the best choice for you. This advice is for working women. Otherwise, nothing is better than being able to breastfeed. Moreover, it has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Medical Association (AMA) too.

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Breastfeeding, of course, is significant because it can protect your baby from infections and many chronic diseases such as allergies, and so forth. Apart from this protection, 90% of mothers love to nurse their infants because breastfeeding enhances the deep affection between a mother and a child. However, bottle feeding formula is another suitable option for mothers who do not have enough time to breastfeed their baby because of their hectic working schedule.

Let’s have a look at some of the benefits of breastfeeding as well as formula feeding.

Benefits of breastfeeding

  • Smarter babies
  • Different tastes
  • Skin-to-Skin contact
  • Nutrition and Ease of digestion

These are the main benefits of breastfeeding. Apart from that, one significant advantage of breastfeeding is it protects your child from several types of sicknesses.

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Now let’s check out which illnesses breastfeeding can combat. These conditions are as follows.

  • Ear infections
  • Diarrhea
  • Respiratory infections
  • Meningitis

Apart from illnesses, breastfeeding also has other qualities. It can protect babies from

  • Allergies
  • Diabetes
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Asthma and
  • Obesity

The benefits of formula feeding

Formula feeding is the best nutritional alternative to breastfeeding. The formula contains all the nutrients and vitamins that the babies need through the supplements it contains.

This milk is produced under sterile conditions. Furthermore, the manufacturers use commercial formulas to replicate mother’s milk. It is complex, and it contains the best combination of sugars, proteins, vitamins, and fats. The formula cannot be produced at home, so do not even try to create formula at home. When you don’t have enough time to breastfeed your baby, using a commercially prepared formula is a handy and healthy option.

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Some mothers have a medical condition that prevents them from breastfeeding.  In these cases, doctors may advise the mother against breastfeeding.  Apart from being unable to breastfeed, it also can be stressful and too complicated for some women. You can choose formula feeding in these scenarios.

  • Parents, as well as the caregiver, can feed a baby with a bottle anytime. Enabling others to help feed the baby is a perfect option for those mothers who pump their breast milk. The mothers feel happier while performing their out of the home duties knowing their baby is being fed on time.
  • Bottles make it easy for babysitter or father to feed a baby while the child is with them. Therefore, mothers can be confident that their babies are fed on time. Also, there is no need for a private place to feed your child. Nor is there any need to change your essential work schedule.

How to make the best choice

To breastfeed or bottle feed formula is a difficult decision for mothers. They need their family’s support to make this decision. Many mothers decide to use formula while they are pregnant, but when the baby is born, they change their minds. You need to make this decision with your family and according to your lifestyle.

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We have provided you with all the pros and cons but don’t forget to consult your doctor too. Your doctor is the best person who can advise you to make the right decision for your baby and family.