Breastfeeding VS Bottle Feeding

It is no surprise that in the breastfeeding vs bottle feeding debate, breast milk clearly takes the trophy; but there could be circumstances in which bottle feeding is the best choice, or there could be a tie! Let's evaluate which suits YOU the most...

Advantages of Breastfeeding:

1. Fights infections in newborn babies:

Breastfeeding strengthens your baby's immune system making him less prone to many diseases as compared to a formula-fed baby. By breastfeeding, you may prevent or reduce the following occurrences in your newborn:

2. The Perfect Meal:

Breast milk contains essential vitamins and minerals that are required by your newborn to develop. Although formula milk companies are trying their best to replicate breast milk, and they are coming closer to an extent, yet there are still many complex enzymes found in breast milk that these companies cannot replicate - not to mention there are some entities that they still cannot even figure out. So no doubt that the formula milk now available in the market is the best formula milk that has ever been produced, it is still not a carbon copy of breast milk.

Furthermore, breast milk can be easily digested by your little one's body, hence reducing the occurrences of vomiting, diarrhea and constipation. Talking about a perfectly digestible meal!

3. Free and convenient:

Breast milk is all natural and 100% free. Moreover...

  • You do not require any kind of bottle sterilization procedures (unless you plan to store breast milk for later use).
  • No need for temperature control of the milk.
  • And to top it all, it does not run out of stock! (Click here to read our article on 8 effective ways to improve the flow of your breast milk)

How more convenient can it be!

4. Can be frozen:

Moms who have a hectic working schedule or are constantly on the go can even express and store their breast milk. It's like you breast feed through a bottle - how cool is that!

Read all about expressing your breast milk using various types of breast pumps (manual and electric breastfeeding pump) as well as all sorts of breastmilk storing information (room temperature, refrigerator and freezer) in our highly informative article Expressing and Storing Breast Milk.

5. Helps moms too:

Breast milk is a two-in-one package: it is beneficial for both you and your baby. When we talk about breastfeeding vs bottle feeding, we often forget how the natural feeding technique benefits the mother - something a bottle can never accomplish (in this case breastmilk is a clear winner of the breastfeeding vs bottle feeding debate).

Let's look into some of the advantages breast feeding brings to a nursing mom:

  • Lowers the risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases.
  • Reduces the chances of breast, ovarian and uterus cancers.
  • Lowers the risk of diabetes.
  • Facilitates moms in reducing weight and helps them get back to their pre-pregnancy body shape.
  • Helps the uterus to contract and go back to its pre-pregnancy size.
  • Makes the mom feel closer to the newborn and hence strengthens the mother-baby bond. (Also, try Kangaroo Care technique if you haven't tried it - it really works!)
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When it comes to the health benefits that breast feeding provides to the mother, bottlefeeding is no where to be seen in breastfeeding vs bottle feeding race. But the baby bottle does have some advantages. Let's now have a look at them:

Advantages of formula-feeding:

So far we have only looked half way into the breastfeeding vs bottle feeding debate. Bottle-feeding (formula milk) also comes with some advantages. For instance:

  1. You can leave your child with a caregiver and go out, without worrying about baby’s milk.
  2. Bottle-feeding a baby in public is a lot easier and convenient than breastfeeding.
  3. You do not have to worry about producing less breast milk as your baby is dependent on the bottle. However, you can always take help from our article 8 Effective ways to Improve the Flow and Quality of Your Breast Milk.
  4. No sore nipples. You do not have to worry about a biting-baby when your baby starts to have his teeth.
  5. You can eat anything you like. Breast-milk is influenced by what the mother eats and there may be a couple of things that the feeding mother is not encouraged to eat in order to avoid the baby having a gassy stomach or develop some sorts of food allergies. You do not have to worry about this if you are bottle feeding.
  6. If you have a premature baby, there are special formula milk available in the market that are specially made while keeping in mind the developmental needs of your preterm baby. For help, refer to our article on Baby Formula for Preemies.

When not to breastfeed:

Every mother knows when and how to breastfeed but if you are wondering why and when to go for a formula-milk, make sure you understand the benefits of breastfeeding and the challenges of formula-milk. Many moms, however, cannot breastfeed for medical reasons. Read our article on when not to breastfeed.

Best of both worlds...

You can also have a combination of both techniques. This way, you could breastfeed your newborn when you are with him, and formula feed with the help of a caregiver or nanny when you need to be away.

If you feel that you are on the go a lot and hence bottle-feeding is the only option left for you, don’t get disheartened. You could express your breast-milk and store it in a bottle. Moreover, breast-milk can also be frozen but make sure you do not re-freeze this milk once it is brought to room temperature.

In the breastfeeding vs bottle feeding debate, no matter which side are you on, as long as it is keeping you and your baby happy and satisfied, go for it. At the end of the day, it is your time and love your baby needs the most at this stage - and at all the stages to come. :)


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