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...
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:
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.
Breast milk is all natural and 100% free. Moreover...
How more convenient can it be!
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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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