It is no surprise that in the breast feed vs bottle feed 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! It all depends upon your circumstances.
In this section:
Breast feed vs bottle feed: who wins?
- Benefits of Breastfeeding
- Benefits of Bottle feeding
Best of both worlds - the win-win situation
Because it's always good to make an informed decision. Before selecting one from breast feed vs bottle feed, it is important for you to weigh the pros and cons of both.
Breastfeeding is not only good for your baby, it provides enormous benefits to the mother as well. But there are circumstances when you cannot or should not breastfeed. In such circumstances, formula milk comes to the rescue.
Below are the benefits of breast feed vs bottle feed. Let's see which suits YOU the most...
In the breast feed vs bottle feed debate, here are the advantages of breastfeeding:
Breastfeeding strengthens your baby's immune system making him/ her less prone to numerous 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 the goodness of 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 create in labs.
Today, the formula milk available in the market is undoubtedly of greater quality (than what was produced two decades ago) - it is still not a carbon copy of the all-natural fully organic breast milk that your boobs produce.
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!
Breast milk is all natural, organic, and 100% free. Moreover...
In the breast feed vs bottle feed battle, it cannot get more convenient than this!
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 breast feed vs bottle feed, we often forget how the natural feeding technique benefits the mother - something a bottle can never accomplish (in this case breast milk is a clear winner).
Let's look at some of the breastfeeding advantages in nursing moms:
By now you must be convinced that in the breast feed vs bottle feed debate, breastfeeding has the edge - but wait! Bottle feeding newborn babies has heaps of advantages as well.
Why does there have to be one winner in the breast feed vs bottle feed debate? You can also have a combination of both techniques. This way, you could breastfeed your newborn when you are with him, and the dad, grandma, or nanny can formula feed when you are away. Isn't that a win-win situation?
In the breast feed vs bottle feed debate, no matter what your personal choice is, as long as your baby is healthy, active, and happy, that's all your want. 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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