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 at some of the breastfeeding advantages in nursing moms:
By now you must be convinced that in the breastfeeding vs bottle feeding debate, breastfeeding has the edge - but wait! Bottlefeeding newborn babies has heaps of advantages as well.
You can also have a combination of both techniques. This way, you could breastfeed your newborn when you are with him, and the dad or nanny can formula feed when you are away. Isn't that a win-win situation?
In the breastfeeding vs bottle feeding debate, no matter which side you are at, 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. :)