Are you a new mom-to-be who is skeptical about how to feed your baby? Are you confused about breastfeeding or bottle feeding? Scroll down below to know more.
It is an accepted truth that breastmilk is more nutritious than formula milk for infants. While some women prefer to breastfeed their babies, there are others who have to pump out or express their breast milk in bottles and give bottle feed.
Breastfeeding Vs. Bottle Feeding
You can make your baby latch on to your breast on demand. It is a very convenient form of feeding as you need not carry any bottles, nipples, sterilizers, cleaning brushes, etc. It is very convenient for stay-at-home mothers. But, for working moms, this is not a possible solution. They need to be away for longer durations at work and hence need to express breastmilk in bottles and freeze it.
Mothers who are available for breastfeeding their babies need not worry about hygiene or cleaning their breasts. In contrast, mothers who express their breast milk and feed their babies in bottles need to ensure that the bottles are properly cleaned and sterilized. It is a very time-consuming process to clean the bottles and sterilize them.
You can breastfeed your baby wherever you want. All you need is a bit of privacy, and that is all, whereas the bottle feeding your baby while you are traveling gets a bit difficult. You need to carry all the bottle products along with you wherever you go. Pumped milk also needs to be refrigerated and then warmed before feeding the baby.
Breast milk is free and does not cost you a penny. If you intend to feed your breast milk from a bottle, then you need to invest in bottles, different sizes of nipples, cleaning brushes, bottle warmers, sterilizers, etc. Those mothers who cannot express breast milk due to less milk secretion need to invest in a formula. Formula milk is not as nutritious as breast milk and is also costly.
Only the mother of the child can breastfeed the baby, while any other caretaker can give bottle-feed. When the mother feeds the baby on demand, there is more bonding and attachment between the mother and child. Bottle-fed babies may not bond that well with their mothers.
Most mothers today are working women. They may get maternity leave for three months, after which they need to go back to the office. Breastfeeding their babies is not possible for such mothers. They can express their breast milk and let the caretaker feed the baby. They can also give formula to their children. In such cases, the bottle-feeding the baby is more practical.
Breastmilk is more nutritious than formula milk. It contains various nutrients required for the healthy growth of a child. The stools from formula milk are smelly, and babies often get constipated. Breastmilk fed babies do not have smelly stools. Moreover, breastfed babies have better immunity and disease-fighting capacities.
Based on your circumstances, you can make a choice of breastfeeding or bottle-feeding your baby. But, if your baby is given bottle milk, try and breastfeed too when you are with your child.