Natural breastfeeding is always better than using a formula in a bottle or expressing breast milk and feeding on the bottle. There are various reasons to support this fact. If you are a new mom and if you can extend your maternity leave for six months, then nothing is better than breastfeeding baby the natural way.
Why Is Breastfeeding Baby Better?
With breastfeeding baby naturally, you get to bond better with your child. Babies learn to recognize their mother’s smell and touch. This helps them calm down as soon as the mother takes them in their laps. Breastfeeding a baby is the most beautiful aspect of getting pregnant.
This 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. Your babies can latch on demand to your breasts whenever they want.
Mothers who are available for breastfeeding their babies need not worry about hygiene or cleaning their breasts. While 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 formula. Formula milk is not as nutritious as breast milk and is also costly.
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.
There are various benefits of natural breastfeeding babies than compared to using formula or expressing breastmilk and then feeding on a bottle. Of course, those women who have no option but to leave their kids in the hands of caretakers have to resort to formula or expressing milk. But if you have a choice, you should try and breastfeed baby naturally. It is beneficial to both the mother as well as to the child.