Breastfeeding vs. Bottle feeding
When it comes to feeding your baby, you will have to make the choice of whether you want to breastfeed or bottle feed. There are advantages and disadvantages to each that you need to consider carefully.
Advantages of breastfeeding
- Breast milk contains perfectly balanced amounts of nutrients and is very easy to digest and absorb.
- Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight infections. It is also packed with essential enzymes and hormones.
- Breastfeeding lets your bond with and comfort your baby.
- Breastfeeding costs nothing, doesn’t require any preparation and is available whenever your baby is hungry.
- Breastfeeding is beneficial to the mother as well, decreasing your likelihood of developing Type II diabetes, breast cancer and osteoporosis.
Disadvantages of breastfeeding
- Some mothers experience discomfort while breastfeeding, especially for the first few days.
- You need to always be available to your baby when s/he is hungry, which might not always be possible.
- Medications can interfere with your ability to breastfeed.
- You might need to buy breast pumps and breast milk storage equipment so that your baby can be fed in your absence.
- You might feel uncomfortable feeding your baby in public.
- You need to consume about 500 extra calories to be able to breastfeed your baby. This might make it difficult for you to shed baby weight.
Advantages of bottle feeding
- Your baby can be fed by anyone. This gives you more flexibility and allows your partner to bond with your baby.
- Since your baby will be fed a predetermined amount of formula, it is easy to monitor your baby’s nutrient intake.
- You can eat and drink whatever you want without having to worry about affecting your baby.