"Can't decide whether to bottle feed or breastfeed your baby? Read on to learn all the pros and cons to consider when deciding how to feed your baby."
Pros: You can buy your own stock
Formula milk is readily available in local supermarkets, baby supply stores and online. This can be useful if your circumstances change at the last minute and you don't have enough powder to feed your baby while you're away. Additionally, some breastfeeding mothers may struggle to produce enough breast milk for their babies, resulting in hours of feeding and pumping. With this formula, you don't have to worry about staying up late, trying to get enough milk for the next day, or changing your diet to increase production.
Pros: Your body is fully recovered
After nine months of exhaustion, missing out on all your favorite foods, relaxing with a nice glass of wine, and your morning coffee, it's been awesome to get your body back to normal. If you're not breastfeeding, you can continue to eat and drink your favorite foods without worrying about their effect on your breast milk.
Pros: You can share feeding responsibilities with your partner, family members, etc.
If you decide to formula feed your baby, your spouse, family member or friend will have more options for feeding your baby than breastfeeding. Formula can be made by anyone or prepared ahead of time, so you can easily get extra help feeding your baby when you need it. If you choose to breastfeed, the mother is the only one who can enjoy the magical bonding experience of feeding a baby. Your spouse or other supporter can also share this time with the baby while you are using formula.
Disadvantage: Judgment from the outside world
Parents who choose to bottle-feed their children instead of breastfeeding report feeling ridiculed or stigmatized by their choices. Remember, formula and breast milk are excellent, nutritious substitutes for your baby to keep your baby healthy. Ultimately, the most important thing is to make the choice that works for you and your family.
Cons: Health Benefits of Breastfeeding
The vitamins and minerals added to the formula are almost equivalent to those in breast milk. On the other hand, breast milk and breastfeeding can provide you and your baby with some health benefits that bottle feeding cannot. Breastfed infants have fewer illnesses and hospitalizations for health reasons than formula-fed infants. This is because breastfeeding allows the mother to pass her antibodies to her baby, which helps boost the immune system. This helps reduce the risk of ear infections, obesity, allergies, asthma and other diseases in babies. Breastfeeding is also good for the mother's health. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and coronary artery disease.
Cons: The recipe is expensive
Unfortunately, shopping formulas can be expensive and quick to set up. You may spend a lot of money on baby food because your child may need it for at least the first year of life. If your child needs special nutrition due to allergies or food intolerances, the average annual cost will increase. Most parents reportedly spend between $1,200 and $1,500 on infant formula in the first year.