Although doctors recommend mothers to breast feed their
child, many mothers do not choose this option and there are many reasons behind
this. Learn about the advantages of breastfeeding and bottle
feeding and weigh them on your personal situation and preferences and
decide what you would like to carry on.
Advantages of Breastfeeding
Have quick look at the benefits of breastfeeding baby.
Health Benefits for Baby
β Breast milk contains all the nutrients that the body of an infant needs. It
also changes according to the needs of your child.
Studies reveal that breastfed babies
from common infections
from skin problems
and digestive problems
attack and stroke
Health Benefits for
the Mother β Breast feeding helps in shrinking of the size of uterus and
help lose some of your pregnancy weight.
have following advantages:
chances of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer
β Breastfeeding creates a special bonding between the mother and the child and
the child feels more secure.
Convenience and Inexpensiveness
β You do not have to wait when your baby is hungry. Breast milk is free and can
be offered anywhere and anytime your child is hungry.
Advantages of Bottle
Feeding with Formula Milk
Feeding your infant with formula milk that is prepared
commercially also has some advantages.
- Anyone can Feed your Child β This
is the biggest advantage and since the new mothers feel exhausted and have
to take more rest, this helps them do that. The bottle, nipple and formula
are readily available and anyone can prepare and feed your child following
- Nutrition Needs are Met β The
formula milk is prepared keeping in mind the needs of an infant and
everything is calculated and added.
- Infant Feels less Hungry β You
will not have to feed your child very often as babies fed with formula
milk do not feel hungry frequently.
- Vitamin D β Formula milk has the
right amount of Vitamin D that an infant needs while children fed with
breast milk have to take Vitamin D supplements.
- Freedom to Eat What you Like β The
mother is free to eat whatever she likes and there is no restriction on
her. You can also go to your workplace without any hassle.
The decision of whether you want to breast feed your child
or offer formula milk is strictly personal. Both have the advantages and
disadvantages and the mother and the father of the child decide what is
suitable for their lifestyle and living conditions.
There is also a point to be noted here that not all mothers
are able to breastfeed. Some may start with breastfeeding but find it difficult
to continue with it and there can be many reasons behind this. So, there is
nothing like right or wrong way of feeding your child no matter what decision