The Differences between Bottle and Breastfeeding an Infant

Deciding on whether to bottle or breastfeed your child is a personal decision. If you search the Internet, you will find plenty of information on the benefits of breastfeeding and how they far outweigh that of bottle feeding. However, despite all of this information, including the plethora of breastfeeding support available, many women still choose to bottle feed their babies. There are definitely pros and cons to both breastfeeding and bottle feeding your child.

Bottle feeding can be convenient. Anyone can bottle feed an infant, and the responsibility doesn’t have to fall solely on the mother. You don’t have to worry about what you eat, about trying to breastfeed in public, or a low milk supply. You also don’t have worry about sore nipples or training your baby not to bite your nipples while feeding. Formula can be very expensive, but over the past few years, it has become available in more convenient forms, such as ready-to-feed bottles and pre-measured packets.  However, it is very important, when traveling, that you make sure to pack enough supplies. There are far less necessities when breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding has been proven to be far more beneficial for mother and baby. Breast milk provides more nutrition than formula and protects baby against disease, which builds up their immune system even before they have even received their first immunizations. There is no question to whether or not breast milk is better for baby.

Breastfeeding mothers are also less likely to develop breast cancer, and are more likely to lose weight gained during pregnancy more quickly. Breastfeeding can be difficult to get the hang of, especially for first time mothers; but there are many resources for breastfeeding support that can help make breastfeeding an enjoyable experience for both mother and baby. Many women begin breastfeeding, but get discouraged when obstacles occur. Breastfeeding support can help women overcome these issues. Sore nipples, clogged milk ducts and mastitis are just a few of the issues that proper breastfeeding support can help women nurse through and get to a place where breastfeeding is a great experience.

Although breast milk is ideal, babies can grow up to be healthy and strong when fed formula as well. Women take many factors into account when deciding whether to breastfeed or bottle feed their baby. It is a private choice, and no one should feel pressured to do one over the other. It is important to support a woman no matter what her feeding choice may be.