Formula Feeding--Which is Best For You and
One very important
choice new mothers must make is whether to
breastfeed or formula feed their new baby.
While this choice is very personal, others
are likely to have strong opinions on the
topic. Instead of being swayed by othersí
persistent opinions, make the decision that
is right for you by weighing the pros and
cons of both choices.
Breastfeeding is pretty
widely accepted as the most nutritionally
sound choice for your baby. It is
tailor-made specifically for your baby by
your body, instead of being manufactured in
a factory somewhere. Breast milk contains
antibodies that help your baby fight off
illnesses so breastfed babies get sick less
often. Breastfeeding is a great bonding
experience for mother and baby. Breastmilk
is free, you donít have to wait while it
warms up, and it requires no equipment. It
also may reduce the risk of SIDs in infants,
and it can help you lose weight. The World
Health Organization recommends breastfeeding
your child for two years.
breastfeeding can be painful in the first
few days. It can take practice for baby to
latch on correctly. Women who are
breastfeeding cannot drink or smoke and they
cannot take some medications. It may make
women feel tied down. It is difficult for a
full time working mother to breastfeed.
Women who are self-conscious may be
uncomfortable breastfeeding in public and
may want to cover up or find a more private
place to nurse.
Formula Feeding Pros
For women unable or
unwilling to breastfeed, formula is an
alternative. It comes in many varieties, so
if baby does not do well with one type,
another type can be tried. Formula companies
often send mothers free samples of and
coupons for their products. With formula,
anyone can feed the baby so dads can take a
turn doing night-time feedings as well. It
is also easier to see how much baby is
drinking. Formula feeding can give mothers a
break from the demands of constant nursing.
Formula Feeding Cons
Formula feeding can get
expensive, especially if you need to buy a
pricier variety of formula and bottles.
Deciding on the type of bottles and formula
to use can take a lot of time and research
as well as trial and error for an already
busy mother. If a mother runs out of
formula, she must run out to the store.
Formula fed babies often are gassier, and
they poop more frequently. Taking baby on an
outing can be a hassle when the mother has
to carry several bottles and there is no
place available to warm them up. Constantly
washing bottles can take a lot of time.
While you may consult others for their
opinions on formula, the decision you make
needs to be right for you and your family.
If breastfeeding does not work out, you can
always switch to formula later or do a
combination of both. You also have the
option of pumping milk on occasion to get
all the benefits of breast milk for your
baby but the convenience of bottles for you.
Please be aware that
the articles on this site are written by
mothers who are discussing their own
experiences and their own opinions. They do
not, and are not meant to, represent
professional advice and should be read with
that point firmly in mind. Our childrenís
welfare is paramount; if you are ever in the
slightest doubt about any aspect of caring
for a child you are urged to seek qualified,
specialist advice from a professional
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