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  • Pros and Cons of Breastfeeding Vs (Formula) Bottle Feeding

    I was asked to write about Pros and Cons of Breastfeeding vs Formula Feeding (Bottle). I have done both, so I can give some insight into the topic and give other information. This is *not* a debatable topic nor is it meant to be. Parents always will choose what is best for their baby / them as a parent.

    Pros of breastfeeding:
    - Has antibodies, no bacteria
    - Milk is produced in correct porportions
    - No risk of allergic reaction
    - Always the correct temperature
    - No additives / preservatives 
    - Builds a strong bond between mother and baby
    - No cost / preparation (unless you choose to pump/bottle feed your milk)
    - Breastfeeding triggers weight loss in mother sometimes

    Cons of breastfeeding:
    - Maybe painful the first few weeks until you get use to baby's latch
    - Mother always is present

    *While breastfeeding / breast milk is best for baby, not all mothers are physically able to nurse or produce enough milk for numerous reasons, so there is always formula to use. It's a small percentage that can't truly nurse or produce enough, as there are a lot of ways / foods / drinks to intake to increase your milk supply, to make it possible.

    *For formula, our older two kids were formula fed and I wish I would have breastfed them, but can't go back in time to change it.

    Pros of bottle (formula) feeding:
    - You might be more aware of baby's milk intake
    - Others can help feed baby
    - It might contain supplement vitamins and minerals 

    Cons of bottle (formula) feeding:
    - Not cost effective - You have to buy formula (expensive), bottles, and bottle brush
    - Bottles have to be washed and sterilized after each feeding
    - Formula is not always ready
    - More likely to get illnesses 
    - It doesn't contain living antibodies and antibacterial that breast milk has
    - Risks of wrong mixture


    1. You have given some good points for both options, and it's definitely a decision best left to the family depending on what works for the.

    2. This was such a great post for those women who are trying to decide what is best for them and make an informed decision. I breastfed both of my sons and it was a great experience. We did use bottles and formula when we needed to but mostly they nursed. I also let them self wean, both boys nursed until just over 2 years old.

    3. I think it's always about what is best for the family- for us we breast feed for 3 months- and after that made the switch to formula. It worked beautifully for our family but it's not necessarily for everyone. I actually can believe how rarely my daughter gets sick (especially because she's a daycare baby!)