Bottle Feeding vs. Breastmilk: Which Is Better?

Bottle feeding vs. breast-milk… it’s one of the most common debates among moms. Moms who breastfeed are always up in arms because whipping out the boob in public is still seen as a taboo, and bottle feeding moms get defensive because lactivists treat them as if they’re bad mothers for not breastfeeding their children. But in the bottle feeding vs. breast-milk debate, who comes out on top?

Advantages of Breast-milk

Several prominent organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the American Dietetic Association (ADA) all recommend breastfeeding because it is a baby’s best protection against allergies, infections, and a variety of chronic illnesses. Breast-milk contains the perfect balance of nutrients and is easily digested and absorbed. It is considered the “perfect food” for babies. The content of breastmilk varies depending on the mother’s milk production stage.

The AAP recommends breastfeeding exclusively for at least the first 6 months and encourages mothers to breastfeed until the baby is at least one year old. They also recommend continuing if the mother and baby have a mutual desire to do so. Regardless, a newborn baby has special needs and breast milk is one of them.

Some advantages of breastfeeding include the fact that it’s easier to get back into shape after your child is born if you breastfeed. Furthermore, breastfeeding is cheaper than buying formula and doesn’t require you to carry bottles around or wake up in the middle of the night to prepare formula. Nursing also helps to form an intimate bond between you and your baby.

Advantages of Bottle Feeding

While it might seem like there’s a clear winner in the bottle feeding vs. breastmilk debate, the truth is that bottle feeding also has many advantages. Bottle feeding is a good alternative for moms who can’t or won’t breastfeed for whatever reason. Some mothers have breastfeeding problems. The benefits of bottle feeding include the fact that both parents can participate in the feeding process and the fact that you and your baby will have an easier time adjusting if you decide to go back to work. Bottle feeding also gives moms more freedom in terms of their diet, schedule, and overall lifestyle.

Ultimately, there’s no better way to feed your child because it’s a personal decision. It’s your right to choose the method that works best for you and your family.

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One Response to “Bottle Feeding vs. Breastmilk: Which Is Better?”

  1. Jackie
    October 30th, 2011

    Thanks for this information. I needed something to help me because I’m very sore from continuous breastfeeding.

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