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What are the pros and cons of bottle feeding?

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asked Nov 23, 2015 in Home and Family by Jody
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There are certainly both pros and cons of bottle feeding. It is up to you to weigh the facts in order to determine what is best for your baby.


Some pros include:

-You get your "body" to yourself. In other words, what you consume each day will not be transferred to your baby through breast feeding. [1]


-You can measure exactly how much your baby is getting when you measure it in a bottle. Obviously, this is hard to do when the baby is drinking your breast milk! [1]


-You do not have to worry about pumping when going to work or when you will be separated from your baby for extended periods of time. Pumping breast milk can become a real nuisance for many women. [1]


Cons of bottle feeding include:

-Your baby potentially not getting the right amount of nutrients it needs. Most doctors agree that breast milk contains certain nutrients formula simply does not. [2]


-Formula is harder for some babies to digest. It is believed the nutrients in breast milk are more easily absorbed by the body. [2]


-Cost is perhaps the biggest negative of bottle feeding. Buying formula can end up costing a lot of money, whereas breast milk is free. [2]





Sources:

1. http://babyworld.co.uk/2011/07/pros-and-cons-of-bottle-feeding/

2. http://americanpregnancy.org/breastfeeding/breastfeeding-and-bottle-feeding/
answered Nov 24, 2015 by erod429 (53,480 points)
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I had difficulty breastfeeding both of my children, so I pumped and fed them from a bottle for a year. Regardless of whether you are bottle feeding your baby breastmilk or formula, doing so reduces the likelihood that they will successfully be able to breastfeed in the future. However, the benefit for me was that I could see exactly how much milk my children were consuming. This lead to peace of mind and much less stress as a new mother. In addition, my babies were able to drink from the bottle faster than they would have been able to nurse (at least in the beginning). When I had my second child, this made my daily schedule with my older child much easier. Finally, with bottle feeding, my husband was able to help in the middle of the night. I got a little extra sleep that way.

 

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, breastmilk is best for babies [1]. It helps them stay healthy and fight infections. Formula, however, does provide the nutrients that your baby needs to grow. One common fear of mothers that bottle feed their babies is that they will miss out on bonding time with their little one. I can personally attest to the fact that I have never felt that way with either of my children; I adore them, and I have since the moment they were born. Bottle feeding them did not impact our relationship at all.

 

There are a few other issues to consider. Breastmilk is digested more easily than formula, so breastfed babies are not typically as constipated [2]. Research indicates that breastfed babies may be more intelligent and it could cut back on his or her risk of obesity. Feeding your baby formula, however, is often a more flexible choice for parents.

 

References:

 

[1] http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/feeding/breast_bottle_feeding.html

 

[2] http://www.webmd.com/baby/breastfeeding-vs-formula-feeding

answered Nov 25, 2015 by Unckelli (50,310 points)

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