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 . 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 . 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.