While breastfeeding is highly recommend by a number of health organizations such as the WHO, there are moms who could no breastfeed their babies due to their medical issues or personal problems.
In this article, I will provide you further information about these two types of feeding as well as their pros and cons. I hope that you will have a deeper insight about one of the most heated topic among parents.
Here is the list of the comparison between breastfeeding and formula feeding:
1/ In Term of Nutrients
Breast milk is rich in a lot of vitamins and minerals as well as protein and fat. Formula milk also contains a lot of nutrients for the baby as well.
While breast milk contains most of the needed vitamins and minerals, it does not have a sufficient amount of vitamin D. In this case, you need to let your baby take vitamin D supplements until he is 1 year old.
However, in term of easy digestion, breast milk can win over formula. All of the breast milkís component including protein and fat can be easily digested, even by a small and weak digestion system of a new born baby.
In addition, breast milk can help your baby to explore different tastes from food you have during the day. And when the baby is introduced to different tastes, he will accept the strange foods more easily, making it convenient for you to introduce him to solid food.
2/ In Term of Support for the Immune System
Breast milk is packed with a significant amount of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory compounds, which are transferred from the mom. Therefore, breast milk helps to enhance and strengthen the immune system and is really effective against infections and chronic diseases.
Formula milk, on the other hand, does not provide any single form of antibiotics. Therefore, it cannot contribute to protect your baby from colds and sickness. Furthermore, some type of formula or in case you donít have access to clean water, can make your baby get sick and increase the risk of getting constipation.
3/ In Term of Cost
As you can clearly see, you donít have to prepare anything to breastfeed your baby while you have to buy a lot of baby bottles and bottle sanitizers, not to mention a huge amount of formula each month.
The only appliance that a breastfeeding mom might need is a pump and some storage bags. However, this appliance only cost for 2 or 3 month supply of formula.
4/ In Term of Convenience
For breastfed baby, whenever he wants the milk, even in the middle of the night, he can have it. It is also much easier for you as you only pull your shirt up and serve.
If you feed your baby with formula, you need to spend a lot of time washing the bottle and preparing the warm water to mix with the formula. All of these activities become a burden in a cold night.
Also imagine that if you need to go out with your baby for a long day, you need to bring formula and bottle with your, making your belongings bulkier.
However, if you opt for formula feeding, you can go out alone for a long day without bringing him with you. Just ask someone to come over and let him eat from a baby bottle.
5/ In Term of Setting Feeding Routine
For most parents, especially new parents, when they breastfeed their baby, they cannot tell if the baby has enough milk or not. Therefore, they end up in over-feeding or under-feeding their baby.
This thing seems to be much easier when your baby is formula feeding. You can easily check how much milk he has for one take and the total milk he has for a whole day.
By feeding your baby the right amount of milk, you can help him to set up a healthier feeding schedule.
6/ In Term of Bonding
Both of these methods can help you to spend quality time with your baby. When you feed him with your breast or from a bottle, remember to switch sides so that he will has chance to develop his sights and his brainís function.
Also try to look into his eyes and talk to him, these things will help to create a valuable quality time with your baby.
7/ In Term of Benefit for Mom
Breast milk can bring a lot of benefits for mom as well. For example, it helps you to lose a lot of calories of about 500 calories per day, which is equal to 4 to 5 kilometers of running.
Furthermore, breastfeeding your baby can help you to reduce the risk of getting cancer.
As you can see both breastfeeding and formula feeding have different pros and cons. The decision for choosing whichever way to feed your baby depends on your personal preference and your lifestyle. However, I cannot stress enough the importance of breastfeed your baby totally for the first 6 months.
I hope that with all of the information I provide, you will make the most informed choice that is beneficial for both of you and your baby.
This is a Guest Post by Alicia Martinez from freshbabygear.com – The place that you can find the advice, tips, guide, the knowledge and experiences about baby care and also help new parents to have a useful and exciting place to learn things about the baby and the best method to take care of them.