Comparison Between Breastfeeding And Formula Feeding

Comparison Between Breastfeeding And Formula Feeding

Just like buying the best pack and play for toddlers, choosing between breastfeeding and formula feeding is one of the toughest choice that new parent need to be make.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Meaningful Holidays

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This is the first of a series of entries I’ll be writing this month about celebrating the holidays with your family, whether that family was born, chosen, or a little of both.

There’s tremendous pressure on everyone during this time of year, and the essence of the various December holidays gets lost in a jumble of lists, receipts, and a steady parade of obligations. Is it even possible to push back against the forces crying, “Spend! Compete! Consume! Please Everyone!”? I’ll admit that I get caught up in that stuff, too; we are social creatures and following societal standards is normal, but it can also be a hindrance because it can be tough to swim against the tides of peer influence.

Over the next week or two, I’m going to post some ideas to get you thinking about some simple ideas for feeling connected to our families, friends, and communities in meaningful ways, with an eye toward cutting out the B.S. (can I say that on a family-friendly blog? I hope so).

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on some of these topics and I hope to learn from you readers as well. If there’s anything you’d like to see me cover, please chime in and I’ll see what sort of conversations I can start. More soon . . .

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Photo Friday: Halloween in Woodstock, Illinois

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For the Photo Friday shindig over at Delicious Baby.com.

Every year on Halloween, the boys and I head over with friends to the Woodstock Square, located a few blocks from our home. There’s a Halloween costume contest and all the merchants on the Square hand out candy to trick or treaters. Also, as pictured here, there’s often great ghoulish fun at our Opera House on the Square. It’s a great time, though every year as our town’s population increases, it seems to get a little more crowded and chaotic. My guys are so excited about this year; I’m really savoring their enthusiasm about Halloween while I can, because I know soon enough they’ll outgrow it.

At night, we get tons of trick or treaters at our house. My oldest is going to hide on our enclosed front porch dressed as a ghost to scare visitors. My favorite part of the night is making kids who show up without costumes do tricks for their treats. It’s all good-natured, and I end up giving kids who do a treat extra candy.

What’s your favorite part about Halloween? What are your kids going to be? And, most important, how early is too early to start dipping into the candy stash?

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Seasonal Traditions

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I have a confession: I grew up hating fall, because in true Calvin & Hobbes form, it meant the return to school (yuck!). Also, it got dark too early and that meant less time playing outdoors, and I was an outdoorsy kind of kid. It wasn’t until I became an adult and had watched enough seasons come and go that I learned to appreciate autumn. I feel really lucky to live somewhere with four distinct seasons; there’s something to love about each one (though I could do without our summer humidity and mosquitoes!).

The boys call these “Ghost Pumpkins.
The boys call these “Ghost Pumpkins.

Since becoming a mom, I’ve grown to appreciate seasonal shifts even more, since we’ve built family traditions around them, from trips to sledding hills to spring hikes to maple syrup festivals to visits to the local pumpkin patch in search of Jack O’ Lantern pumpkins and to take our annual “kids squinting into the harsh autumn sun” photo.

Here’s one of our early attempts, taken in 2002, when my middle son was just a tiny longshoreman:

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Apparently baby bro was not feelin’ the “grunge baby” look
Apparently baby bro was not feelin’ the “grunge baby” look

Things settled down a bit after the arrival of our third son, which coincided nicely with the arrival of our only frame-worthy pumpkin patch photo so far.

That’s the great thing about family photos; you never know what you’re going to get, and often the silly or accidental results make the best memories.

Some years, the weather doesn’t cooperate:

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Or maybe your kid stubbornly prefers pumpkins of a different shade:

I’m getting da gween one, and dat’s dat!
I’m getting da gween one, and dat’s dat!

Or perhaps there’s slim pickins in your neck of the woods:

That’s what I call a straight-up marketing strategy
That’s what I call a straight-up marketing strategy

No matter what the weather or your kids’ temperaments bring, there’s always something fun or funny to capture as your family heads out to enjoy seasonal fun. In fact, this year I ordered school photos of my offbeat middle child making a purposefully silly face. Why? Because every time he looked at the proof, he’d giggle to himself for minutes at a time. How could I not order a print that would fill the house with that much laughter?

Speaking of laughter, here’s this year’s outtake from the pumpkin patch photo session:

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And here are the two I’d consider “framers,” despite a certain recalcitrant middle son’s tendency to snarl when I press the shutter release

I can never decide which to choose–the one that makes me smile, or laugh. What do you think? I think they’re all framers.

Do you have a hard time capturing those “perfect” family memories? How does your family enjoy celebrating autumn? Share your thoughts, opinions, and links to photos in the comments section.

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Photo Friday: Exploring Our “Back Yard”

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Today’s Photo Friday image was taken almost three years ago during a long weekend trip to Chicago. We live a little over an hour northwest of the city in a quiet rural county, and while we take a couple of day trips there each year, we really enjoy spending a long weekend in the city whenever possible. (In those instances, Priceline is our friend; we’ve snagged 4-star rooms for as little as $40/night–though keep in mind when booking a room that parking downtown usually runs into the mid-30s per night).

On this weekend trip during “spring” break (note the winter coats–leave it to our cold-hardy family would spend spring break exploring a Midwestern city!), we took the kids to several popular Chicago attractions, including: The Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium, and Pizzeria Uno* (where we learned we’d been remiss in raising our kids to enjoy Chicago Style pizza, because the deep dish, buttery crust combo did not appeal to them at all!). Their favorite thing about The Art Institute? The elevators! And their favorite part about the entire trip? A train ride on the El from the Loop to Lincoln Park and back for under $10.

That’s the cool–albeit sometimes frustrating–thing about traveling with kids: what wows you (Uno’s pizza!) won’t necessarily register with them (”Mommy! What’s wrong with dis pizza?”), and they find complete joy in things most grown-ups take for granted. When I was a miserable law student riding the El every day to school and work and back, I’ll admit I enjoyed those train rides but everyone commuting looked so miserable and blah. When I was pregnant with Jackson and working for a nonprofit organization downtown, I used to ride up in the front car like this to keep my nausea at bay. But to my kids? That elevated train ride was magical and exhilarating.

I love how reciprocal the parenting relationship can be; while my husband and I encourage them to explore and appreciate the world around them, but they teach us to remember to experience the simplest of things with joy unfettered by expectations.

Thanks to Deb Dubrow at Delicious Baby for hosting Photo Friday each week.

*Insider Tip: To fully appreciate the Chicago style pizza served up at Uno’s, skip the chains in other cities and even in the Chicago suburbs. There’s no substitute for eating at the original restaurant on Ohio Street, or its sister site a block away at Wabash & Ontario, Pizzeria Due.

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