Compare breastmilk with formula milk. See which one is right for your baby.
"Breastmilk is the ultimate milk for
babies", you get to hear this statement all the time, everywhere! However,
some mothers still choose to feed their babies with formula over breastmilk.
In some cases personal circumstances may
affect this decision where the mother is unable to breastfeed her baby due to
various reasons and has to go with
formula milk feeding. The inability
to breastfeed could be for reasons that can include medical health reasons,
personal reasons or various other complications. Whereas some mothers just
simply decide not to breastfeed and feed their babies with formula milk
instead. It is the mother's decision at the end of the day. However, in order
to make a good choice whether to breastfeed or formula milk feed your little
one, getting some knowledge about both feeding methods is a good idea.
Both baby feeding methods, breastfeeding and formula milk feeding,
has it's positive and negatives. It depends on you which one you find more
beneficial for your baby and for yourself. Below we explain both methods of
feeding for your little one, mentioning the positives and some negatives for
each method of feeding.
It is perceived as a conventional method of feeding for newborns
and infants. In old days, all parents used to breastfeed their babies as it was
the only feeding option available for newborns. Parents thought it’s the best
option for them for variety of reasons, such as economy, baby’s health and
availability. And these three main reasons are still valid till date.
It is one of the most trusted method for feeding baby. World over
large health maintenance organizations such as WHO and large number of health
practitioners recommend breast feeding to be the best way to get necessary
nutrition for babies. In Australia it is highly recommended to new mothers to
give their babies breast milk at least upto 6 initial months. It can further be
continued as per choice till baby reaches the age of one but some mothers also
like to keep breastfeeding their babies till they become toddlers.
It isperceived that babies who are
fed on mother’s milk develop more immunity against catching diseases and remain
less sick than infants who are not given mother’s milk at least for initial 6
months after birth.
It helps create attachment between mother and the newborn. It
gives them quality time to develop an unconditional love and unbreakable
connection and care for each other.
Since mother’s milk is easily and freely available anywhere,
anytime for the baby, so it makes it more preferred method. Whereas formula
feeding involves a lot of cost and effort such as buying milk expression pumps,
baby milk bottles, best quality formula milk powder ready to drink milk and
even baby bottle cleaning products.
Time and Energy Saver
While your baby is on formula
milk, you have to
keep the formula milk related products clean and keep it ready, as
your baby may need it any time. And definitely you need time and energy to do
it all. Whereas breast milk is always ready to drink that means no need to
As your baby becomes so
addicted tobreastfeeding that whenever
he/she is restless he finds comfort in sucking on milk from his/her mom’s
breast only. It is the most easiest way to calm your baby down. As baby feels
very safe while sleeping in mom’s lap.
Natural source of
Breastfeeding is the best source that provides milk containing
every nutrient that your baby needs to grow and to keep your baby healthy.
Breastfed milk helps improve baby’s digestion. It is observed that
breastfed babies don’t get much digestion issues or any frequent complaints
like tummy-ache or loose motions etc.
It is also observed in some cases that
breastfed babies grow smarter than babies who are kept on formula.
Babies who are given mother’s milk are potentially more stronger
to repel allergies like asthma, food etc.
Good for Premature
Babies who are born premature need more care and energy to recover
and survive. And mother’s milk is supposed to be the best source to help
premature babies grow and stay healthy.
Breastfeeding Positives for Mother
Breastfeeding helps faster reduction of size of uterus to normal.
It helps you reduce your weight faster by burning your extra calories. It is
seen very commonly that breastfeeding mothers start loosing weight very fast (within
a month) than formula feeding moms. Such milk releases a hormone that develops
a longer lasting relationship between you and your baby.
Moreover according to a research, breastfeeding reduces chances of
you getting cancer e.g. breast cancer, ovarian cancer as well as heart
problems, blood pressure and diabetes.
In conclusion it is best for
you and for your baby’s health. You can keep breastfeeding your baby as long as
your health and circumstances permit.
There are also some limitations and disadvantages of breastfeeding:
At early stage you would find
difficult to breastfeed but slowly will learn to manage it.
Despite writing your baby’s
duration of feeding you would feel that your baby is still hungry as there is
no way to confirm the baby's tummy being full.
You are not allowed to take
any antibiotics, or use alcohol or caffeine during the time period when your
baby is on breastfeed. As these all pass to baby through your milk.
Feeding at night
It is really hard to stay up
at night and feed baby whenever he/she needs.
Work and breastfeeding
If you are working woman then it becomes really difficult to leave
Formula feeding is very much
popular in this fast paced society. Where health practitioners recommend
mother’s milk to be the first choice for your baby’s health, the second option
they give is formula feeding. Despite it being an artificial way to provide
necessary nutrients to your baby, many people try to avoid it to begin with.
But avoiding it completely is not possible for many advantages it provides.
Positives of Formula Feeding
First and the biggest reason of using formula milk is that your
baby is not dependent upon your body to get his feed. Anyone from your family
or any hired care taker can make the formula milk after reading the written
instructions and feed it to the baby. It is best for working ladies.
It becomes much easier to see how much your baby needs it and how
much you should give as per baby’s health and weight. Many people top up
formula after breast feeding as baby does not feel satisfied by just having
As your baby feels full now, so he/she sleeps well. And you do not
need to feed him/her very often.
It gives you freedom to enjoy your alcoholic drinks or take any
medicines (antibiotics) in case you need them, as now you baby will not be
affected by it.
Negatives of Formula Feeding
Biggest disadvantage is that
it does not provide same natural nutrients as mother’s milk, which makes it
less protective for baby against any allergies or infections.
Preparing it right
Preparing formula with right quantity and at right temperature is
very necessary as it can be really dangerous otherwise for baby’s health.
Therefore one must be very careful about it.
Time and energy
Keeping the stock of the
relatedproducts such as baby milk
Bottles, formula milk powder and right sized nipples are time and energy
consuming as well as costly.
Keeping baby formula products clean and ready is tiring and time
consuming. Some parents have complained about their babies suffering from
digestion issues due to Formula feeding.
Learn about storing breast
milk in the right way to prevent your baby from starving when you are not
available for the baby. Please see our related articleHow to store
breastmilk the right way?
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