Breastfeeding vs. Bottle feeding
Only if babies came with a “Parenting for Dummies” manual, things would be much easier. Children come into this world completely helpless, depending solely on their parents to care for and nurture them. Every parent want what is best for their children. From the time a mother finds out that she is pregnant, planning and decision making is done to prepare for a healthy baby. One of the most difficult decisions a parent makes is whether to breast or bottle feed their newborn. Decisions are made either by relying on natural choices and nutritional facts or advice from Pediatricians and infant formula manufacturers. Understanding that breastfeeding is the most beneficial source of nutrients for the newborn, it is not always an option for mother’s. In my opinion, bottle feeding is a great choice for feeding your newborn. It’s convenient and provides great nutrients for the baby, anyone can help with feeding, and most importantly moms can resume “normal” life sooner.
The most important advantage of breast feeding is that the breast milk contains antibodies, which will strengthen the baby’s immune system. The milk helps fight against infections, reduces diarrhea, ear infections, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. (SIDS) I am in agreeance that breast milk has benefits that formula has not yet been able to provide. however, infant formula has some advantages like prebiotics to help support immune functions. It also contains omega 3 fatty acids, like breast milk, to support brain and eye development. Formulas even offer some nutrients that breastfed babies may need to get from supplements, such as Vitamin D. Today’s formulas are closer to breast milk than ever before.
Choosing to formula feed is a great choice for the entire family because everyone will have the chance to bond with the baby at feeding time. This allows the mother more flexibility, especially if work or other children are demanding her attention. The...