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Dilemma: To Bottle Feed or Breastfeed

Expect a baby? You must be in a state of happiness, but be confused with a variety of options. One of the most difficult decisions you need to make: Bottle feeding or Breastfeeding? Despite all the information that is in the good and the bad, the final decision is yours. What is right for others may not be right for you.

Here's how to make your decision.

A strong case for breastfeeding

Most pediatric specialists recommend breast milk as the perfect food for the baby and it is essential for the first six months. It's easy to digest. It contains antibodies against unique diseases, exclusive mixtures of nutrients, hormones and enzymes that promote growth and development.

Breast milk is maintained at the right temperature, available at all times and also safe and sterile. Breastfeeding offers protection against some allergies and diseases. There is more physical contact with the baby during breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding also benefits the mother. It helps shrink your uterus to normal size, burn calories and help lose weight, and is known to reduce the risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer. Breastfeeding exclusively for up to six months is also an effective contraceptive method.

And yes, breast milk is your baby's first choice.

Breastfeeding: Flip section

Breastfeeding requires a lot of patience and determination not to mention a lot of the time. If you want to get back to work, breastfeeding may not be practical.

Breastfeeding mothers should avoid alcohol, smoke and limit caffeine use. She also needs to watch what she eats until she feeds.

You should not be on a diet while you are breastfeeding. Breastfeeding also limits the variety of clothing you can wear. This can be a bit frustrating especially if you are waiting to shed the pregnant pounds and return to the bikini and tube section.

Nursing is not recommended for mothers with certain medical conditions or specific medications.

In favor of bottle feeding

Bottle feeding or formula milk can be a good alternative to breastfeeding, especially for breastfeeding mothers for any reason.

The commercially available infant formula is manufactured under sterile conditions and attempts to reproduce human milk with complex ingredients.

Bottle feeding provides a lot of convenience and flexibility. Both the couple (the father does not feel left out) and the caretaker can feed the baby, giving the mother a much-needed time.

Mothers do not have to worry about what they eat or drink if they do not breastfeed their baby.

Bottle Contraindications

Bottles and nipples need to be thoroughly washed and sterilized during the first few months as they can send germs to the baby. The feed should be maintained at the correct temperature. Providing a formula for babies who crawl three times in the middle of the night can be demanding.

Also, babies are given formula that does not have the natural protection provided by breast milk.

Feeding bottles have more gas, more tooth decay and more digestive problems and a greater risk of becoming obese later.

Nutrition of an exclusive formula can also be expensive.

Does the combo work for me?

If you really want to feed milk but can't do enough time for it, you don't have to feel guilty. Where there is a will there is a way.

You can take a nursing leave from work if possible. Packing breast milk and keeping it for your baby is another option. This "breast in the bottle" method offers the best of both worlds.

Alternatively, you can choose to eat a combination, where you feed your baby when you are with him and he is another feed formula.

Whichever way you choose, feeding a bottle or breastfeeding, feeding your baby is not just nourishing. This is an opportunity for you and your baby to develop physical and emotional bonds. Let her enjoy the warm veil as you eat her and watch her bask in full stomach satisfaction.


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