Breastfeeding And Formula Feeding: The Good And Bad Of Both

Everything has a good and a bad side. Breast milk is often called as liquid gold due to its nutritional value that is incomparable to any formula milk formulated. Formula milk, on the other hand, is made from cow’s milk, which is pasteurized and formulated to be suitable for human consumption. In this article, you will learn about the good and bad sides of both.

Bottle feeding VS breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding: The Good

For the Baby:

1. All Natural
There is no more natural than a breast milk. As formula advertisements said, “Breast milk is still the best for babies two years and beyond.”
2. Lower SIDS Rate
Breastfeeding reduces the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome by half.
3. Longer Protection
Breastfed babies have longer health protection as they are less likely to have some serious diseases such as Type I Diabetes and Crohn’s disease.
4. Lessen the Risk of Early Childhood Cancer
5. Healthier Baby
6. Less Weight Problems
Breastfed babies have a very low chance of being obese.
7. Better Antibody Response to Vaccines
Breastfed babies have more effective vaccines due to a better response of antibodies. Did you know that a mother’s breast milk can release antibodies depending on the demands of the baby?
8. Skin to Skin Contact
9. Delay Asthma and Allergy Symptoms
Asthma and allergies can be delayed or even prevented by breastfeeding. This is only applicable if you have a family history of asthma or allergies.
10. Smarter Analysis
Breastfed babies have higher analytic capability due to the nutritional value breast milk contains.

a mom breastfeeding a baby

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For the Mother:

1. Stronger Bones
During pregnancy and lactation, the mother’s bones absorb more calcium more than a regular day so this will lead to a healthier bone.
2. Natural Calories Sweeper
A breastfeeding mother doesn’t need to worry about calories and baby weight as breastfeeding can help the mother lose unwanted calories.
3. Faster Post-delivery Recovery
Due to the love hormones, which is known as Oxytocin, the mother will recover fast from delivery.
4. Lessen the Risks of Ovarian Cancer and Premenopausal Breast Cancer
5. Bring Beauty and Confidence
Breastfeeding mothers have a different kind of glow and confidence within themselves. They are also confident enough to think that through their breast milk, their baby is growing well.
6. No Menstruation for the First 6 Months
If a mother is exclusively breastfeeding a baby- no vitamins, no supplements and of course, no water, then the first menstruation day would be after six months. Bye to PMS for six months.
7. Safe Sex for the First 6 Months
Yes, it is as long as #6 is valid in your case.
8. Easy, No Messy
No bottles to clean, no formula to prepare, no water to boil, no bag to carry- easy, no messy!
9. Cost-efficient
No need to buy expensive cans of formula milk, bottles, and water, can save from buying menstrual pads, and more money for the mother’s lactating vitamins and goodies!
10. Build Up Stash for Emergency or For Sharing
As early as six weeks, a mother can build up a stash for emergency and for donations too! A breastfeeding mother can help too with the breast milk they produce.

Breastfeeding: The Bad

For the Baby:

1. Skinnier Body
You will notice many breastfeed babies to be skinny when they have their first birthday, but actually, this isn’t a problem as long as their weight and height are still on track.
2. Hard to Wean
Yes, they are.
3. Feeding is Immeasurable

For the Mother:

1. Lesser Time for Chores
You can’t get your laundry done in just a couple of hours.
2. Lesser Time to Go Out
You can’t go out easily or go out for just a couple of minutes or for at most 2 hours and leave a stash.
3. Lesser Intimate Time with the Husband
You can make a solution for this!
4. Public Feeding, People Get Crazy With It
Yes, public feeding can be the worst but thanks to nursing tops and covers- you can still overcome this.
5. You Have To Watch What You Eat
This is just for rare conditions, and you need to observe what food might trigger.
6. Pains, Mastitis, Clogged Ducts
Every breastfeed mother knows the struggles, and everyone will say, “It’s all worth it.”
7. Under or Over Supply
You can fall into either of the two above, sometimes, you may notice that your breasts aren’t the same size as the other.
8. Breastfeeding Isn’t Allowed to Some Rare Cases
There are only cases that breastfeeding isn’t allowed such as the mother is undergoing a medical condition for a couple of time, but some of what you heard are just probably myths.
9. Pump and Pump, If Working
Pumping can be very exhausting, especially if your workplace doesn’t have the proper lactating room for that.

Formula Feeding: The Good

For the Baby:

1. Alternative Milk for Breast milk
Breast milk contains at least 300 beneficial ingredients while formula milk has around 30. Do you think is it a good alternative? Although it is not sufficient, most mothers resort on formula.
2. No More Under Supply Issues
Because of its availability, no need to worry for under supply issues.
3. Fat Baby
Formula-fed babies are fat babies; this can be good for smaller babies, but as they aged, this can also be bad.

For the Mother:

1. Less Embarrassed to feed in Public
Yes, no more nips slip.
2. Daddy Can Feed the Baby
Anyone can.
3. Mommy Can Go Anywhere, Anytime
You can have a “me” time anytime you want.
4. Mommy Can Work Freely
No need to worry if the stash is sufficient, no more leaking boobs, and no more pumping at the office.
5. Less in Demand
You can time the feeding.
6. Feeding is Measurable
You can check how much milk is the baby feeding and can adjust depending on the demand.
7. Accessorizing Bottle Can Be Fun
8. Active Sex Life
9. No Worries With What You Eat
10. Less Frustrating and Gives You Time Out

Formula Feeding: The Bad

For the Baby:

1. Prone to Obesity and Diabetes
2. Early Signs of Asthma

Formula-fed babies can have early signs of asthma, as early as birth, especially if have a strong family history.
3. Development of Allergies
Cow’s milk allergy is one of the allergies that can be developed by consuming formula milk.
4. Lack Nutrition
As stated earlier, breast milk composed of at least 300 beneficial ingredients while formula has only around 30.
5. Diarrhea or Constipation
A formula-fed baby can suffer from either of the two, depending on the milk intake, there are also some babies that suffer from Amebiasis due to contaminated water used.

For the Mother:

1. Less Bonding to the Baby
2. Expensive

Formula cans, bottles, cleaners, more diapers, etc.
3. More to Clean
Bottles, milk containers, water containers, etc.
4. More to Carry
A huge bottle and formula bag.
5. Inconvenient During Night Feeding
Who’s going to prepare during midnight- mommy or daddy?!
6. Won’t Help Take Off Baby Weight
7. Doesn’t Help With Post-Partum Issues
8. Wrong Mixture or Formula

Take some time to study the different types of formula such as HA and Lactose-free.
9. Needs Water
More expense and more time for boiling.
10. Might Need a Pacifier to Substitute
Most formula-fed babies need pacifiers too to soothe up hunger and fuzziness, but it also has some bad side effects.

If you weigh in your options properly, you’ll be able to choose the best thing for your child and you. Of course, there are no rules that state you can’t use both, so do what you think is fit.

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