Breastfeeding vs. Bottle-feeding
Now you’re a mother for the first time. You face many new problems, many inquiries fill your head, and many decisions have to be taken. One of the biggest decisions you’ve to take is whether to choose breastfeeding or bottle feeding. But, don’t worry. We got your back as usual, and we’ll help you decide.
Why to breast feed your baby?
Choosing the best feeding method for you baby goes back to the mother’s preference. However, most medical communities highly recommend breastfeeding, especially for newly born babies. They even call it the “perfect food” for babies.
1. It strengthens your baby’s immune system.
A new born baby’s immune system is usually weak. However, mother’s breast milk strengthens the baby’s immune system and protects him/ her from getting many infections, such as allergies, asthma, diabetes, obesity, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
2. It contains all what your baby needs
Unlike formula milk, researches assure that the mother’s milk includes all vitamins and minerals that a baby may need except for vitamin D. So, it’s advisable to give your baby vitamin D supplement in their first 2 months.
3. It’s beneficial for the mom, too.
Breastfeeding can lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes, ovarian and breast cancers, and heart disease. And, most importantly, it burns calories! It’s proven that mothers who choose breastfeeding can go to their pre-pregnancy shape quickly! Although breastfeeding is a great and advantageous option, you have to bear in mind that this choice requires you to be available for your baby all the time, or provide pumped milk if you’re absent.
When to use bottle-feeding?
Although it seems that breast feeding is the ideal solution, some cases require bottle-feeding.
1. Medical issues
If the mother suffers from chronic illnesses, or breast surgeries, breastfeeding won’t be the best option. Also, if the mother is underweight, she won’t be able to provide the baby with enough milk.
2. And finally, take care of your children
If you have to go back to work ASAP, or if you have any other obligation that will keep you absent for a long time, don’t go for breastfeeding.
3. Having more than one baby
If you have twins or triplets, bottle feeding will make it easier for you to feed them all at the same time with the help of your partner. It’s a good choice here, especially if you suffer from any health problem.
Finally, feeding your baby is a very special experience that will create an unbreakable bond between you and your baby. No matter what method you choose, try always to enjoy it.