Breastfeeding versus Formula Feeding

I’m sure you have heard the phrase “breast is better”. To tell you the truth I would have to agree. Right now my daughter is 10 months old and sad to say she has been weening herself for the last couple months. She now only wants to eat when she goes down for a nap or bedtime. I have only made it this long because I would remove her from the distractions around her and go to a quiet room. It helped but she was still a pistol pie at times. I love breast feeding and I’m sure those that use formula love that too. There was a point in time where I was about to give up and go the formula route but I knew I needed to hang in there. The cost of formula didn’t fit our budget.

But here are the reasons for breastfeeding and why I did it with all 3 of my kids until they were almost a year old.

PROS to Breastfeeding

  • It’s FREE
  • Always available
  • It can help prevent SIDS according to American Academy of Pediatrics
  • It contains infection fighting white blood cells. It also contains natural chemicals that give increased protection from infections.
  • It contains the perfect amount of nutrients for your baby
  • It is easy to digest for the baby
  • Midnight feedings are easy. You can go back to sleep while they nurse. “Co Sleeping” I did this. I was able to get more sleep and I enjoyed the snuggles from my little one.
  • It helps create a bond between mother and baby
  • Perfect temp for baby to drink.
  • Breast milk is sweet. Babies LOVE the taste.
  • It may also help prevent allergies in your baby later on.
  • It may also help decrease obesity later on for them.
  • And for one breastfeeding is absolutely awesome for moms IT HELPS YOU LOSE WEIGHT FASTER. So you can get back to you pre-baby weight.
  • Your breast milk may also contain fatty acids that help with brain development. I usually just eat a lot more fish or I take DHA. It awesome for you and your baby.
  • Baby spit up doesn’t stain as much if at all on clothes.
  • The older your baby gets the more it eats and your breast milk will also increase to help satisfy your baby. Just remember these 3 simple words Supply and demand

CONS to Breastfeeding

  • It can be time consuming. You can buy a nursing pillow that you attach around your waist. So you can multitask.
  • Your breasts can hurt when you start breastfeeding
  • If you go back to work you have to pump on your breaks click here for the breastfeeding law. By the way in the state I live. We can breastfeed in public and it is not considered indecent exposure. 🙂 Check with your local state legislation on laws that pertain to breastfeeding. You may be surprised.
  • You can become more exhausted because your body is working extra hard to burn more calories to make breast milk. But hey you are losing that extra baby weight faster.
  • You might have to eat differently if your child is reacting to something you are eating.
  • You can become engorged in the beginning as your breasts are trying to figure out how much milk to make for your little one. Click here to find what to do for relief.
  • Hard to feed your child while traveling. You would have to pump.

Pros for Formula feeding

  • Family member’s and friends can help feed your baby while giving you a break or allowing you to go back to work sooner.
  • You don’t have to deal with engorged breasts
  • You can feed your child anywhere that you have clean water available
  • Your breasts won’t hurt
  • Your baby may sleep longer in-between feedings.
  • You can eat and drink whatever you want

Cons for Formula feeding

  • It’s expensive $25 – $40 a week depending on brand. Total cost a year $1300 – $2080.
  • Night time feedings stink. You have to get up and out of bed and make a bottle.
  • You will have to go out and buy more when you are running low.
  • Your baby has a greater chance of having SIDS.
  • Your baby is more prone to sickness and diseases this includes more prone to ear aches and urine infections.
  • When mixing the formula you can get the mixture wrong making it thin, thick, hot or cold.
  • In studies done children that are formula fed are more likely to be obese at least until age 6.
  • Takes a lot of time to sterilize bottles and equipment used to make bottles.
  • It isn’t as easily digestible and you may have to change formula brand and type several times to find the perfect one for your baby.
  • Formula isn’t perfect. Even though manufactures are constantly changing the formula to be more like mother’s milk. It still isn’t perfect.
  • It tastes gross compared to the sweetness of breast milk
  • Baby spit up from formula fed babies stains clothing a lot easier.
  • Your formula can could be recalled

I know there seems to be more cons to formula than to breast milk. But my take on it is this. In both circumstances whatever you choose to do. In the end you will have to decide what is right and what works well for your family.

Below are links that talk more about the advantages of breastfeeding versus formula feeding. I hope you find them useful.

Family DoctorWeb MD
La Leche League international
Breastfeeding.com

I would love to hear your take on why you chose or are choosing to breastfeed or formula feed over the other. Also feel free to ask questions.

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I'm a wife, a momma, a housekeeper and a penny saving one at that.

Posted on July 10, 2013, in Money Saving Ideas, Pointers and Tips and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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