Breast Milk or Formula – Which One Should You Choose?

As many of you may know, there is a clear split between those who say that breast milk is ideal and those that argue for formula instead. Sometimes women are actually unable to breastfeed their babies, which requires them to use formula, when they may have wished to breastfeed instead. Or, there are instances where women are not producing enough milk in order to exclusively nurse their baby and therefore switch off between breastfeeding and formula. Yet, for those of you that have the option, here are a few things to consider that may help you choose which route is best for you and your baby.

Breast Feeding Can Help With Your Baby’s Health

Breast milk is made up of vitamins and nutrients that are essential to your baby’s health. It is the natural food for your baby, full of protein, calories, fat, and vitamins. Also, when breastfeeding, the mother will actually pass on antibodies to her baby that will help make the baby stronger and more able to resist disease. For example, it can help the baby fight off an infection. Also, studies show that, generally, breast fed babies are healthier than those that were bottle fed with formula.

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Breast Feeding Can Help Build A Bond With Your Baby

Along with the nutrients, breast feeding is a way to bond with your new baby. While you will get to spend plenty of time with your little one with a bottle in your hand, breast feeding makes that bond even stronger as you are producing the food for your baby.

Formula Is An Option, and A Popular Choice

Did you know that only about 28 percent of American women breastfeed for the entire year? This is because women are working and they do not have the time to take out of their busy schedules to stop and pump milk for their babies. Also, companies that create formula, have created it so that it is a great alternative to breastfeeding. There are plenty of vitamins and nutrients in formula so that it is very similar to breastfeeding. Your baby will be just as healthy being bottle fed as he or she would be breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Has Negative Stigmas Associated

Breastfeeding has for sometime been somewhat “shunned” by our society, where it is not acceptable in society. You are expected to breastfeed your baby in a private room somewhere where no one can see you and if you do have to do it in a public setting, you best be sure to have a large towel or blanket to hide yourself—or someone may freak. While this is changing somewhat in some areas, it is still a social no-no, which means that if you want to breastfeed, you’re going to have to sacrifice a bit of your social life.

At the end of the day, only you can choose what is best for your specific circumstances. If you want to breastfeed—do it! If you don’t—use formula! If you want to do a little of both—feel free!

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