Along with anything, there is cons to why or why not to do something. Formula feeding included. If a mother has been formula feeding their baby for some time and then decides that they want to breastfeed it might be a challenge because the body makes as much milk as the baby has demanded. So the more formula the baby has eaten the less milk the breast will make. Research shows that overfeeding your baby with cow’s milk and formula even in the first week of life can increase the risk of the baby being overweight which increases risks of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The risk for allergies and asthma also increases. Unlike breast milk, cow milk does not contain the immune boosting cells and nutrients that act as a shield against infections. Something to think about is if you leave breast milk on the counter for 30 minutes it will have less bacteria than it started with, and if you did the same to formula the amount of bacteria will have doubled. Unlike breast milk, formula can be contaminated. Cow’s milk formula also costs an extreme amount, averaging $2,000-$5,000 per year. Breast milk is free. All these things should not be deal breakers for choosing how to feed, but should be taken into consideration.
Everyone has heard it before, “Breast is best”. However there are some reasons that many mothers chose to formula feed rather than breastfeed. When parents chose to formula feed their baby, the father can share the responsibility of feeding as well. The father can be able to feed the baby as soon as it is born and first becomes hungry. Also when they return home, they can take turns feeding and it will not always have to be the mother. It becomes a shared task and responsibility. When formula feeding you can measure how much your baby is eating, which you cannot do with breastfeeding. It is not exactly necessary, but many mothers might find satisfaction knowing exactly how many ounces their baby is getting every time they are being fed. While breastfeeding you cannot be on many medicines, so if you are formula feeding you would not have to worry. Even if a mother is told the medicine is safe to be on while breastfeeding they might be hesitant and still worry. An article written on mom.me says that “Yes, it seems like a selfish reason to formula feed. But being able to drink coffee or wine, or take medication when I had pain or eat spicy food when I wanted to, helped me regain my sense of self after having a baby. And that intangible thing—your sense of who you are once you have a child—is important to your happiness and emotional well-being. And those things are at least as important as how you choose to feed your baby.” With that being said, it can ultimately make a mother feel a sense of self. If breastfeeding does not work out for a mother, they should never have to feel bad for choosing to formula feed. “No mother should be made to feel like a bad mother for choosing the method that works best for her.” Formula feeding can allow for quality and bonding time to be spent with the whole family, and not just the baby. With all that being said, as long as the mother is overall happier, the baby will not know the difference and be a happy baby. “ A happy mama makes for a happy baby”.
There is few, but there are cons to breastfeeding. As a mother, you will have less freedom. Yes it sounds selfish, but breastfeeding is like having a job where you are always on call. You have to be available day and night which can get exhausting, but that comes along with being a mother. Especially during the first few months when the baby is feeding every few hours.You have to make many lifestyle choices in addition. Such as the foods in your diet that you might enjoy. Also, if your partner wants to feed the baby they cannot, and might feel left out of that relationship. Breastfeeding can also be painful. There are many common problems such as sore nipples, breast engorgement which can cause it to be hard for the baby to latch on, plugged milk ducts which are small hard lumps in the breast, and mastitis which is swelling or inflammation of the breast tissue. Breastfeeding is not the only option, and does not have to be the only way to do it. Some mothers will actually chose to partially breastfeed while partially formula feeding. Some mothers only pump their milk.
Deciding how to care and raise a baby comes with many decisions and many weighing of options. There is many reasons for people to believe that breastfeeding is the best option by far. A reason for this is that breast milk provides nutrients and protection that cannot be completely received through formula. It contains protein, carbs, fat, vitamins and minerals. Each mother’s milk is made for her own baby and as her baby grows her milk changes to keep up with him/ her. Another key factor about it is that it contains disease preventing antibodies. Colostrum, which is your first milk has early protection and helps prevent harmful bacteria from growing and coating the digestive system’s of babies. Colostrum is pretty much a mother’s milk shield. Considering breast milk is coming from the human body, it is a lot easier for babies to digest than formula. There is also strong evidence that when children breastfeed they score higher on IQ tests. Another reason a lot of mothers opt to breastfeed rather than formula feed is because there’s no temperature it has to be warmed up to because it is always the right temperature, it is always fresh, it is ready right when the baby is hungry, and because you do not have to travel with any bottles or equipment. Also you have an endless supply of milk, as long as the baby is demanding it. In addition, breastfeeding does not only benefit the baby. Research has shown that breastfeeding can provide protection against breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and weak bones. It also will strengthen the bond between a mother and her baby. It helps the baby feel a sense of closeness and comfort. Breast milk plays such a pivotal role in the babies life that it is the only food or drink your baby needs for the first 6 months of life. So not only is it easy on your baby, it is easy on your budget! Now many mothers might think that if they want to go back to work the breastfeeding has to come to an end, but you can express milk by hand or with a breast pump and leave it for the baby to eat later. It can also be frozen. If all that did not seem like enough benefits for not only the baby but the mother too, it also benefits the environment. It is produced without any pollution, unnecessary packaging, or any waste.