Pros to formula feeding

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”.

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