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”.