I have briefly discussed these two topics in my pregnancy blog post but I thought I would get more in-depth on these hot topics.
When I first found out we were pregnant, I knew 100% I was going to breastfeed because it is the best thing for your baby. I was always against formula only because everyone I knew who had babies chose to use for selfish reasons. I completely understand those mothers who want to but just can’t so they have to use formula but if your choosing because of your own selfish reasons I have a problem with you. I won’t sugarcoat it.
Facts about breastfeeding
It‘s an amazing bonding moment for you, and baby, not only does it also prevent infections, allergies, and protect against a number of chronic conditions. Breastfed Babies are less likely to be obese and suffer from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Breastfed babies have fewer infections and hospitalizations than formula-fed infants it‘s also much easier for them to digest than formula-fed babies because breast milk contains lactose, protein (whey and casein), and fat which is why it‘s sometimes called “perfect food.”
The AAP recommends breastfeeding for the first six months of life or if you‘re feeling up to it 12 months, some mothers are even willing to go past that whatever you know is right have a go at it. My doctor repeatedly told me any breastmilk is better than none.
Breastmilk is free you don’t have to pay anything for it whereas formula quickly adds up. You won’t need to be buying bottles unless your pumping and giving it to your baby that way which is fine. You won’t have to worry about last minute trips to the store it‘s always fresh and there at your fingertips.
Latching can become hard and painful but that you clear up within 10 days. Your breast will leak if you are comfortable with breastfeeding in public all the more power to you but if your not you than have to worry about where you‘re feeding your baby. Sore breast, clogged ducts, infections but these can all be avoided if you take precautions. It will be worth it in the long run when your child is happy and healthy.
Facts about Formula
Some formulas provide the alternative to breast milk some contain vitamins that breastfed babies get. Manufacturers have to attempt to duplicate mother’s milk but using sugars and fats that you can’t create at home.So if your using formula sure to get the best one possible. If your breastfeeding and not pumping it can be difficult for someone else to feed your baby and formula causes you the opportunity to do so. This also allows mom to take a break and have someone else bond with baby.The formula takes longer to digest therefore newborn children eat less often.
Once the bottle is made you have one hour to feed and basically dump the rest. The formula doesn’t prevent them from not getting sick like breastmilk can, your not able to receive the best possible nutrients for a baby so there more likely to become ill. You have to always make sure there’s formula on hand to avoid those late night runs to the store as well as cleaning nipples and bottles around the clock. A tremendous problem of all is the cost on average formula can run about $1,500 that’s insane.
With all that being said I ended up doing both, I breastfed my daughter for two months then switched to exclusively pumping until she was six months old. We switched to formula because I was getting stressed out with having to pump so often I simply couldn’t nurse how I wanted to, my milk was also going away and we just felt at the time it was the right thing to do I won’t lie sometimes I wish I would’ve continued to breastfeed till she was a year old but I am happy with six months.I will say formula sucks. It‘s expensive and smells when you get puked on you have to be careful not to leave it out for too long otherwise it goes to waste.
In conclusion, both are fine as long as your doing it for the right reason. Give breastfeeding a try if it doesn’t work remember you at least did it your best. If your a mother who just can’t breastfeed for certain reasons don’t feel bad your doing whats best for your baby and you should be proud.