Breastfeeding Vs Bottle Feeding

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During pregnancy, mothers are often faced with the personal decision of whether they should breastfeed or formula-feed their newborn. This paper discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each feeding method. The purpose of this paper is not to shame a mother for the feeding method she chooses, but instead to provide understanding into the reasons why a mother may choose breastfeeding over formula-feeding. A commonly asked question is: “Is breast really best?” There is no right or wrong choice, just the best choice for mom and baby.

Breastfeeding Breastfeeding is a natural process where an infant receives milk from their mother’s breast. Nursing is typically done with the infant having direct contact to the breast. However,
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The most obvious financial benefit of breastfeeding is the cost. Breastmilk is free and it is always ready when the baby is ready. The cost of formula, pumps, nipples, and bottles add up very quickly. Breastfeeding saves a family approximately $1500 a year (Wiley, 2015, p.145). However, a breastfeeding mother will need bottles, nursing bras/pads, and a breast pump when they go back to work and place their child in daycare. Some employers have a space set aside for breastfeeding mothers so they can pump and continue working. Although every employer is not willing to do that, it leads to less time off because breastfed babies are less likely to get…show more content…
Breastfeeding is accomplished right away for some mothers, but for some it takes a while and a lot of patience. Initially, mothers may experience a lot of personal discomfort when they start their breastfeeding experience. With a lot of patience, education, support, and practice, new mothers can overcome discomfort. While breastfeeding is a wonderful experience, it is also very time-consuming. “Breastfeeding requires a huge time commitment from mothers, especially in the beginning, when babies feed often. A breastfeeding schedule or the need to pump breast milk during the day can make it harder for some moms to work, run errands, or travel” (Ben-Joseph, 2015). Unless a mother pumps and relinquishes her feeding duties, she may become irritated and exhausted, and waver from breastfeeding because of the time and dedication it requires. This in turn may cause her to be resentful towards her family, spouse, and even her baby. Another disadvantage of breastfeeding is that unless you feed a baby breastmilk through a bottle, there is no guaranteed way of measuring how much they are eating. Breastmilk digests a lot quicker than formula, so breastfed babies eat more frequently. This may cause a mother to worry that her baby is not getting enough to eat. A painful disadvantage of breastfeeding is that the mother may develop mastitis: an infection of the breast tissue that results in breast pain,
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