There are advantages and disadvantages to both breastfeeding and bottle-feeding. Ultimately the decision should be made by the parents. The following table outlines several of the issues that need to be considered when making the decision on whether to breastfeed, bottle-feed, or a combination of the two.
The American Pregnancy Association recommends breastfeeding for most families. If you have questions about breastfeeding, are struggling with your breastfeeding relationship or are not sure what is really best for your baby, please dont hessitate to contact a lactation consultant. Find a Lactation Consultant.
|Perfect balance of nutrients||Not as efficiently utilized as breast milk|
|Contains high levels of nutrients||Nutritional content depends on proper preparation|
|Easily digested and absorbed||Some babies have difficulty tolerating certain nutrients|
|Content varies according to milk production stage, which meets the changing nutritional requirements||Pediatrician/care-giver determines amount|
|Infant determines amount|
|Free||Formula ranges from $54 to $198 per month depending on brand|
|Nursing pads, nursing bras, etc.||Bottles, nipples, etc.|
|Breast pump (optional)|
|Always the perfect temperature||Anyone can feed the baby|
|No preparation time|
|Milk is readily available at any time and any place|
|Mother must be available for feeding or to provide pumped milk if she is absent||Warming formula|
|Mother must pump if feeding is missed||Preparation time varies|
|Early breastfeeding may be uncomfortable||Baby may not tolerate formula well|
|Certain medications can interrupt breastfeeding||Always have to carry bottles, formula/mixing items with you|
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Information compiled from Olds, London, Ladewig’s Maternal Newborn Nursing