The Bottle Versus the Breast

Is the bottle feed versus the breastfeed a competition in the baby feeding program?  How competitive is this? This is an examination of the two programs, the bottle and the breast.  Let us briefly examine these, as we aim to ensure baby’s well-being.  It is all about your baby and you.   By the way Dads, are you concerned about your baby’s feeding program?

An Examination of Breastfeeding

A baby who is breastfed has a lot in its favour.  There are so many positives in breastfeeding,  The positives far outweigh the negative.  Why is this so?

  •  This baby’s meal is always ready.
  • The mother is not unnecessarily overworked.  She has no work at all by way of preparing meals.
  • The baby gets quality feed, which is specially designed for it.  The feed is age, species and type perfect.
  • Breastmilk is nutrient packed with disease-fighting elements.  It improves immunity.  Therefore, enhancing positive health outcomes.
  • There is no need for utensils  unless the mother has to express and refrigerate breast milk.
  • The baby feels more bonded to the mother.
  • Breastfeeding enhances the cognitive development of the child.
  • There is no need to make utensils super clean or sterile for baby to get its meal.
  • Breastfeed is economical.  Breastmilk is nature free, $0.00.
  • Most of the  cost goes to paying for nursing bras, for maternity comfort (for women who have the preference to this), breast pumps (if they are used) and storage Baby breast feedingcontainers. Nursing bras usually cost  more than the ordinary bra. After all, the mother would need to wear a very well supporting bra anyhow. Whether she is breastfeeding or doing bottle feeding.
  • Breastfed babies are more attached to their mothers. They cry a lot whenever mommies are not present.
  • Not all mothers feel comfortable in using breast pumps even though it offers much help whenever they have to be away from the child.  In this case some persons have to revert to bottle feeding for the time mother is away from home.  There and then, most time exclusivity is flawed.   This happens because the recommendation is to feed babies with the expressed breastmilk from a clean cup and spoon.  Not everyone has the patience to do this.  Most times the reversion is done because of an impatient caregiver, the Nanny, maybe.  Secondly, sometimes the baby is not yet used to the cup and spoon.
  • Breastfed babies are fed on demand and not by time.  That is at the baby’s requests.

Therefore, the baby gets nature made food, is happy, the mother is happy,  spends more time with the baby and has more cash in hand to spend for other things. An important word of note with respect to bottle feeding and breastfeeding is this:

It is not at all times convenient to be where baby is mother may have to go to work.  Therefore, the best thing to do is to express the breastmilk and keep in in a cooler or the refrigerator.  My recommendation is to get a bottle cooler and while you are at work express the breastmilk and prevent the breast from becoming engorged.  You do not have to suffer the pain from an engorged breast.  Neither do you have to waste the milk by expressing it and have to throw it away.

  • Store the milk in a cooler while you are at work or away from home. Baby will get it properly stored on your return home. You may purchase a bottle cooler for storing the expressed milk.   You may click the Amazon link below to purchase a reasonable and efficient cooler for the expressed milk.

By the way, recently I read that if a  woman consumes quail eggs while in pregnancy the quail eggs strengthen the  pregnant woman, and even after delivery.    The article also stated that it is beneficial to the foetus.  It improves the quality of breastmilk and  enhances  the Intelligent Quotient (IQ) of the child.

What do you think about that? Please tell me what you know about this.  I would like to hear more about this.  If possible let me also hear about the experiences.

One should know however, as stated above, quail eggs or not, breastfeeding has positive effect on a child cognitive development. This then can only be  a case of which the expected base outcome (enhanced cognitive development, by having the baby breast fed) maybe improved by consumption of quail eggs.
There are situations when breastfeeding is not done due to certain circumstances.  For example, when a mother is very ill and is unable to administer breastfeeding to her child.  There is also the case when the mother refuses to do breast feeding for one reason or the other.    Then bottle feeding has to be done.

This, however, does not negate the fact that breastfeeding is the better of the two feeding programs.   You must forgive me to come to such an early conclusion. This happens because of my knowledge, and experience of the subject. Nevertheless, let us continue.

An Examination of Bottle Feeding

Let us now examine bottle feeding.  There are also positives and negative in bottle feeding. See if you are able to identify the negatives from the positives

With bottle-feeding:

  • The meal is not altogether ready made and has to be prepared.
  • The mother has work to do.  She is most times  inconvenienced especially at nights, after a hard day work.  She is also uneasy whenever she has to travel with the baby.  meal preparations are most times done  while travelling.  Therefore, there are unnecessary baggage on these occasions.
  • Formula fed babies are most times fed by the clock.
  • Formula feed is manufactured from other products, mainly cow’s milk. Cows milk is for the calf.
  • Formula feed goes through processes. Processing robs the formula of essential nutrients.  Most times these are replaced by synthetic materials.
  • In preparing formula or bottle feed utensils, bottles and nipples used, have to be specially washed and sterilised. Special care has to be taken because bottle feeding can spread germs.The  bottle is more likely to spread infection.  Most babies five years and under are more prone to diarrhoeal diseases.      Bottle feeding baby
  • Bottlefed babies appear to have “a sense of  independence” earlier than breastfed babies.  This is probably the first visible sign of independence on the part of the babies.  They are able to hold their bottles early.  They are able to feed themselves and take coaching easily and quickly to achieve this. This is about getting their food.
  • Bottlefed babies do not show much of missing their mommies in the way the breastfed babies do.  It must be established however that in formula feeding, there is a sense of psychological freedom for the formula feeding mother because of this.  On the other hand, this is not the same for most breastfeeding mothers.

What is your feeling about this?  Would you because of this and other positives of bottle feeding say that bottle feeding is better than breastfeeding?

Please let me have your comments on this also.

  • Bottle feeding is expensive in comparison to breastfeeding. The average cost for formula for a baby can go to nearly $2000.00 per month.  This will increase as the baby gets older.  Based also on the fact, that the baby may not consume prepared amount, in the interest of food safety each time the baby is fed feed  has to be discarded and fresh amount made when the next feed is required.

If you should ask me to make a choice between breastfeeding and bottle feeding I would say breastfeeding every time. This I would do because of its health outcomes.  It offers immunity, bonding, fosters longevity, better cognitive development for the child, economical, convenient, offers less work in feed preparation and most of all a good feeling that I am offering my child the right feed specially designed for it.

On this I rest my case of the bottle versus the breast.

I would like to hear from you about the breastfeeding versus the bottle feeding.  Please let me have your input to this debate.   Looking forward to your comments.

 

 

Baby Food At Six Months Old

Now the baby is six months old and had been breastfed exclusively all this time. Due consideration continues to be given for baby’s well-being.

Over six months to one year the baby food and nutrition becomes a little more complex than before.  At six months old the baby is now ready to eat.  Let us look at baby’s food at six months old.   The baby needs to eat food from the family pot.

With breastfeeding, everything was readymade and very convenient.  It is now time for the mix. The baby food and nutrition continues to  be as important as before.   The mix includes continuing breast milk along with other foods such as porridge.

Making Baby Porridge

Porridge should be made thick in order that nutrient contents will be maximised for the baby.  Thin porridge is mainly of water.  Porridge can be made with rice, oats, green banana (blended), or other ingredients (cereals).  Expressed breastmilk may be added to the porridge.

What are your views on making baby’s porridge?  Please let me hear from you

If you are a mother who does not breastfeed, a suitable infant formula may be used in the porridge.  Using a formula, baby’s porridge may not need an added sweetener since most formulae are already sweet.  If a sweetener is needed, a small amount of brown sugar may be added. The baby’s food must not be over-sweetened.

How to Feed Baby

Thick porridge may be given to the child two times per day. Remember it will take a little time for the baby to get use to the new food. Therefore, start with one to two tablespoonsful of the porridge and then gradually increase that.

Do not force the baby to eat nor over eat. If the baby is not taking a particular cereal, try other cereals.  Do this until you have established baby’s preference.  Remember individuals have preferences and babies are not different.  Respect this.  Baby eating porridge

Feed baby from a clean cup or dish  and spoon. Nipple bottles are not the ideal utensils to feed babies from. They are not as easy to clean as cups or dish and spoons and they are also not designed to feed the baby thick porridge or other meals.

Feeding baby takes much time and patience.  Do so soberly and gently. It must not be done in a rush.  Baby must feel and understand your joy and love towards him in carrying out this duty.

Fruits and Vegetables

Baby can have fruits and fruit juices.  Fruits, such as mangoes, oranges, ripe bananas, kiwi fruit, among other fruits, may be used for baby to eat. The fruits can be blended or mashed with a fork.

This should be smoothly mixed.  Feed from a clean cup or dish and spoon.   Give the baby one to two tablespoonsful of mashed fruit or fruit juice. Baby will eventually be able to eat a quarter cup to one-half cup of mashed fruit or fruit juice.

Babies can get carrot, pumpkin and potatoes. Cook vegetables.   Mash with a fork or blend them into a thick soup.  Do not water down the soup.  As a matter of fact, you may use the broth in which the vegetables were cooked to mix or blend the vegetables. Nevertheless, make the consistency thick.  There should not be more water than anything else.  Baby must also be fed this from a clean cup or dish and spoon.

Start feeding baby one to two tablespoons of mashed vegetables every day. This will increase as the baby grows.   Can you imagine?  What a way to train the baby to eat fruits and vegetables from the start. A good lifestyle from the start. Baby will grow up to like these.

Be reminded that babies have preferences.  You will eventually know these preferences. Do know that you will need to try more than once to establish these preferences.

Feeding Baby From the Family Pot-Its Benefits

Feeding baby from the family pot has its benefits.

  • It makes baby food preparation easier
  • You are able to make your choice for your baby foodBaby food from family pot
  • Your baby will not have to eat unnecessary additives
  • It is more economical
  • You are better able to prepare it just how baby likes it

 

How to Prepare Baby Food From the Family Pot

Food for the baby from the family pot should be taken out before pepper and pungent seasoning be added.

Mash the food by rubbing it through a clean strainer with a clean spoon or blend it.

Baby should be introduced to one food at a time.  You will then be able to decide on which food baby prefers to eat.

Remove all bones from fish and meat.  Fish and meat should be mashed, cut into small pieces or blended.

Baby food may be softened with expressed breast milk. If you are not a breastfeeding mother use a suitable milk product, gravy or some of the water in which the food was cooked.

Remember always to feed baby from a clean cup or dish and spoon.