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 containers. 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
- 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.
- 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.