FIRST OF ALL…. this whole blog post is PURELY my opinion and thoughts. My opinion isn’t necessarily right or wrong. Please don’t read this and let it completely influence your decision on breast feeding. This post is about the research I’ve done, my personal thoughts towards it and what my decision is!!!!! I’m no way judging other mothers/to bes on their decision, the decision to breastfeed is SO personal and everyone feels differently towards it!!! And I’m not saying my end decision is the best decision but it is MY decision.
Ok so these are the arguments for & against breast feeding and bottle feeding (breast milk in bottle and formula)
Breast-feeding is good for both mom’s and baby’s health. It’s also a special time that allows you to bond emotionally.
- Pumps, bottles, formula, and other bottle-feeding products can be costly. Breast-feeding is free.
- Breast milk doesn’t require any prep work. It’s ready when your baby is ready.
Boost for Baby
- breast milk has all the nutrients your baby needs to grow and stay healthy
- promotes a healthy digestive system: breast-fed babies are less likely to have diarrhea and upset stomach
- strengthens baby’s immune system: breast milk helps protect against ear infections, pneumonia, bacterial, and viral infections
- might boost IQ: some research suggests that breast-fed babies may have a somewhat higher IQ than formula-fed babies
- may help prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- potentially protects against conditions like asthma, allergies, diabetes, and obesity
- good for development in premature babies
Good for Mom
- helps your uterus get back to pre-pregnancy size faster
- burns extra calories that can lead to weight loss
- keeps your period from returning, which can prevent an iron deficiency after giving birth
- allows your body to release hormones that help you bond with your baby
- reduces your risk of getting breast cancer, ovarian cancer, heart disease, and diabetes
Although breast-feeding is healthy for you and your baby, it can also come with challenges.
- You may feel discomfort, particularly during the first few feedings.
- There isn’t a way to measure how much your baby is eating.
- You’ll need to watch your medication use, caffeine, and alcohol intake. Some things that go into your body are passed to the baby through your milk.
- Newborns eat frequently. Keeping up with a feeding schedule may be difficult if you need to return to work or run errands.
Bottle-feeding can mean either feeding your baby breast milk from a bottle, or using a formula. Breast milk given from a bottle still has the same nutrients, but gives you more flexibility because the baby isn’t only relying on your body for food.
Formula is manufactured, and while it’s regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and does contain lots of nutrients, it’s still not a perfect match for breast milk made by a woman’s body.
- A family member or caretaker can feed your baby when you aren’t able to be there.
- You can see how much your baby is eating at each feeding.
- Babies eating formula don’t need to eat as often as breast-fed babies.
- Fathers, siblings, and other family members get the chance to bond with the baby during feeding time.
- Mothers using formula don’t need to worry about how their diet will affect the baby.
- Formula doesn’t provide the same protection against infections as breast milk.
- You need to mix and prepare formula to make sure it’s the correct temperature.
- Bottles, formula, rubber nipples, and breast pumps can be expensive.
- Formula can cause digestive trouble like constipation and gas.
OKAY!!! Lotssssss of info!!!!!!
So my initial thoughts are that I would always breast feed. There are a significant amount of Pros for it & I think its the most beautiful natural thing in the world. I honestly can’t wait for that bond with my baby. Formula is just as healthy for the baby however. Sooooooooooooooo..
I’ve decided I’m going to go for breast feeding. Sometimes women can’t for medical reasons or they just don’t get on with it at all due to pain or not liking the feeding schedule. But it is something I’m going to try and give a go. Im not going to get my heart absolutely set on it because if for whatever reason I can’t breast feed my baby I don’t want to feel like a disappointment. In an ideal world, id like to breast feed for 6 months… After about a month I want to start expressing my milk for baby and bottle feed. This is purely for flexibility and so other people can feed and bond with baby that way. I still want that bond though so thats why i will continue breast feeding for 6 months even when expressing. Also i like the thought of knowing exactly how much baby is being fed and being able to monitor that. I am planning to move onto formula eventually as well, I have bought a perfect prep machine so il be ready to whenever i choose to and whenever i feel is the right time for me. I can’t wait to have that bond with my baby and it amazes me that you’re actually feeding your child!!! You’re all he needs in the world and I love that! Im hoping its possible and i can but if not, going straight to formula does not bother me at all, there are plenty of other ways to bond with baby!!! I think the choice is SO personal, and i hate how pushy people can be. Ive heard stories of how pushy midwives can be and pressuring mothers to breast feed. I think it is purely the mothers choice, it is her child and she will do whats best for her baby. Therefore I think its so important to think about it fully before you give birth so you have a clear mind on what you want so you don’t get pushed into something, it is something i have included in my birth plan. I think every mother is different and there is no right answer when it comes to this- health care professionals can advise but at the end of the day its down to the mother. BUT all this could change anyway! Like i said this is my preference but my heart isn’t set on it! I could breast feed for 12 months, i could breast feed for a week. It all depends on how i get on!
If anyone fancies a chat about breast feeding or anything really then don’t be afraid to drop me a message!
32 weeks bump date is coming this week!!!! …… and i have DROPPED!!!!!! Literally dropped over night! I could feel it happening one evening and then over night IT HAPPENED! Woke up so low & stretch marks at bottom of bump where its dropped! He’s getting ready for his arrival! How exciting!!!!!!!!!!!! However, even walking 10 metres is extremely uncomfortable now but il talk about it more in this weeks bump date!
Lots of love,
Daisy Jane x