When your child is born, every mother has a choice: breastfeeding or bottle feeding? Although bottle - feeding or artificial nutrition In recent years, the quality has improved, breastfeeding is still preferable. Breastfeeding is the most natural way to provide your baby with antibodies. Nonetheless, your baby can also grow up healthy if you only bottle-feed. The choice is therefore entirely up to you. Below we give the pros and cons of breastfeeding or bottle feeding.
Benefits of breastfeeding
Benefits for your baby's health
- In breast milk there are many antibodies that protect your baby against diseases.
- Breast milk has a better composition so that your baby suffers less from hard stools.
- The fats in breast milk are good for the development of your baby's brain.
- There are more nutrients in breastfeeding than in artificial foods (such as lime and phosphorus).
- Breast milk always has the right temperature and is always fresh.
- Children who have a predisposition to certain allergies (eg cow's milk) can tolerate breast milk better.
- Breastfeeding reduces the risk of diabetes, MS and obesity later in life
- Your baby benefits from good mouth locomotion and jaw development by making powerful sucking and chewing movements during breastfeeding.
- Drinking from the chest is strenuous for the baby, allowing him or her to sleep deeper.
- It is almost impossible to drink greedily during breastfeeding. For that reason there is hardly any air in the diet and that is better for the digestion and the intestines.
Benefits mother-child bond
- During feeding there is a nice physical contact between mother and child which can be very valuable.
- Breastfeeding provides an intimate bond between mother and child
Benefits for the mother
- Mothers who are breastfeeding have a reduced risk of breast cancer, osteoporosis (bone loss), anemia, iron deficiency and ovarian cancer.
- Thanks to breastfeeding, the recovery of the uterus is accelerated.
- It is possible that the blood loss after delivery is less.
- Mothers burn an average of 500 kilocalories extra when they are breastfeeding, so there is a big chance that you will be up to weight sooner.
There are mothers who are feeling guilty about bottle feeding give and have heard that you would be a bad mother! This is of course not true, it is about you and your partner choosing a type of diet that suits you where you feel good! Your baby also feels that something is nice and nice or gives tension!
Practical drawbacks of breastfeeding
- Your body is mainly engaged in milk production and feeding. Or you have to breastfeed or you have to pump and in between you are pretty tired. So you can not do what you want.
- You can not feed your baby anytime and anywhere.
- With work it can be difficult to plan the feeds or pumping well.
- If you have given too little mother's milk to, for example, the nursery, you have no alternative.
It happens (unfortunately) that mothers get stinging, breast infections, nipple blisters or nipple gaps by breastfeeding. In that case the doctor can advise you to switch to bottle feeding.
Disadvantages for your baby
- Your baby may respond earlier to food for which he or she is sensitive that enters via breast milk.
- Your baby gets less iron through breast milk than through bottle feeding. However, this does not actually have any consequences as your baby gets enough iron at birth for half a year.
- It is possible that there are very small quantities of PCBs and dioxins in breast milk, these are dangerous substances.
Benefits of bottle feeding
- Bottle feeding can be given anytime and anywhere by everyone. As a mother you also have your own body 'back' and you are not guided by power supplies.
- Babies often sleep faster when they are bottle-fed.
- In bottle feeding you can measure exactly how much food your baby receives.
Disadvantages bottle feeding
- Nutrition does not contain any antibodies.
- Bottle feeding is much more expensive than breastfeeding (because that is of course 'free').
- You always have to get up to prepare the bottle.
- Babies sometimes have a tendency to drink generously with bottle-feeding, which means they get a lot of air. This can cause colic.
- There is a (small) chance that your baby is hypersensitive to cow's milk. This manifests itself in persistent colic cramps. Here you come as a parent after a while. Keep an eye on your baby. If he or she has a lot of cramps (read the symptoms in our blog about colic) it can help to switch to hypoallergenic nutrition.
Breastfeeding or bottle-feeding? What do you choose?
If you have the opportunity to choose, after reading the pros and cons, what are you going for? Breastfeeding or bottle-feeding? Let us know what is the deciding factor for you.