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Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding

Updated on February 26, 2011

Breast Feeding Debate - Is Nursing Great for Your Baby, or Does Formula Have Its Benefits?

Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding

The pros and cons have been published. Science has clearly stated which one is healthier for you and your baby - breastfeeding. The information is out there, but we're not doctors. We're people. We have jobs, we have lives, and little free time. Now, what's your own opinion? Should we be breastfeeding, or should we be formula feeding our children? Which do you do with your baby, and why? Take part in the debate below, give us your side of things, and offer up some hearty opinions and advice!

Photo of baby by Olivier Hodac on flickr.

Breast Feeding vs. Formula Feeding - Nursing or formula - which is better?

The health benefits of breastfeeding have been documented widely, and nursing has made a comeback after years of popularity with formula. However, some Moms can't breastfeed, don't have the time, or their baby may have allergies to real mother's milk. How about you? Which side do you stand on, all things considered?

Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding

$2358.46

The cost of formula for one year.

The Facts About Breastfeeding

Why it makes sense to nurse your baby

There are a lot of benefits of breastfeeding that you should consider if you are on the fence. Of course, consult with your doctor because everyone's case may not be the same, especially if you are going to be on any sort of medications while nursing. Here are just a few of those benefits:

  1. Babies fed breast milk have less chance of infection. It enhances vaccine response, lessens the chance of respiratory illness, and also lessnes the chance of getting Diarrhea.
  2. Protection from allergies. Babies have a lessened chance of getting types of allergies and eczema.
  3. Higher IQ, social development, and cognitive development. Studies have shown an increased IQ and advancement in these areas as opposed to children not fed breastmilk.
  4. A 34% less chance of getting diabetes in their lifetime, according to studies. Also a lessened chance of childhood cancer, Chron's Disease, Hodgkin's Disease, and overall, a more healthy toddler.
  5. You can read more about the advantages of breastfeeding here, where these facts were originally provided.

Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Bottles - Prevents gas and fussiness with its patented air flow technology

Babies get gas when they drink, especially from bottles, but you can help curb some of that gas with the right bottles. Dr. Brown's Natural Flow bottles are designed so that they baby isn't sucking in lots of air when they drink their milk, and it won't upset their tummy as much. It's definitely worth the investment so you baby can be happier, and ultimately you can too!

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Breastfeeding Essentials - These products will make it easier for you to nurse!

Dr. Brown's Deluxe Baby Bottle Warmer
Dr. Brown's Deluxe Baby Bottle Warmer

This bottle warmer is a life saver if you're breast pumping. Leaving the baby with someone else while you're at work? You can still get a steady supply of breastmilk to them with a warmer.

 
Dr. Brown's Microwave Steam Sterilizer
Dr. Brown's Microwave Steam Sterilizer

Sterilize bottles from Dr. Brown's quickly before the next dishwasher cycle.

 
Lansinoh Nursing Pads, 4 Packs of 60 (240 count) Stay Dry Disposable Breast Pads
Lansinoh Nursing Pads, 4 Packs of 60 (240 count) Stay Dry Disposable Breast Pads

No one told you? You'll have to wear pads while nursing to prevent it from leaking through.

 

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These are Perfect to Help with Nursing! - And bottle feedings, for that matter...

Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner - Bare Naked
Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner - Bare Naked

The Boppy pillow is simply a pillow that fits around your torso so you can lay your baby down to nurse or take a bottle. The pillow is comfortable, and can be used until about 6 months of age (at which point they will probably try to sit up to eat a bottle, or may need more headroom than this will provide). In the first six months, this can be a lifesaver, helping to position the baby in just the right way for nursing. It also can be used later to help them learn to sit up on their own!

 

The Highest Rated Baby Formula - Great reviews from moms online

Formula is the next step for babies who are weening from breast milk, or for moms that simply cannot nurse for one reason or another. Here are some of the highest rated formulas online according to moms. With formula, you may find that your baby will have to switch to a "sensitive" formula if they are having indigestion issues. Contact your doctor to see which they recommend for your situation.

Formula Feeding Essentials - If you're formula feeding, these will help a lot!

In the middle of the night, making a bottle can be rough. You have to get the water just the right temperature, and if you haven't premeasured the powder, then you'll be flying around the kitchen making a mess at 3 a.m. These products will make your life a little bit easier:

The Cost of Formula

A Similac Soy "Simple Pac" which is around $28 on Diapers.com will make 26 bottles (6 ounces each). If the average baby drinks around 24 oz per day until the age of one, that's 2,190 six ounce bottles. At around $1.07 per bottle, that's $2358.46 on just formula for a year!

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Thanks for Weighing in on the Breastfeeding vs. Formula Debate! - If you have something else to say about it, say so here!

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    • ChrisDay LM profile image

      ChrisDay LM 7 years ago

      Our daughter finally weaned herself later than most - obviously it was something she needed. I am afraid I see 'formula' as a commercial enterprise, which can however obviously benefit those unfortunate few who, for whatever reason, are unable to go the natural way. Even then, a home-prepared nutritional substitute is possibly better. Humans survived before formula!

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image

      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      I breast fed my daughter for 18 months and she weaned herself. Thumbs up lens and angel blessed!

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