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For a long time health professionals have advocated the benefits of breastfeeding over formula. To the point where many feel they have it drilled into them that breast is ‘right’ and formula is ‘wrong’. But are there advantages to formula feeding? Many would argue that there are many formula feeding benefits and here we explore 13 of them.
- For a start you know how much milk your little one is getting. Many breastfeeding mothers report anxiety (particularly at the beginning) over whether or not their baby is receiving enough during each feed. With bottle feeding you can see exactly how much your little one has consumed and you can go to sleep content knowing that they are not drifting off with an empty tummy.
- Bottle fed babies need to be fed less often. As formula is not digested as easily as breast milk, most bottle fed babies feel fuller for longer, meaning they need to be fed less frequently. Freeing you up to catch up with that pile of ironing.
- As your little cherub is feeling satiated for longer periods of time, this often means they sleep for longer between feeds. And we all know the advantages of a sleeping baby!
- If you feel in need of a break, one advantage of formula feeding is that you don’t have to do it yourself. Unlike breastfeeding, bottle feeding can be done by anyone. So let Daddy or Grandma take care of the hard work while you go for a bath.
- Studies have also shown that mothers who use formula milk alongside breast milk for the days following birth are more likely to persevere with breastfeeding in the long run.
- And don’t be misled into believing that by not breastfeeding you are missing out on a close connection with your baby. Just like breastfeeding, bottle feeding can create a strong bond and a sense of closeness between the baby and the parent. In fact, formula feeding can help to develop this bond between father and child, something that Daddy would have to miss out on if you were exclusively breast feeding.
- Feeding by formula is also convenient so you don’t stress about pumping before the babysitter arrives.
- Formula milk contains added Vitamin K. Babies who have a difficult delivery, are premature or are born breech are more likely to develop Hemorrhagic Disease of the Newborn. This involves bleeding and can be life threatening. Vitamin K helps the blood clot which can stop HDN from developing.
- Formula milk also contains other vitamins and nutrients that breastfed babies have to get from supplements like Vitamin D.
- Taking care of a little baby during the day can be tiring. When you factor in the night feeds you can be left in a state of utter exhaustion. If you are formula feeding then your partner can take turns with the night feeds, giving you a chance to get a decent nights sleep.
- You don’t have to change your diet. Many breastfeeding mothers try and avoid certain foods to try and appease a windy baby or a little one with colic. With bottle feeding you can eat whatever you like.
- On this thread, if you choose to formula feed then you can have that glass of wine you’ve probably been craving for the past 9 months.
- Finally, you can feed your baby anywhere. Although breastfeeding is a completely natural act and one that is commonly accepted in public these days, many new mothers find doing it when they are out and about quite daunting. Bottle feeding gets rid of these anxieties.
So the next time somebody laments to you the many reasons why ‘breast is best’, remember that for some it is not the most viable option and that there are also a variety of reasons why formula might be of a benefit to both you and your baby.