Breast vs. Bottle

baby and bottleDeciding between breastfeeding and bottle feeding can be a difficult decision for new mothers. With the constant barrage of free samples and coupons, it may seem easier to simply feed your baby formula. Although there are pros and cons to both methods, experts agree that breast milk is the ideal choice for your baby’s nutrition.

Only about 2% of mothers are unable to breastfeed their children due to medical issues. If you have any concerns, you should consult your baby’s doctor or a lactation consultant. For those mothers who cannot feed their children, formula is an excellent alternative that provides many of the nutrients that newborn babies need.

If you are unsure about what to feed your baby, it is important to learn as much as you can about each side of the decision. Below are some issues to consider before making your choice.

Breastfeeding

Delivers the perfect food for babies. Breast milk contains ideal amounts of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. It also delivers digestive enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and hormones that are important for infants.

Is good for Mom too. Mother’s who breastfeed have a lowered risk of breast cancer and often find it easier to shed those pregnancy pounds. In addition, breastfeeding provides a perfect opportunity to create a powerful and unique bond between mother and child.

Can be much more convenient. Breast milk requires no preparation or sterilization and is always at exactly the right temperature. There is no extra equipment to carry around, and you are always ready to nurse.

Can transfer impurities from mother to child. ANY medications you take may enter the breast milk and affect the baby. It is important to maintain adequate nutrition, drink plenty of water, and get plenty of rest. Also, caffeine should be limited to 300 milligrams (about 3 cups of coffee) per day.

May need to be fed/pumped more frequently. Not only do breast-fed babies usually need to eat more often than bottle-fed babies, but the mother may need to pump breast milk if she is going to be away from the baby.

Bottle Feeding

May be more convenient and allow more flexibility. Now, not only mom can feed the baby; the baby can be fed by anyone, anywhere, at anytime (so long as they have a warm bottle of pre-mixed formula). This also allows mom the ability to be away from her baby in order to go to work, run errands, etc.

Requires preparation. Mom will need to sterilize bottles, sterilize nipples, (find coupons), buy formula, mix formula, and heat formula in order to feed the baby.

Costs more. Even considering money saving coupons, bottle feeding will cost more than breastfeeding, which is free.

Can’t compare in complexity. Formula has improved, but still cannot completely meet the specific nutritional needs of an infant, which change as the baby develops.

It is important to note that switching between breastfeeding and bottle feeding during the first two months of life may cause nipple confusion. Specialists recommend using only one method for these first months, after which most babies adapt to bottle nipples easily.

Once you have settled on one method, you will undoubtedly have more questions, such as “How should I get started?” and “How often should my baby eat? And how often?” You can find answers to these questions and many more in our Nutrition & Feeding section.

What do you think? Breast vs. Bottle

Home > Baby > Nutrition & Feeding > Nutrition Basics > Breast vs. Bottle
More to learn more to love
Everyday extras

Tell us what you think!

8 comments

  1. Avatar of LIZ says:

    I did both baby was very hungry

  2. Avatar of Mary-Hope Mary-Hope says:

    Hoping this time around I’ll be able to breast fed, loss of blood with the last one made my milk dry up before I could start :-(

  3. Avatar of Samantha Samantha says:

    Breast once again with this baby. EBF

  4. Avatar of KEIYONDA KEIYONDA says:

    IM GOING FOR THE BREAST AGAIN WITH THIS BABY. I THINK I WILL DO MUCH BETTER THIS TIME AROUND NOW THAT I KNOW WHAT IM DOING.

  5. i will be breastfeeding & pumping, hopefully i will have no problems

  6. Avatar of MrsPearson MrsPearson says:

    I hope that my supply stay on top this time i think this is going to be a great way to feed my child. Good luck to all you mommies out there!!!

  7. Avatar of Troutman1991 Troutman1991 says:

    will be breast feeding.. and pre pumping and storing the milk for when I have to go back to work..

  8. Avatar of Marina Marina says:

    Planning on breast feeding.

Track your
baby's development

Enter your due date or baby's birth date

Poll Question:

Who is in charge of bath time?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

View Comments

EverydayFamily Daily Sweepstakes
server ip: 127.0.0.1