Breast-Feeding Benefits Vs Bottle

Breast-feeding benefits vs bottle. Both are equally okay for the child and it is really a matter of preference. The most important thing is to bond with your child during that time of feeding.

Many times one of the first questions a new mother will be asked is: How do you plan to feed your baby?

Breast-feeding is the simplest method, and many women believe that both mother and child get more of an emotional satisfaction from it. Another obvious benefit would be that it is less expensive.

Almost any healthy woman who wants to breast feed her baby can. All she really needs is the desire and the motivation. No special preparation is needed, except maybe some breast stimulation from time to time.

There are, however, a variety of different reasons that might make it necessary to go from breast feeding to bottle-feeding. Breast-feeding may be discontinued at anytime. Some mothers may feel a sense of frustration or even failure at being unable to continue having that intimate relationship. However, no harm will come to the baby in having to switch to formula. Once started on formula, it may become difficult to go back to breast feeding on a regular basis.

When a mother first starts to breastfeed, she may be worried that she will not have enough milk for the baby. Her breasts are just starting to fill up with a creamy, yellowish substance that is called colostrum. The regular breast milk will not come in for three to five days.

Sometimes this can take longer. Colostrum contains more protein and less fat than regular breast milk. Secretions of colostrum are generally small, but during this time the baby does not need much fluid. The colostrum will provide for adequate nutrition.

It is actually very important that the milk does not fill the breasts right away. If it did, it would cause the breasts to become too large (engorged). This would make it difficult for the baby to suck well enough to empty them out.

If you do not have enough milk for the first few days, you should not worry about it. Let the baby suck from your breasts from three to ten minutes. Start with three minutes (each breast) for the first day, five minutes on the second, and work your way up gradually to twenty minutes. This will help you to get accustomed to the baby's feedings.

Make sure that you are using both breasts. It is through the breasts being emptied that an adequate amount of milk is supplied. It is also a good idea to alternate breast starts on each feed. If you start with the left breast on one feed, start with the right breast on the next.

It would be a good idea to put your baby on a modified demand schedule of feeding. You do not need to be a clock-watcher and feed the baby every four hours. Sometimes you may need to feed after only two hours and sometimes you can go as long as five.

Many new parents will choose not to breast feed, but to bottle feed instead. Both methods provide the same basic nutritional requirements.

If one type of formula does not agree with your baby, it will not help to put them on a similar formula, as its ingredients are likely to be the same. You must change to a totally different kind, for example, one using no milk or no carbohydrates at all. It is, however, up to your baby's physician to make these changes.

As to the question of how much formula should be given at a feeding, let your baby be your guide. If they are satisfied after two ounces, then they are probably getting enough. If the baby wants three or four ounces, then give it to them. The amounts are not important as long as the doctor says the baby's health is good.

The most important thing to remember about feeding is, whether the breast or the bottle, you must give your baby the warmth, love, and body contact that they need. As you feed, you must not only provide nutrition for the growing body, but emotional and mental food for their developing personalities.

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