What are the advantages and disadvantages of breastfeeding?

You will be dealing with a lot right now if you’re child’s at an age when breastfeeding is an option so don’t make an impulsive decision and then feel you need to stick with it as there are advantages and disadvantages of breastfeeding.

Advantages of breastfeeding

The nutritional advantages are significant so you can’t dismiss the notion of breastfeeding without really careful consideration. Breast milk contains antibodies that fight infections so breastfeed kids are said to develop less chronic infections. Breast milk is high in cholesterol too. This helps the brain to grow and it provides the little one with vitamin D as well as the building blocks for hormones. Of course it’s also the least expensive way of feeding the little one, even though the mother must invest some cash in vitamins and mineral supplements as well as good nutrition.

Disadvantages of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding really is the best way but there are some disadvantages. The major issue with breastfeeding is that you don’t know how much milk your little one’s consumed. It’s unusual for mothers not to produce enough milk for their child but it’s not uncommon for a child to inefficiently suckle on the mother and therefore not consume enough milk. There are social issues as well, like the father and siblings feeling left out of the whole process but they can be appeased by giving them other jobs to do with the new arrival.

Advantages of bottle feeding

As you’d expect from reading the earlier part of the post, the biggest advantage of bottle feeding is knowing how much your child’s drank. Bottle-fed babies tend to eat less often than those breastfed so there’s less stress on the other. Of course, the duty of feeding the child can be shared with the father and any siblings which brings them closer to the child.

Disadvantages of bottle feeding

Babies that are formula fed may develop allergies to a particular formula. This can lead to irritability and crying after each fed. Vomiting, diarrhoea and nausea may also be a consequence of this. If you opt for bottle feeding and your child develops these symptoms, speak to your doctor.

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