Choosing to nurse or formula feed your child may seem like an easy choice. Many parents will simply formula feed their children without considering both options. It is not because they do not love their children, but for the simple fact nursing has been fading. It is very simple to make a formula bottle and anyone can help feed the baby. Nursing is more involved and definitely has many benefits for both the mother and child. This chapter explores both options in debt to assist you to make the best decision for both you and the baby.
Nursing Benefits for Baby
Nursing Benefits for Mother
Although there are many advantages for both the mother and child to consider, there are some disadvantages to consider. Please note none of these are disadvantages for your baby.
With many advantages and only a few disadvantages to nursing, why do most people choose formula?
Most common reasons Formula Feeding
For many of these reasons women shun away from nursing without truly considering the benefits of breastfeeding and the disadvantages of formula feeding. Probably the most common reason for not breast feeding is the lack of knowledge, understanding all of the options.
Disadvantages of Formula Feeding
Choosing to nurse or formula feed is simply up to the child’s parents. Either choice the woman makes should be fully supported. Some women will receive grief for their choice to nurse or bottle feed from a spouse, grandparent, aunt, etc. In the case of receiving grief for your choice, take a deep breath and stand your ground. Do not let others influence your decision on whether to formula feed or nurse your child.
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