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Breastfeeding

The decision to breastfeeding or formula feed is a personal decision based on the mom’s comfort level, lifestyle, and current health condition. According to The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Medical Association (AMA), the American Dietetic Association (ADA), and the World Health Organization (WHO) say that breastfeeding is the best nutritional choice babies at preventing infections, allergies, and some chronic conditions.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) prefer that women breastfeed for at least six to twelve months and continue for as long the mom and child are willing. Breastfeeding should begin immediately after birth when mom and baby start the bonding process. Moms who are unable to breastfeed or who choose not to, then it’s best to use infant formula as an alternative to breast milk. Keep in mind that whether the baby is breastfed or bottle fed, the mother will still be able to bond with her baby.

  Breastfeeding Pros and. Cons

Pros   

  •     Provides a special mother & baby bonding experience
  •     Protect against infection such as ear infection, diarrhea, respiratory infections, meningitis, allergies, asthma, diabetes, obesity, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  •     Fewer infections and hospitalizations
  •     Easily digested
  •     Naturally contains vitamins and minerals that a newborn requires
  •     It’s free because the mother produces breast milk for the baby
  •     The baby is exposed to different flavors of breast milk which is due to what the mother has eaten. This introduces baby to different tastes of food through the mother’s breast milk.
  •     Increase self confidence for the mom because she is able to realize her ability to care for her baby.
  •     Lower the risk of breast cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and uterine & ovarian cancer in women.

Cons

  •     Requires patience, persistence, and practice in order to establish a healthy routine for mom and baby
  •     Finding the right comfort level
  •     Trying to get baby to latch on
  •     Time consuming
  •     Moms need to be committed to breastfeeding newborns every 2 to 3 hrs. during the first few months
  •     Requires organization and time management skills
  •     Moms need to be on a proper diet by eating healthy foods and avoid consuming high mercury fish, alcohol, and caffeine
  •     Be aware and cautious about certain medical conditions (HIV or AIDS) and any medicines that may harm the baby. It’s always best to speak with your OB/GYN to find out what you can safely take.
  •   Formula Feeding Pros and Cons

Pros

  •     Alternative to breast milk
  •     Contains some vitamins and minerals, but not all that’s found in breast milk.
  •     Some contain DHA and ARA for brain and eye development
  •     Manufactured for sterile conditions
  •     Moms are able to bottle feed their baby at any time
  •     Flexibility
  •     Easier to feed baby with a bottle
  •     Good for on the go
  •     Moms don’t have to worry about their diet and how it might affect their babies since formula is manufactured from a company.

Cons

  •     Enough formula must be available at all times
  •     Bottles need to be prepared all the time
  •     Powdered and condensed formulas must be prepared with sterile water
  •     Bottles and nipples need to be washed and sterilized before and after usage
  •     Bottled formula can only be left in the refrigerator for 1 hr. and any unfinished formula must be thrown out
  •     Prepared formula can only be stored in the refrigerator for no longer than 24 to 48 hrs., however, it’s best to check the formula’s product label on storage and preparation of milk
  •     Heated bottled formula should be checked to make sure it’s not too hot before feeding it to baby
  •     Does not protect against infection and illness
  •     Can be expensive depending on the brand, type, and quantity
  •     Babies tend to be more fussy
  •     Formula is thicker and not so easily digested
  •     Formula fed babies have more gas and firmer bowel movementFor more information on breastfeeding, bottle feeding, and products please visit these websites:

    http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/for-nursing-mothers

    http://www.lansinoh.com/

    http://similac.com/

    http://www.enfamil.com/

Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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