By: Nikki Nies
One of the common first questions posed to new moms is bottle or nipple fed? While breastfeeding may be initially thought as unrealistic for working mothers, those feeling detached or with hectic schedules, perhaps you need a little a more convincing.
I’ve personally not given birth, but I can understand and empathize with the concept of wanting to provide the best for one’s children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strongly recommend breastfeeding, as it’s one of the first, best acts of love a mother can give.
Benefits of Breastfeeding:
- Provides ideal amount of nutrients–provides perfect mix of vitamins, protein and fat
- More easily digested than infant formula
- Breast milk contains antibodies, which can help fight off bacteria and/or viruses
- Can satisfy baby’s emotional needs–best way to keep baby comfortable!
- Protects against Crohn’s disease
- Reduces risk of allergies and/or asthma
- When exclusively breast fed for first 6 months, may decrease risk of ear infections, respiratory illnesses and/or bouts of diarrhea
- Babies are less likely to be constipated
- Most convenient method of feeding!
- Breast milk composition provides newborn all the nutrients needed
- May increase intelligence in the future
- May need less trips to the hospital and/or doctor
- Increases maternal bond with newborn
- More likely for babies to to stay on target on growth charts
- Plays a role in the prevention of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- May lower future risk of diabetes, obesity and/or certain cancers
- For mothers, reduces risk of breast and ovarian cancer, increases recovery from childbirth, reduces risk of osteoporosis, burns extra calories–>helps one lose more pregnancy weight faster
- More environmentally friendly–less waste with formula cans and bottles
- More budget friendly–with breastfeeding, one doesn’t have to worry about purchasing baby bottles, sterilizing and/or measuring formulas
- Saves time!
Yes, every mother’s situation is different. If your doctor states your baby needs to be bottle fed temporarily, of course, bottle feed. But, if all’s clear, don’t knock breastfeeding until you’ve tried it. Make sure to try different positions and compare notes with friends on some useful tips. Good luck!