Let’s look at the difference of breast milk and formula and help you as the reader make that decision that is most comfortable for you. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends breast milk as the best nutrition for infants. Babies should be breastfed exclusively for the first six months, according to the AAP. The advantages of breast milk for babies:
- It provides natural antibodies that help your baby resist illnesses, such as ear infections.
- It's usually more easily digested than formula. So breastfed babies are often less constipated and gassy.
- It may lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome in the first year of your baby's life.
- It may raise your child's intelligence. Studies show breastfed babies have higher levels of cognitive function.
- Breast milk may even help your child in later years, by reducing the risk of being overweight, and of developing asthma, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, Hodgkin's disease, leukemia, and lymphoma.
Breastfeeding is good for moms, too. Women who breastfeed have a reduced risk of breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and ovarian cancer. But let's not forget a key reason many new moms want to breastfeed. It's a wonderful bonding experience with your baby.
Now on the other hand many mothers how choose to formula feed their baby have these advantages:
- It's convenient. Formula-fed babies can be fed by anyone at any time.
- It's flexible. You don't have to fit pumping into your work schedule. Instead, you can simply leave formula for your babysitter or day care center.
- Your partner can help out with nighttime feedings and share that bonding experience with your baby.
- Scheduling feedings may be easier. Formula isn't digested as quickly as breast milk, so formula-fed babies don't need to eat as often, especially in the first few months.
- You don't have to worry about what you eat. Moms who breastfeed may have to avoid certain foods that her baby can't tolerate.
Just remember it your choice how to feed your baby breast milk, formula, or a combination of both. The most important thing is that your baby is well fed, well cared for, and loved.
Story Adapt from: http://www.webmd.com/baby/breastfeeding-vs-formula-feeding