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Breastfeeding? Bottle Feeding? Both? - Choose Your Journey

Are you trying to decide what is best for everyone when it comes to breastfeeding your baby?

Let me start with what is recommended by The American Academy of Pediatrics. According to studies, breastfeeding is best for your baby exclusively for the first 6-months and then continuing up to a year or longer with other nutritional foods. Now that I have informed you of the studies, I want to encourage you to do what is best for you and yours.  In a perfect world, breastfeeding is the ideal choice, but life can add layers of complications to this decision. I encourage you to look at the bigger picture and consider your circumstances. Below are some things to consider when making this decision.

5-benefits of full breastfeeding 

  • A healthy immune system for baby– Breastfeeding passes on antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. These antibodies are especially critical in the first year. A happy, healthy baby is sure to give mom peace of mind.
  • Perfect nutrition for baby – Breastmilk provides all your baby's nutritional needs and changes according to your baby's needs over time.
  • Reduces Illness and Disease – Studies show that breastfeeding may reduce SIDS, asthma, diabetes, ear infections, and tummy troubles for babies. The list goes on.
  • Health benefits for mom – Women who breastfeed also lower their risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, and type 2 diabetes.
  • Low Cost and Convenience – You avoid the cost of formula. There is no need to worry about cleaning and sterilizing bottles. The milk is always at the right temperature, so there is no figuring out how to warm up bottles on the go.

5 Benefits of breastfeeding supplemented with formula

  • Still nutritious – Keep in mind, your little person is getting nutrition from you and the vitamins and minerals in the formula. 
  • Shared bonding - Supplementing allows you to leave your baby with a partner, family member or a sitter. Some moms find that giving an occasional bottle of formula provides welcome flexibility when on the go. This can be especially freeing for moms who have trouble pumping.
  • Mom can have more freedom – Mom can have a little more time for herself and other tasks in her already hectic life since she will not have to plan around a feeding and pumping schedule.
  • Breastfeed longer – Supplementing makes breastfeeding more manageable and may help you be able to help breastfeed longer.
  • Best of both worlds – For moms who have challenges with full breastfeeding this can be a good balance between what mom needs and what baby needs.

 5 Benefits of formula feeding

  • More sleep – Babies tend to wait longer between feeding when formula-fed, giving mom a little more time for that much-needed rest.
  • No worries over diet – Mom is free to eat whatever she wants. Need a cocktail? Have at it!
  • Keep track of intake – It takes the guesswork out of how much your little one is getting. You always know what your baby is eating.
  • Easier to go back to work - Formula is easier to make and store, which is advantageous when you have to go back to work and leave your child with a caregiver. You also can get on with your day since you will not have to worry about pumping while on the job.
  • Less stress for mom – Having a calm and well-balanced mom is advantageous to mom and baby.

There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to feeding your baby. Everyone’s journey is not the same. You have to choose your path based on the needs of you and your family. Yes, I said based on you! Because your needs matter too. Your well-being dictates the state of all those you care for. Whatever your choice, be confident in the fact that it is your decision.

If you find you do need a bottle for whatever journey you choose. Places Whee Go has a variety of designs to choose from here.

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