It’s the first decision you will make as a parent. Breast feeding vs Formula.. what’s the best choice for me?
For some parents, its a no-brainer kind of decision.
For others there is a lot of thought that needs to go into that decision.
Here are 3 questions parents should ask before they choose which is right for them.
The answers to these questions are different in every situation.
What may be better for you may not be better for another family. That goes for the rest of the questions. Every family is different. They have a different income, they may do well with something where as someone else doesn’t.
I am going to answer these questions as it were my situation.
1) Breast is best. It is likely the healthier choice and it gives your new baby a lot of antibodies to fight off infections they are vulnerable to in their early life.
2) For me, breastfeeding is a lot easier than formula feeding. I do not have to get up in the middle of the night to make a bottle. I do not have to worry about sterilizing bottles. I do not have to worry about bringing formula with me everywhere I go, because I have what my baby needs with me at all times. At the right temperature and always clean.
3) Breastfeeding is over a thousand dollars cheaper than formula feeding. I figured this out when my first son was born. He breastfed for 7 weeks until my supply stopped. We switched to formula and spent over $1200 dollars in the first year alone on formula and that was the generic brand. The only things you have to worry about buying while breastfeeding are bottles (if you decide to pump), a pump, supplies for the pump and maybe a cover, if you decide to use one.
Not only is breast milk the best choice, health-wise for your baby, but it also has beneficial outcomes for the mom.
Here are 3 more reasons why Breast Feeding is the clear winner in the Breast Feeding vs Formula debate
4) When a mother breastfeeds, the body releases bursts of oxytocin, and that release causes the uterus to contract protecting the mom from postpartum hemorrhage.
5) Milk production also helps burn 200-500 calories a day, so some mothers may find they get their pre-pregnancy body back quicker.
6) One British study has shown that for each child carried, the risk of developing breast cancer by the age of 70 was reduced by 7 percent. For every year a woman breastfed, the risk of breast cancer fell by an additional 4.3 percent.
There are many pros and cons that come with everything, even breastfeeding. It’s up to you to figure out which is best for you. Sometimes the cons can outweigh the pros for someone, and vise-versa. No one can tell you what is best for you. Only you can decide what you want and what is best for you and your baby.
I decided that breastfeeding is best for my family. It leaves us with a lot more money in our pockets and my son and I are very happy with the choice.
So if you want to save over a thousand dollars then breastfeeding is the way to go.
Tell me below what was the best choice for your family, how you made that decision and if you’re happy with it!
About the Author
Kaitlan Lavoie is a 20 year old young mom to two little boys, Kade(3years) and Spencer(1year). She has been with her husband Ryan since August of 2008 and couldn’t be happier.
She loves to spend time with her friends and family doing things around the community which include going to family expos, the local museum, consignment sales and to the park with her kids. She is a breastfeeding advocate and is still breastfeeding her 13 month old son Spencer and wishes to do so until he is at least 2 years old.
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