Essay about Breast Feding vs. Formula Feeding

863 Words Mar 11th, 2012 4 Pages
Breast Feeding vs. Formula Feeding

There are advantages and disadvantages to both breastfeeding and formula feeding. Some things to consider when deciding which to choose are: cost, convenience, nutrition, and the health benefits to both the baby and to the mother.
In terms of cost, an advantage to breastfeeding is that breast milk is free. It's estimated that breastfeeding can save you thousands of dollars a year, depending on the brand of formula that would have been used instead. According to the American Pregnancy Association, formula costs from $54 to $198 per month, as of 2011 (Coila, 2011). In addition to the cost of formula, bottle feeding mothers must also purchase bottles, nipples, and bottle sterilizers to keep the
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As far as nutrition goes, breast milk contains the perfect proportion of nutrients that your baby needs, including protein, carbohydrates, fat, and calcium. Breast milk is easier to digest than formula and is easily absorbed. The nutrients in breast milk change over time to fulfill your baby's changing nutritional needs. Some disadvantages with breastfeeding are that there is a degree of uncertainty about how much milk the baby is actually getting. Also, breastfed babies may need vitamin D supplements, as breast milk is often lacking in that. Infant formula provides all the nutrients a baby needs, including vitamin D. With bottle feeding, the mother is also able to see exactly how much formula the baby is getting. Bottle fed babies may eat fewer times a day, as formula doesn't digest as easily and quickly as breast milk does, so the baby may be hungry less often. Some babies have difficulty tolerating some of the nutrients found in certain formulas, so that can be a disadvantage.

Research indicates that breastfed babies may have less frequent: ear infections, stomach or intestinal infections, digestive problems, allergies, skin problems, and urinary or respiratory tract infections. Breastfed babies also may have less risk of becoming overweight, developing high blood pressure, diabetes, iron-deficiency anemia, or tooth decay in childhood. Studies show it may protect

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