Essay about Breast Feding 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 …show more content…
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