Benefits Of Bottle Feeding

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Being a parent means making decisions. Decisions about baby names, schools, clothes, foods, rules, etc. Everyday brings new decisions and with those decisions are judgments from other people. Parents are scrutinized for every choice that they make when raising a child. One of these decisions is whether to bottle-feed using formula or to breast-feed a child. One side argues that breast milk is superior because it is natural. The other side argues that formula is just as beneficial as breast milk. The anti-formula side emphasizes the use of breast milk because they do not trust man made formula. According to the U.S National Library of Medicine, breast-feeding is the healthiest option for both a mother and her baby. On their website they list …show more content…
One of the benefits that Kristen Wright of Mom.me explains was that she was able to know exactly how much food she was giving her baby. Wright continues her point by saying that with her first child she was either overfeeding or underfeeding. With the bottle, she knew exactly how much the baby needed to be satisfied. Another benefit that she noted was that she could have more autonomy in her life. This autonomy allows mothers to: consume beverages like coffee and wine, to take prescription medication, and to eat whatever they want… all of which is worry free. Overall, formula feeding is a completely healthy and valuable option for those who choose not to breastfeed and those who choose to use formula all agreed that the moment they chose to formula feed, their lives became easier and their babies became healthier and …show more content…
However there are people who won’t even consider using formula for a few reasons. One of the reasons parents don’t trust formula is because of the ingredients listed on the back of the container. Almost all of the words in terms that only scientists can define, making them unknown to the average person. Among my research, I found a quote by Christine Northrup who explained her opinion on the matter; she says “When we trust the makers of baby formula more than we do our own ability to nourish our babies, we lose a chance to claim an aspect of our power as women. Thinking that baby formula is as good as breast milk is believing that thirty years of technology is superior to three million years of nature 's evolution…” Some children are brought into families through surrogacy or adoption and this kind of thinking is baseless and in fact harmful to parents who cannot provide breast milk for their child. Perhaps the biggest non-scientific reason that people refuse to use formula, is assumption. People assume that formula is inferior because it is not natural, and yet gay parents, adoptive parents, and single parents are still able to raise healthy children. The formula vs. breast milk debate may not be as controversial as vaccination, but the feud has got to end. Being a parent is already a difficult job and stigmatized one another

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