Not a few mothers who feel confused choose between direct breastfeeding or bottle feeding. Actually, this goes back to the choice of each mother. But remember, if this decision will certainly affect your parenting. In order not to be confused, you can consider it by knowing the pros and cons of both. So, what are the pros and cons of direct breastfeeding and bottle feeding?
Benefits of direct breastfeeding for mothers and infants
Of course, the benefits of breastfeeding are very much for mothers and babies. For the mother, breastfeeding the baby can help her uterus return to its original size, burn more calories, and reduce the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and diabetes.
Well, direct breastfeeding is also proven to be good for mother and baby health. Giving milk to your child directly from your breast increases the bond between mother and child.
In this way, you don't have to bother preparing various equipment such as pumps, milk bottles, and other bottle accessories. You can give your baby breast milk at any time when your baby is ready.
Benefits of direct breastfeeding for babies
- Breast milk has all the nutrients your baby needs for growth and staying healthy.
- Promotes the health of the little digestive system. Babies who are breastfed tend not to have diarrhea and abdominal pain.
- Strengthens the baby's immune system.
- Increase IQ. Some studies show that breastfed babies may have a higher IQ than formula-fed infants.
- Prevents sudden infant death syndrome or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- Potential to protect from several conditions such as asthma, allergies, diabetes, and obesity.
- Good for development in premature babies.
If you choose to breastfeed your baby directly, your doctor may advise you to do so as long as you feel comfortable. The longer you breastfeed, the greater the health benefits you and your little one can get.
There are also advantages to breastfeeding with bottles, anything?
If you give your baby breast milk with a bottle, the baby will still get the same benefits as direct breastfeeding. However, if you give breast milk with a bottle, the benefits that will be obtained are:
1. More practical
Pumping breast milk and then collecting it in bottles will certainly be more practical for those of you who have a rather dense schedule. You can breastfeed your child wherever and whenever with a bottle.
If indeed you are not near the baby, the person closest to you can still give milk that has been collected in the bottle to the little one.
2. Can measure baby's needs
Giving milk with a bottle lets you know how much milk your baby spends at one time. That way you will know the 'portion' standard that he needs. If one day he drinks less milk than usual, then you will find it easier to find out.
3. Providing opportunities for other family members
The schedule for feeding babies can be an opportunity to get closer and bond with the baby. Of course you who have breastfeeding every day.
Therefore, by giving your baby ASI from a bottle, it can give other family members the opportunity to bond with the little one.
In order to be able to choose, first know the weaknesses of both
Each of these methods does have its own advantages, as well as deficiencies that you should know about. That way, you can choose the right way of breastfeeding that suits you.
Even though giving your baby breastmilk is directly healthy for you and your little one, it can also provide a challenge for you.
- You may feel uncomfortable, especially during several feedings.
- There is no way to measure how much your baby drinks ASI.
- You should pay attention to the medicines you consume, caffeine, and your food intake. Because some things that enter your body will be passed on to the baby through breast milk.
- Newborns will eat more often, so it may be difficult if you need to work but still follow the schedule of breastfeeding your child.
- Formula milk does not provide the same protection against infections such as breast milk.
- You need to mix and prepare formula milk to ensure the right temperature.
- You need to pay extra for preparing bottles, formula milk, rubber nipples, and breast pumps.
- Formula milk may cause digestive problems such as constipation and gas.