There is a photo that has been circulating all over the social networking sites about a mother who was nursing her little baby in front of an infant formula vendor’s booth. That picture prompted a number of arguments about breastfeeding versus bottle feeding. Some applaud this mother for making a bold statement over formula feeding while others felt that she has shamed women to ask about options, thus preventing their right to choice.
For one, breastmilk is known to be the most complete form of nutrition for babies – for their immunity, health, growth and formation. Breastfeeding also forms a strong bond between the mother and child, which experts have stated helps make a more confident child…. Studies also show that mothers lose their pregnancy weight-gain faster when they breastfeed. And hey, breastfeeding is free so it is cost-effective as well.
In defense of those who decide to bottle feed their infants, it is argued that with bottle-feeding, a mother knows exactly how much her baby intakes so she does not have to worry about accidentally under or overfeeding. Proponents also contest that modern formula milk has at par nutrients with a mother’s breastmilk, so all the health benefits are amply provided. In addition, the mother is given freedom to go back to her normal life, as fathers or older siblings can participate in feeding the newborn.
I am very interested to know how my readers feel about this. I would like to know, which do you prefer best – breastfeeding or bottle-feeding?
Watch out for my next post as this will be a poll on this topic. You will surely like what we are giving away!