Breastfeeding Vs. Formula Feeding
Drawbacks to Formula Feeding
While it may seem like the easiest option, there are drawbacks to formula feeding your newborn. Here are a few:
- While formula offers all of the basic nutrition that a baby needs, it does not offer the protective immune system antibodies available only in breast milk.
- Babies often cannot digest formula as easily as breast milk, so it could give your baby gas and other gastric irritations, resulting in tears until you can find a formula that is gentler on their little systems.
- Because it takes babies longer to digest formula, it has just enough time to ferment -- making for some really stinky diaper changes.
- Formula costs for the first year are estimated to be between $1,000 and $1,500.
- Some babies are allergic to cow's milk formula or have trouble digesting it. Soy milk formula is then an option.
To Breastfeed or Not to Breastfeed
The decision what to feed your baby is totally up to you. Don't let outside forces pressure you into making a decision that is not going to work for you and your baby. If there is one thing that you have learned so far about the parenting process, it is to make sure you are comfortable with everything you do.
No matter what you choose -- breastfeeding or formula feeding --just do it and be comfortable and confident with your decision. Don't waste time second-guessing yourself or letting outside opinions sway you either way.