What is Best for My Child, Breastfeeding or Formula?

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The question of all questions that ponders in our minds as an expecting or second time mother-

What is best for my child? Breastfeeding or Formula?

We all as mothers have gone through the same lectures of how to raise our children from either family members or friends. We confuse ourselves with all these opinions and sometimes just get lost minded and forget about what we want for our child. We forget we have control over whether we want to breastfeed or give formula; it’s our body and as mothers we should not make our decisions on what others might think.

Most likely if you reading this formula vs. breastfeeding article, you have taken the initiative to do some research of your own and have put those opinions and lectures on the side. To make the decision of what you feel is best for not only you, but for your baby too. The researching can be hard on this topic, so we made it easier for all the mothers out there; whether they already have a decision to breastfeed or formula feed, and to the mothers who are still undecided. We have gathered the main topics of breastfeeding and formula feeding in one area to help mothers see the comparison between both.

Before you decide to formula feed your baby, the following items are needed: Bottles, tips (also called as nipples), and sterilizer machine for baby bottles. The sterilizer machine is optional but sterilizing is a must, when using bottles to feed your infant.  The prices can vary on these products, depending what store you buy from and the brands you choose.

The options of baby formula are wide and the variety of prices can get overwhelming. In order to make it easier to read and understand these options, we have created the guide to baby formula.

Formula Types:
•    Cow’s Based Formula is the most common formula used.
•    Soy-Based Formula is used when the baby cannot digest milk (lactose intolerant).
•    Hypoallergenic Formula is used for babies that cannot digest milk or soy protein of any kind.
•    Specialized Formula is specifically for premature babies.

Forms of Formula:
•    Powder – Low on Price
•    Concentrates- Median Range on Price
•    Ready to use- The most expensive

Brands of Formula:
•    Similac
•    Enfamil
•    Gerber
•    Perrigo (Store Brands)

The price of baby formula can be very expensive; the average cost for formula is between 50 to 100 dollars a month. This of course varies on the brand you buy and if you use baby formula coupons. The best way to get formula coupons is by signing up to the memberships of Enfamil, Gerber, Similac formula companies; they provide free coupons to their mommy members. EPAOA provides those coupons and Samples in the Benefit Section.

Talking about formula brands, many think the best formula is the top name brand being provided by the stores. It is a complete myth!

All formula manufactures that sell in the United States, comply with the same regulations and standards. Now you know the truth about this myth, you don’t have to worry about buying the store brand formula for your baby. It is the same quality as the name brand formula being sold at your store.

Congrats, you have finished the short educational experience about baby formula. To help you even more with your decision, we are going to discuss about breastfeeding. Short and simple for those busy mommies; breastfeeding is known to make the connection between mother and child more emotionally closer together. Even though this hasn’t been scientifically proven, most of the mothers here have proclaimed the deeper connection they have with their child.

One major tip you must always keep in mind, the mother must consume an extra 400 to 500 calories while breastfeeding to insure the mother has enough nutrients to breastfeed the child. The best benefit of breastfeeding your child is you will save an average of $1,733.75 dollars a year. There is nothing wrong with formula feeding; formula has the same fatty acids that are in breastmilk. Yes, formula feeding allows your husband to participate in feeding as well. But do keep in mind, these fatty acids in formula milk are chemically made, and not natural like breast milk.

Whether you decide to breastfeed or formula feed your child, in both forms of feeding the important aspect is to keep you and your baby healthy. We hope our article has helped you as a mother to be more informed and aware of the aspects you need to know when choosing to breastfeed or formula feed. Also, keep a look out for our future articles on how to freeze breast milk! We will love to have your presence back with us and don’t forget to invite another mother with you.

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By Mone Tapia of Expecting Parents Alliance of America

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