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Breastfeeding vs. Formula

Breastfeeding vs. Formula

The breastfeeding vs. formula battle is often a heated one. There is no doubt that breastfeeding is extremely beneficial for both mom and baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for at least the first six months after birth. Depending on various factors some women will opt to bottle-feed their newborn.  It’s important that you weigh the pros and cons of each before choosing which is the best decision for you and your baby.

Breast milk is a living substance made uniquely by each mother for the needs of their individual infant. Breastfeeding is both convenient and free while the cost of bottle-feeding can quickly add up.  Many studies show that breastfed babies build a stronger resistance to infections and are less likely to experience ear infections, diarrhea, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). More doctor visits mean more co-pays for the visits and prescriptions.  Many mothers find breastfeeding to be more convenient because you always have a fresh supply of milk no matter where you are.  Even if you are separated from your baby you can still maintain a fresh supply of milk by way of breast pumping.

Nursing mothers often say that the skin-to-skin contact during breastfeeding enhances the bonding experience between mom and baby. Breastfeeding offers a variety of benefits to mom. The act of breastfeeding burns a lot of calories—about 300-500 a day. The National Resources Defense Council states, “Breastfeeding releases a hormone in the mother (oxytocin) that causes the uterus to return to its normal size more quickly,” Because of this, nursing mothers tend to loose the pregnancy weight quicker.  Studies have shown that there is a correlation between breastfeeding and a lower risk of breast cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and uterine and ovarian cancer.

Some mothers choose not to breastfeed because it is too uncomfortable, underlying medical reasons, or they cannot produce enough milk. Whatever the reason, there are commercially prepared formulas readily available. While formula can have added beneficial vitamins not found in breast milk (Vitamin D for example) it does not contain any of the infection fighting antibodies that are plentiful in breast milk. Formula feeding moms say they appreciate the flexibility this alternative offers as anyone can help with feedings (although this true for mothers who pump). Babies who are formula fed typically do not eat as often as formula is harder to digest. Women who formula feed do not have to watch their diet for fear of adversely affecting your baby by contaminating your breast milk.

Commercial formula cannot compare to the complexity of breast milk, which is ever changing to meet the specific needs of your growing baby. If you weigh the pros and cons and decide that breastfeeding is the best option for you and your baby then Aeroflow Healthcare Breastpumps is here to help you obtain a breast pump through your insurance. Did you know that under the Affordable Care Act most insurance companies are required to cover a breast pump under your preventive benefits? Visit out website and learn how you can Qualify for your breast pump today.

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