There are many reasons and research established about why a mother’s milk is best suited for your baby. As a mother, even you reap a lot of benefits from breastfeeding.
While a lot of moms choose to breastfeed their babies for at least a year, a good bunch of them have the pressure to give up earlier as it becomes infeasible due to their jobs or other reasons. And for this reason, some moms express breast milk and store it in the fridge and a caretaker bottle-feeds the baby with this expressed milk. This culture is very popular in the western countries and is now gaining popularity in India.
So, is there any difference between breastfeeding and bottle feeding expressed milk?
Breast or from the bottle, fresh or frozen, mother’s milk provides all the nutrition the baby requires. Frozen and bottled breast milk is not any less nutrition just because it comes from a bottle. While that being said, breastfeeding is not just about nutrition for the baby, it establishes comfort, bonding, security and closeness. Here is a list of pros and cons with both options
- Bonding with your lil one. It is a well researched fact that skin to skin contact with your baby helps in both physical and mental development of your baby. And there is no greater feeling in the world than the one when your baby nuzzles up close to your chest. It is a very secure feeling that both the baby and you can enjoy.
- Saves time & money. There are no bottles, nipples buy, wash and sterilise.
- Nursing in public could be tough. Breastfeeding when you are out of home and in a public space like a mall or restaurant may become a challenge. Which is why breastfeeding kurtas and nursing stoles will prove to be very helpful. You can browse through Morph’s collection of feeding kurtis here and the range of nursing stoles here.
- You will have to plan your ‘me’ time according to baby’s feeding schedule. If you are breastfeeding, then your baby is dependent on you for all meals. And considering that babies need to be nursed every few hours, you will have a very small window between which you will actually be able to go out by yourself and get some ‘me’ time.
- Family can be involved. Feeding a baby, even if it’s from a bottle is a very special feeling of bonding. With a bottle, the father, grand parents and immediate family can get to experience it.
- Monitoring the feeds. By pumping and bottle feeding, it’s easier to monitor how much your baby is eating at each feed.
- Takes time. It is an endless cycle of washing and sanitising bottles and nipples. It also takes time to refrigerate what you pump, thaw it and then feed your baby.
- Takes money. Breast pumps, bottles, nipples, sterilisers and more. There is lot to buy and manage.
- Possibility of contamination. When your baby is not nursing directly from you, there is a possibility of contamination of pump parts, bottles and during the process of freezing and thawing. If the milk gets contaminated, the baby can get sick.
Now that all the pros and cons are laid out, you as a mom, you can make the best decision for you and your baby. There is no right or wrong in the choice you make.
Happy Breastfeeding 🙂