"I've heard arguments on both sides, and I'm torn. Is breast or bottle better?"
All mothers ask themselves this question.
It is well accepted that breastfeeding is the best and most natural option for nourishing a baby. However, breastfeeding may not be an option for a variety of reasons, or possibly it's just a personal choice to bottle feed.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other professional organizations recommend breastfeeding for at least the first year of life, longer if preferred by mother or baby.
Breastfeeding has many benefits for mom, baby and the community.
Benefits for babies:
A baby will benefit from being breastfed for even a short period of time, even if only a few weeks.
Benefits for moms:
Most babies learn to latch on properly. If you are having difficulty with the process, call a lactation consultant where you delivered your baby. You may also call your pediatrician’s lactation consultant , and if WIC eligible, call your local WIC office and speak with a breastfeeding peer counselor.
Also, if you have an insufficient milk supply (which is rare with regular feedings), call a lactation consultant to learn about the options that are available to you.
Once breastfeeding is established, AAP recommends the use of a pacifier.
If you are taking medications of any kind, consult with your doctor and lactation consultant before breastfeeding.