Which is better breastfeeding or bottle-feeding?

As a new parent, you have many important decisions to make. One is to choose whether to breastfeed your baby or bottle feed using infant formula. Health experts agree that breastfeeding is the healthiest option for both mom and baby.

What are the differences between breastfeeding and bottle-feeding?

Breastfeeding vs Bottle Feeding

Breastfeeding Bottle Feeding With Formula
The mother must pump if feeding is missed (engorgement) Preparation time varies
Early breastfeeding may be uncomfortable The baby may not tolerate formula well (diarrhea)

Is breastfeeding better for the environment than formula feeding?

Breastfeeding is the most economical and environmentally friendly way to feed an infant, producing zero garbage, minimal greenhouse gases (GHG), and negligible water footprint.

What is an advantage to bottle-feeding rather than breastfeeding?

Your partner can help out with nighttime feedings and share that bonding experience with your baby. Scheduling feedings may be easier. Formula isn’t digested as quickly as breast milk, so formula-fed babies don’t need to eat as often, especially in the first few months.

What are the disadvantages of breastfeeding?


  • You may feel discomfort, particularly during the first few days or weeks.
  • There isn’t a way to measure how much your baby is eating.
  • You’ll need to watch your medication use, caffeine, and alcohol intake. Some substances that go into your body are passed to the baby through your milk.
  • Newborns eat frequently.

How does breastfeeding benefit the environment?

Breastfeeding uses few water or land resources, produces no carbon emissions and minimal or zero waste. It suppresses ovulation, helping to reduce family sizes and keep families healthy, which can further protects the impact of humanity on the Earth’s resources.

Are breastfed babies calmer?

The study authors wrote in the online journal Public Library of Science ONE: “In particular, compared to formula-fed infants, breastfed infants were reported to show greater distress, less smiling, laughing and vocalisation, to be slower to calm down following distress or excitement, and more difficult to soothe by …

Why do doctors discourage bottle-feeding?

Here are some common queries answered. Why do doctors advise you to avoid the bottle? Infections. Despite the best of sterilisation methods, the risk of a bottle-fed baby catching infections like diarrhoea is three times and respiratory infections is five times higher than a breastfed baby.

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