Breastfeeding vs Bottle Feeding
I’m not a super opinionated person but before I had my 1st son I was pretty set on breastfeeding. I grew up watching my mom and other women around me breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding vs bottle feeding wasn’t even a debate for me.
Breastfeeding was going to be my thing. Period. But as I read so many people’s opinions while pregnant with Easton, I started to actually weigh the two options.
We got lucky with Easton because he actually bottle-fed and breastfed really well for us. (We’ll see how this next one goes though!) I say lucky because there are pros and cons to both.
So here they are!
Our bodies are so freaking amazing!
I mean, how crazy is it that we can literally grow a human inside us and then on top of that, our body provides a way to feed the human that was just inside of us! It honestly blows my mind!
There are a lot of times I’ve been in awe of my body while breastfeeding. It can help you feel important and honestly sometimes like a superhero!
Another amazing thing about breastfeeding is that it gives you lots of snuggle time with baby! When Easton was first born we had both sides of the family come out and meet him. He was the first grandbaby on both sides so everyone wanted to hold him. I liked that I could use breastfeeding as an excuse to steal him back from people.
The biggest benefit of breastfeeding for me was that it’s FREE!
There’s no buying formula or worrying about running out of food.
That brings me to another awesome thing about breastfeeding, all you need is yourself and baby. There’s no preparation of a bottle so it’s the easiest in that sense.
One of the major cons of breastfeeding is that it’s hard at the beginning
When I first started breastfeeding, Easton would hardly open his mouth so a lot of times he was just sucking on my nipple. It was painful and frustrating and I definitely cried on more than one occasion.
It was also really hard for me to get comfortable at first. My body was still recovering which made sitting in general uncomfortable. On top of that newborns are so fragile and need complete support when holding them This added to the discomfort of feeding at first. I constantly had Ben adjusting all sorts of pillows so my arms didn’t have to do quite so much work.
Another con is that you always have to do the feeding. If you are exclusively breastfeeding, your husband can’t help out with feedings in the middle of the night.
You also can’t leave your baby for an extended period of time. This might not be a big deal for some people but for others, it’s something to consider.
It limits the things you can do while feeding. I did see someone once walking around Ross while breastfeeding but I ain’t that skilled! I’m usually couch-bound for feedings with a newborn.
Finally, sometimes you have to watch what you eat. This can be a pro and a con. I had to give up a lot of sugary things unless I wanted to deal with a cranky baby. On the one hand, I lost out on my chocolate. But on the other, it forced me to be healthier.
This wouldn’t be a proper breastfeeding vs bottle feeding analysis if I didn’t spend some time talking about bottle feeding too!
The best part about bottle feeding is that other people can help out. I love Easton to death but those babies man, are constantly eating and my boobs need a break. It’s nice that Ben could take him sometimes.
I know you are not supposed to leave them unattended when doing this but I’m definitely not opposed to propping the bottle sometimes. It allows you to get more done during the day when you’re at home by yourself with baby.
Bottle feeding is great if you’re used too frequently going out and want some alone time. I was in school online full time when I was breastfeeding Easton and it was so great to be able to have friends or family take him for the afternoon so I could get some work done. It also meant Ben and I could go on dates without being restricted by feeding times.
Most of my cons are if you are exclusively going to formula feed. Because let’s face it, you’re already buying diapers and wipes and adding formula on top of that is just not fun!
Aside from the absurd amount of money you could end up spending on formula, one of the biggest cons I’ve found is that formula-fed babies can smell worse. Maybe I just don’t like the smell of formula but I much prefer breast milk spit up as opposed to formula spit-up.
Breastfeeding vs Bottle Feeding
What will you decide?
In the end, we were just super blessed that Easton never had any nipple confusion! I know many people aren’t so lucky which is why it’s important to weigh the pro and cons of breastfeeding vs bottle feeding and decide what you want to do before baby arrives.