Many new parents get caught up in worrying about the difference in cost for breastfeeding vs bottle feeding. It’s an age-old controversy and everyone has an opinion. Here is a better breakdown to help you determine which is right for you.
To bottle feed, you’re going to have to have a supply of bottles. You’ll want to start out with the smaller sized 4-ounce bottles. Newborn babies don’t eat a lot at one meal so you can start with the smaller bottles and work up to the larger sizes.
You’ll also have to factor in the cost of the formula. Many babies have an intolerance to one type of formula or another so you’ll have to work around this with your doctor’s assistance.
The formula comes in ready made and powdered forms that must be properly mixed with water for your baby to eat. You’ll have to have plenty on hand so that your baby doesn’t go hungry.
Don’t forget to factor in the fact that you’ll have to wait for the bottle to warm properly before you can feed the baby. This may take a few minutes as well.
If you’re choosing to breastfeed, you won’t have to have any specialized equipment to feed your baby. Some breastfeeding moms do like to have a breast pump on hand. These can be anywhere from a few dollars for a manual pump to several hundred or a thousand dollars for a fancy model (they can also be rented) make sure to read the reviews from Best Breast Pump 2017 – Buyers Guide and Reviews.
Keep in mind that there is no right or wrong answer to feeding baby when it comes to breastfeeding or bottle feeding your baby. Both are means with which to feed the baby.
Both are doctor approved methods to feed the baby. It’s a personal preference and something that you should never feel guilty about. What works well for one family may not work well at all for another.
Understanding the differences and what you’re comfortable with are the most important factors to consider when choosing which route to go.
For some, breastfeeding comes naturally and is an ideal way to save money on taking care of the baby. For others, bottle feeding is the route to go for other reasons such as working moms or inverted nipples.
Bottle feeding is expensive but so is breastfeeding if you’re buying an expensive breast pump to aid you in pumping milk.
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