Breastfeeding vs Bottle Feeding

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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17 thoughts on “Breastfeeding vs Bottle Feeding

  1. Wow some amazing information for new mommies. I have friends who will be soon and they definitely would love to get this info on the pros and cons of breastfeeding and bottle feeding.

  2. This is really something that I don’t like discussing because it ends up hurting fellow mothers. I for one tried breastfeeding and bottle feeding. It really depends on what your body can handle.

  3. Moms should never be questioned or shamed for their choices. Of course breastfeeding is a good choice but there are women whose bodies can’t handle it.

  4. I breastfed my child because I could and I wanted to. It’s not controversial, it’s a mother’s choice. Same if she choose formula. Moms know best.

  5. I love you add that there is no right or wrong way. I know so many moms who feel guilty for not being able to breastfeed their baby because he/she doesn’t latch. And it is ultimately each mom’s choice!

  6. My first Born I would choose bottle feed and I find that this is hard for me when I have my youngest I choose breast feeding it’s inexpensive and I don’t need to wash and sterilize the bottle.

  7. You are so right. We all need to find the feeding style that works for our families.
    Side note – NO MOM IN THE US SHOULD PAY FOR A BREAST PUMP. Our insurance must pay for one 100% because of federal law. Many women don’t know this unfortunately.

  8. I don’t think anyone should be shamed for whatever method they choose to use. I just felt bad that my ex didn’t really have a choice because of some outside factors.

  9. I always knew I wanted to breastfeed and was fortunate enough to do so. My son is 17 months old and still breastfeed. Also some insurance companies will pay for a breastpumo. That is how I received mine. I had a option to choose from four different ones.

  10. This is quite difficult to comment on as I am not a mother yet but based from what I have learned from family members, breastfeeding is better and it helps to connect you and the child. But, again this is more of a personal choice

  11. It is so difficult to comment on this as it really is such a personal choice. Some want to but can’t, some don’t want to, but end up doing so. As mums i think we all want to do what is best for our little ones as much as possible.

  12. I was able to breastfeed, but I have had some friends who couldn’t and they used formula. It doesn’t bother me, so long as the baby is properly fed, you know? I don’t get the breastfeeding crazies who freak out if a mother opts for formula.

  13. It really can be a controversial topic of which one to pick. I don’t know why, there is no right or wrong so long as you’re feeding your child! lol These are all really great points!

  14. ALL insurances are required to provide a breast pump at NO cost. This should not figure into the economy of breast vs bottle for working moms. While of course formula is a perfectly acceptable alternative to breast milk, they are not equal.

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