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There are many for and against’s of what’s best. Id like to know opinions so I can weigh up the answers. Also some mothers who want to breastfeed but can’t, can I have their views?

Posted by Cynthea Jenke, 16th April 2015

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  • Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature – they are the bottles that most closely resemble the breast so are easier for bubs to accept.

  • What’s best is what you are able to do. Naturally, breast milk is best, full of all of nature’s immunity boosters. No sterilising of bottles, no preparing bottles, no testing the temp of bottles, no wastage and always on hand ready to go. But not everyone can, and formula is the best alternative. It can take a few testers before you find one that baby and yourself are happy with

  • Because of circumstances I ended up using formula and all turned out well.

  • I breastfed my babies. No expensive formula, no sterilising bottles and treats, the milk is always on hand ready to go and at the perfect temperature

  • Personally I breastfed for 6 months until my daughter was diagnosed with an allergy and needed special formula but to be honest whatever works for Wah individual mother/child is the best because a stressed mum isn’t a good one and for some breastfeeding causes unnecessary stress

  • it depends on you really

    for me, i went back to work after 4 weeks so bottle feeding was best for us. my sister in law didnt work but had trouble breast feeding so she used the bottle too. everyone is different and has different situations. do whats best for you xx

  • Breastfeeding builds up baby immune system naturally and superbly. It’s available for the mum that can do it, instead of rushing to shops, spending money, heating milk, sterilizing bottles. It supplies everything a newborn baby needs to around five months when foods can be introduced. It’s gods gift!

    But some mums have problems, that’s life, not their fault.

  • I have done both, it depends alot on the baby also. with my 1st I started BF and after twelve weeks we had issues and she went exclusively to bottle feeding, great but so annoying, I hated all the cleaning and sterilizing and cold nights making bottles.
    Number two took to breast feeding like a duck to water and still at age 14 months is doing marvelous, I could not get her to take a bottle though until she was ten months so I could never really leave her, she is a night feeder still and wakes every two hours through the night to comfort feed so thats the down side, however a bottlefed baby like my first used to wake for her dummy or a bottle.
    Its your own personal choice. I chose breast because its easier, cheaper and i get to have that snuggly feeling alot. I will not say its a stronger bond as I had a strong bond with number 1 that I have never felt with number 2.
    Good luck and the best way to find out is to try.

  • For me bottlefeeding because my breast milk came out very slow so I need to pump in the bottle.

  • I breastfed four babies. I was lucky to receive help from an understanding child health nurse who helped me though when I lost my milk with my first child (through illness). It took perseverance, feeding more frequently, self-confidence, teaching baby and me how to work together, watching my diet and fluid intake. It would have been easy at that point to give up and swap to formula, but with the right support I didn’t. My mum didn’t get that help and said she had us on a bottle by 3 months old. Breastfeeding is cheaper, no heating bottles in the middle of a winter night, no sterilising bottles, teats, etc. For those that medically can’t breastfeed, I strongly recommend talking to your midwife or child health nurse first to investigate why. Also, if you are lucky enough to live near a major city, there are milk banks set up too.

  • You should do what is most comfortable for you. I believe that breastfeeding is more convenient, free and can be easily accessable anywhere or at any time (colostrum being the most important). What what is also important is a stress-free Mum. I also believe that (after the colostrum) it doesn’t matter too much how your baby gets fed, as long as they do!

  • It is a matter of personal choice and this question can get people fired up, but personally for me I chose to breast feed as it is free and convenient – dont have to prepare bottles and plan to go out with a huge bag full of sterilised bottles, milk powder, water etc and I always choose non processed foods over processed. But at the end of the day it is what works for you and your baby and for me it worked well.

  • Personally I think what is best for your baby is a mum who is not stressed or worried about the pressures imposed by society. The saying ‘breast is best’ is due to the numerous health benefits for your baby, the bonding and health benefits for mum. However, some women can’t breast feed and as a result formula feed which can lead to mothers feeling hurt by society’s response to this. Formula has come a long way and is considered a nutritious alternative if you can’t breast feed.
    You do what you have to as a mother for what is best for your baby. No one should be made to feel they are not doing it right.

  • Breast is best. Especially the colostrum. It contains things that you cant get from the bottle. Not it help the baby, it also help you recover faster from giving birth. It can also reduce your chances of getting cancer.

  • im so pro bf! I bf number one for 13 months and currently bf number 2 son 8 months.
    I love the bond it creates, the fact that im feeding my child. its ore natural and gentle.
    cons, cant drink much! also I think baby uses me as a dummy, bites, and doesn’t sleep as well. theres so much to mention like cost of formula.

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