We talked earlier about the benefits of bottle-feeding. Today I am going to talk about the disadvantages. You need to consider both sides carefully before deciding on a method of feeding your baby. Be sure to give your child the essential vitamins and nutrients they need while adapting to the world around them.
Formulas are not as nutritious as breast milk
Breast milk contains all the nutrients your baby needs to grow. Breast milk relaxes the stomach more than formulas. Formulas can also increase the risk of obesity in early childhood
Time and cost
You know there is no cost to breastfeeding. You can also breastfeed your baby at any time depending on the demand. But if you are accustomed to bottle feeding your baby, you will need to wash and disinfect the bottle, turning it off thoroughly before pouring the milk into the bottle. It is a complex and time-consuming process. Improper bottle disinfection can also endanger your baby’s health.
The extra cost of bottled milk equipment
The bottle you buy for your baby can be expensive. If you choose to bottle formula for your little one, you will have to buy a bottle of milk, a cleaning brush, and everything you need to disinfect. And you have to buy good quality equipment. All of this can be an additional expense to your monthly budget.
Damages your baby’s immune system
Studies have shown that breast milk improves your baby’s immune system. Formula milk, on the other hand, does not contain essential and natural nutrients. Formula milk also increases the risk of certain infections in babies, such as chest infections, ear infections, urinary tract infections, or diarrhea.
Affects mother-infant bonding
Breastfeeding is a time when the bond between mother and baby develops. When the baby taps on the mother’s breast, it makes skin-to-skin contact. The bottleneck system can be a barrier to this binding.
Bottle feeding is difficult
Carry clean bottles, formulas, baby soup, and other necessities as you travel. Managing these things as well as the child at once can be troublesome. If your baby needs milk in the middle of the night, making bottled milk will interfere with your sleep for a longer period of time.
Breastfeeding keeps the mother healthy
Some studies have shown that mothers who choose to breastfeed have a lower risk of developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and osteoporosis than bottle-fed milk. You can also see this article we wrote earlier about the benefits of breastfeeding for mothers.
Solutions to problems with bottle feeding
Feeding a baby is often not an easy task. When your baby refuses a bottle, you may find that bottle-feeding is more difficult than breastfeeding. When a baby refuses to drink bottled milk, cries or turns his head, or throws the milk out, it is a sign that something is wrong. Here’s what you need to know about how to solve problems with bottle feeding.
Problem 1 – Misinterpretation of hunger
Stepmothers can misinterpret hunger. Babies suck their thumbs for other reasons besides hunger. An infant is more likely to suck because of anxiety, boredom, or fatigue. Many mothers misunderstand this as hunger and try to feed it. But milk can be refused because the baby is not hungry.
If the child refuses to feed, do not force the child. Admit that you have misinterpreted and wait until the child gives clear indications that he is starving.
Problem 2 – Distraction
People are naturally curious. This curiosity can be seen even four months after birth. When a baby is four months old or older, his curiosity makes him more interested in everything around him. So breastfeeding is not a factor that can distract infant-like music and television.
If you feel that your child is distracted, turn off all sounds, such as television and music. It is better to find a quiet room without people, children, or pets.
Problem 3 – Fatigue
Bottled milk can be rejected because the baby is tired. An infant who does not get enough sleep gets tired quickly. It is true that a hungry baby sleeps less, and a sleep-deprived baby refuses milk.
Consult an expert on sleep and nutrition schedules, or create a balanced schedule between feedings and bedtime. Also, make sure the baby is getting enough sleep and try to feed him before he gets tired.
Problem 4 – Solid foods
Infants should be given solid foods after six months of age. Sometimes some babies need solid food earlier. Solid foods usually have more calories and nutritional value. As a result, the baby may lose appetite.
For infants, avoid starting solid foods for less than six months. If you have already started solid foods, try to reduce that amount. If possible, stop all solid foods until the baby is six months old.
Problem 5 – Difficulty switching to bottled milk
If you have breastfed your baby for more than three months, it may be difficult for the baby to switch to bottles. Everything from formulas and changes in the taste of breast milk can cause this problem.
The easiest way is if the baby has a taste problem, add breast milk to the bottle until the baby is used to the bottle to solve the problem. If this does not work, it is advisable to try different soups.