March 18, 2013
Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding
In today’s society, many mothers face making the decision to breastfeed or to formula feed. After 36 - 42 weeks of carrying a child, some mothers want their body back. Other mothers want to save money and give their child a nutritious diet. Breast milk is known to be healthier, in conjunction with an amazing way to bond with her child. There are two mottos that have been heard. One saying is “breast is best” and the second is “formula or breast, mother knows best.” Kathryn Blundell, deputy editor for Mother and Baby magazine states “I formula fed. So What? I wanted my body back. (And some wine)…I also wanted to give my boobs at least a chance to stay on my chest rather than dangling around my stomach” (Rock, 2010). Society would understand where she is coming from by wanting her body back but her body will never be the same after carrying a child and going through labor. Many mothers feel they have to fully give up drinking. It has been determined that a mother can have one 4 ounce glass of wine, except that she will need to wait a minimum of 2 hours after to nurse her baby. A mother can pump before she has a glass of wine and give the baby that milk. Breastfeeding has been known to help mothers lose weight. Kathryn Blundell also states, “…You’ll hear tales of agonizing three-hour feeding sessions and – the drama! – bloody nipples” (Rock, 2010). Breastfeeding can be rough because the sore nipples, late night feedings and needing to pump if she is a working mom. Jobs may let her take a break to go pump to help keep the production of milk going. Regardless of the choice between breastfeeding and formula feeding, there will be late night feedings. “They’re part of my sexuality, too - not just breast, but fun bags. And when you have that attitude (and I admit I made no attempt to change it), seeing your teeny, tiny, innocent baby...