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Breast or Bottle

Discussion in 'Pregnancy & Parenting' started by Snowbaby, Nov 30, 2004.


In your opinion which is better?

  1. Breast Milk

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  2. Formula Milk

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  3. Both

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  1. Snowbaby

    Snowbaby Active Member

    Heya ladies,

    Just out of interest, in your opinion, what do you think is best for babies?

    Breast milk or formula milk? Or maybe both? Have your say! :D
  2. Snowbaby

    Snowbaby Active Member

    I voted for both. I dont have any children as yet but I have nannied for a few years.

    I believe that a baby gains all the good nutrients and antibodies from breast milk, and therefore my personal feeling is breast is best. However, I think formula milk is a good "next step" after breast feeding. :)
  3. anjelgirl

    anjelgirl New Member

    Being a mother and breast feeding both of them I'd say breast not only for the health of your child but you have the bonding process that is the best thing in this world and also it helps you get back down to size by contracting as you feed, also helps control bleeding. It hurts until you get used to it (3 to 5 days) but after that you would never know they were on, that is until they bite!!!! :eek:

    But I also think there is nothing wrong with bottle feeding formula as it is as clse as breast milk as possible!!!
  4. Snowbaby

    Snowbaby Active Member

    YOUCH!!!!!! lol!!! :/
  5. Tia

    Tia New Member

    I voted both, as a mum of 3 I found that in babies best interest you have to be healthy and relaxed.
    There's way to much guilt on women to breastfeed.
    Breast when successful is a great choice, but it's not always like the movies. A lot of things can happen and I think we should support women to make the best choice for themselves.
    You don't need to breastfeed to bond with a baby, bonding is created by the interaction you have with baby.
  6. anjelgirl

    anjelgirl New Member

    breastfeeding helps the bonding process very much as a mother and child bond, anyone can interact with the baby, but the comfort and soothing feeling that a baby gets from breastfeeding in the bond I'm talking about
  7. Tia

    Tia New Member

    I've still got to disagree, I've seen women breast feed without interacting with the baby. It's like hurry up and get off me kid.
    Breast or bottle, it's all the same to a hungry child. You're filling the need for nourishment. With either method the baby is held close, touched and spoken to all the things needed for bonding. Comfort and soothing come from the person holding baby close.
  8. anjelgirl

    anjelgirl New Member

    so your telling me that when you bottle feed a child you still hold the baby in your arms as close to you as you would when breastfeeding when that child is 6 months or older.
  9. Snowbaby

    Snowbaby Active Member

    I can understand what both of u are trying to say.

    I think what Tia is trying to point out, is that babies who are bottle fed still bond naturally with the mother. That breast feeding, although is possibly best in many ways for mother/baby, is not essential to bonding or development.

    But I can see ur point also anjelgirl. The closeness between a mother and baby during nursing, is something that cannot be replicated....I'd like to reprhase that part.... May not be so easily replicated.

    This is a contraversal issue, and what one mother feels is right may not be what another agrees with. It's an individual opinion and choice. No one is right or wrong.
  10. Tia

    Tia New Member

    Yes I personally held my children the same way from breast to bottle.
  11. Tiddlyjen

    Tiddlyjen New Member

    Just a lil off topic but not really. my biology teacher was saying if you suffer from swollen boobleboos to put cabbage leaves on them....it may sound dumb but we saw pictues and it works...:blink:
  12. samwella

    samwella New Member

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    I think your wrong. My parents told me that my little sister never liked to be fed from a bottle. She only liked to be breast fed. And because of that, she doesnt like any other kind of milk today. She wont drink Cow milk or Goat milk without putting chocolate in it or something. In the morning, she eats stale cereal. its really sad.
  13. Tia

    Tia New Member

    I should have said a very young baby will take either breast or bottle, it's commonly known if a child is not introduced to a bottle ( breast milk or formula ) by around 6mths of age some will refuse all other milk sources except for the breast.
    I'm not saying put a baby on the bottle but just a feed now and then to get them accustomed to taking the bottle/ cup.
    One of my children did that with a bottle, once he stopped the bottle he refused to take milk from any other source.
  14. Snowbaby

    Snowbaby Active Member

    :lol: LAMO @ boobleboos!!!!!!! :grin:
  15. Tiddlyjen

    Tiddlyjen New Member

    :angel: spanks, but ont he serious side, it really works...

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