The decision to breastfeed or bottle feed your baby is completely unique to you, and should be based on however you feel most comfortable.
It’s generally recognised that breast milk is better for a newborn baby due to the nutritious value and strength building benefits that support your baby’s immune system in a way that formula milk can’t, and The Department of Health advise mums to breastfeed for at least the first six months of your baby’s life.
However, many mums aren’t physically able to breastfeed, whilst for others breastfeeding isn’t an option for reasons beyond their control.
If you are deciding whether to breastfeed or bottle feed, there are lots of factors to weigh up. But, when deciding what’s best for you and your baby, consider the pros and cons and be sure to talk through your plans and get advice from your health visitor as well.
Pros of breastfeeding
Cons of breastfeeding
Pros of bottle feeding
Cons of bottle feeding
Did you breastfeed or bottle feed? What sort of experience did you have? Let us know in the comments below!