What are the benefits of breastfeeding?

I know I am going to breastfeed when I have a baby but I just wanted to know the benefits. What are the benefits to formula feeding? And what are the cons to both?

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Marah2008

Asked by Marah2008 at 6:21 AM on Nov. 14, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • u bond more with the baby and breast milk is a better for the baby
    chrstny88

    Answer by chrstny88 at 6:30 AM on Nov. 14, 2008

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  • the breast milk will help lessen chances of asthma and allergies. It also is easier to digest and a lot less expensive. Formula is easier to have help feeding the baby (but you can & should freeze your breast milk so you have extra on hand) It takes more effort to get started on breast feeding but once you get established it's not bad. i loved not having to pack on the extra when we would go out
    gerti

    Answer by gerti at 6:59 AM on Nov. 14, 2008

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  • Check out this site about the 101 reasons to breastfeed. http://www.promom.org/101/     Reasons why formula is never the way to go (sans medical intervention). http://www.babyreference.com/InfantDeaths.htm                  


    There are very few cons to breastfeeding and very few pros to formula feeding. Breastfeeding cons would be the fact that breastfeeding while natural doesn't always come naturally. It may take some work and perseverance BUT all you have to do is look into babies eyes and you will know you can overcome anything for that precious being. The pros for formula ALL center around what is best for mom and dad without any consideration for baby. 

    mama_l

    Answer by mama_l at 6:59 AM on Nov. 14, 2008

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  • con't
    This is your first major decision you have to make that is going to impact baby's life FOREVER. It also seems to map the rest of your parenting decisions as well. The question basically boils down to, Are you going to put baby first or yourself?, because we all know breast is best for baby.
    mama_l

    Answer by mama_l at 7:00 AM on Nov. 14, 2008

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  • I wish I could breastfeed! I produce milk like no other... but it actually coming out of my breast is another story. My daughter was always hungry I was feeding her 24/7 it seems, did this for about 1.5 months...I saw a Lactician and they put me on a pump with a motor and everything..still got like a centimeter in the bottle after an hour :( My milk was fully in, but they said my ducts were not large enough to release my milk like they should... As far as the bonding, it doesn't matter with either, bonding with baby depends on you as a person and spending that time with them together.
    leoangel

    Answer by leoangel at 7:13 AM on Nov. 14, 2008

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  • Formula sucks, for one, they are usually gassier, fussier, and honestly it ain't cheap!!! My son actually had to have the Enfamil Nutramigen, the can is half the size of regular formula and costs more...friggin $24 or more a can! If anything, it will save you lots of money if you breastfeed, and I know it can get frustrating, just keep trying it is well worth it!
    leoangel

    Answer by leoangel at 7:13 AM on Nov. 14, 2008

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  • you lose weight faster too...that's awesome!
    MommaCocoaButta

    Answer by MommaCocoaButta at 8:15 AM on Nov. 14, 2008

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  • Lowers your risk for breast cancer. Lowers childs risk of food allergies. Your antibodies pass on to baby if you get sick baby does't get it quite so bad. Weight loss. It is the perfect food for your baby where formula is just a generic guess, and not personally suited. Formula increases risk of SIDS (as does belly sleeping, overheating, ect.). Breastfeeding requires no prep. No daggone bottles to wash, and nothing to prepare. Easy when going out (trust me...it is so nice not to have to make bottles and figure out how long we will be gone to figure out how much to take with you.
    ColleenF30

    Answer by ColleenF30 at 8:23 AM on Nov. 14, 2008

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  • BF'ding decreases the risk of baby getting many diseases, decreases moms risk of breast cancer, may increase IQ, saves money, is easier once you get the hang of it-just lift your shirt instead of washing and preparing bottles, you can sleep while you nurse-or at least lay down, you and baby get a rush of happy hormones every time, it helps you lose weight, helps your uterus contract down to original size, can act as birth control if done properly, can keep periods away, can be used for ear and eye infections, very soothing for a sick/ hurt baby/toddler, can be used on skin problems, poop won't stink as long as you don't give anything but bm, farts, burps & spit up stink less!,
    TanyaR1024

    Answer by TanyaR1024 at 9:03 AM on Nov. 14, 2008

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  • spit up doesn't stain like formula, I'm sure there is more! Benefits of formula-if you absolutely have to take a medication that would hurt baby and there are no safe alternatives, or if you are 1 of the less than 3% of women who can't breastfeed. That's all I can think! Congrats on making the best choice for your baby! If you haven't already, join one of the bf'ding groups. They will help you be succesful. Good luck!
    TanyaR1024

    Answer by TanyaR1024 at 9:04 AM on Nov. 14, 2008

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