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Breast Milk vs. Baby FormulaIt’s a debate that brings out strong feelings from both sides – should you breastfeed your baby or use formula? It’s not an obvious choice for everyone because there are pros and cons for both methods.

BREAST MILK PRO

Breast milk is called the "perfect food" for a baby's digestive system, with lactose, proteins and fat that are easily digested by a newborn.

BUT…

Breastfeeding requires a major time commitment from mothers. A breastfeeding schedule or the need to pump breast milk during the day can make it harder for some moms to work, run errands, or travel.

BABY FORMULA PRO

Because formula is less digestible than breast milk, formula-fed babies usually need to eat less often than breastfed babies. This helps by reducing overnight feedings that can prevent a mother from getting enough sleep.

BUT…

Formula can’t provide antibodies that give a baby natural protection against infection and illness.

BREAST MILK PRO

Breast milk is free and using formula can cost you up to $1,500 in your baby’s first year of life.

BUT…

Breast feeding isn’t an option for a woman who’s taking certain medications or who finds it physically uncomfortable and difficult to provide enough milk for her baby.

BABY FORMULA PRO

Commercially prepared infant formulas are a nutritious alternative to breast milk, and even contain some vitamins and nutrients that breastfed babies need to get from supplements.

BUT…

Formula-fed babies may have more gas and constipation than breastfed babies.

The list of pros and cons is a long one and you should talk with your doctor if you have questions, but advocates on both sides of the debate can agree on one thing – no one should be pressured or shamed into making their choice. Feeding is a great time to strengthen the special bond between you and your baby, and that’s true if you do it with breast milk or formula.

Contact us with any questions.

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax