& bottle feeding
and bottle feeding
Most babies thrive whether they are breast or bottle fed. Feeding will be most successful if you are happy with the method you have chosen. Being aware of the pros and cons of breast and bottle feeding will assist you in making your choice.
If you need advice contact your Maternal and Child Health Nurse, Midwife, Lactation Consultant or the Australian Breastfeeding Association.
Breastfeeding certainly has advantages. It is specially made by your body to meet all the baby’s needs in the first few months of life. It is also the cheapest and easiest way to feed a baby, because you don’t need to buy any equipment (e.g. bottles, sterilising solution), and you don’t need to sterilise bottles, or pre-warm a feed. Breastfeeding is excellent for the mother too – it gives you the chance to sit down and put your feet up, it releases ‘happy hormones’, it helps you relax and helps you get back to your pre-pregnancy figure more quickly. Breastfeeding reduces the risks of your baby contracting illnesses such as gastroenteritis, diabetes, and respiratory tract infections.
If you decide to bottle feed, you will need to purchase a supply of bottles and teats, and a sterilising system. Formula can be bought at most supermarkets. It is important to make up the formula according to the instructions so that your baby will get the right nutrition.
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