Before we go ahead on this controversial topic of breastfeeding vs formula feeding, make sure to keep plenty of tissues handy while watching the above video and to treasure the message close to the heart. While the debate on whether formula is better than breast milk and vice versa continues to blur the lines of parenthood, the main question is not which is better but just a difference in method. Let’s explore the benefits of each.
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1. Free, Free, Free
While formula can cost a bomb especially with content scares lately, breastmilk is free and does not dig into your wallet. Initial investments can include breast pumps, breast milk freezer bags and bottles for the more equipped moms.
2. No need for hot water, milk bottles & formula containers
You can travel light without the hassles of lugging along a thermos flask, portioned out formula in their individual containers and bottle sterilizers. Just need to pre-plan your clothing to ensure easy access for baby when hungry.
3. Instant Supply
Breastmilk is fuss free to the experienced breastfeeding moms. After overcoming some initial challenges, this instant milk supply is ready to go for baby straight away at the right temperature and right consistency. There is no need to worry about wrist testing or having too much.
Formula Feeding Pros
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1. No need for pain & eat what you want
Initial breastfeeding challenges can include painful cracked nipples or swollen mastitis/blocked ducts and as any Malaysian mom is well aware of all the food ‘pantangs’ that continue in order to avoid weird tasting breastmilk. Formula feeding eliminates these restrictions and you are back to eating anything you want.
2. No need for accessible outfits
Who needs to invest into bras that open up or a top that will help conceal when breastfeeding. Formula feeding means you can channel your outfit moolah towards formula purchasing and you can definitely scoot back into your favourite top that doesn’t allow extra space for a baby.
3. No weird gawkers
Bottle feeding when out and about is a easily received in public. However, sometimes a hungry child cries is hard to bear. Sadly, inappropriately, anyone could just post photos like these throughout the internet without your permission.
Most importantly, despite our opinions, we need to remember that we are parents first. Being a parent is an absolute gift and therefore we should keep in mind that every parent just wants to do what is best for their child. Let’s embrace the different types of parents like we embrace our different cultures. Malaysia Boleh!