Parents advise

Natural feeding versus bottle


The basic knowledge of every mother about breastfeeding usually begins and ends with the statements: feed as often as possible, as long as possible, on demand, anywhere and only breastfeeding. To a large extent, that's right: mother's food contains natural antibodies, it's neither too fat nor too thin, has an ideal temperature and always tastes good. Sometimes, however, various circumstances lead moms to feed the baby with a bottle, which most often meets with a wave of senseless criticism. I will write a few words based on my own experience about why it is sometimes worth deciding to switch to a bottle.

Natural feeding ... bottle

I remember that I had no food right after giving birth. Colleagues in the postpartum room were dripping with food, and I was struggling for 40 minutes with a breast pump that looked more like a milking machine than accessories for a young mother, in order to see two drops of food at the bottom of the bottle - literally.

This is not a comfortable situation, neither for mother nor for the toddler who sucks his breast and does not eat much. Hospital specialists from the lactation clinic were steaming with anger that the firstborn could not put the baby to her breast. Meanwhile, the child was hungry and upset that he could not eat. After three visits of "lactation specialists" who massaged my breasts, pressing, pulling, pinching and performing a lot of unnecessary and unmoving movements, there was finally one young and conscious doctor who decided that food would come with time, and until this happens, the child must be fed artificially.

The basic principle of artificial feeding of a newborn baby is not feeding milk from the bottle. The baby's mouth is arranged differently by sucking the breast and the bottle teat differently - the bottle sucks easier and with less effort, so a child who learns to eat from the bottle from the first days of life may then not want to make the effort of sucking the breast.

In the hospital I was shown how to give my daughter an artificial mixture with a small glass - difficult but feasible. I looked with relief at the fed child, secretly enjoying the fact that I saved myself hurt and painful warts. After leaving the hospital, food still did not appear, so at home we were forced to give our daughter artificial milk from a bottle. And what? And nothing - there was no drama.

The child woke up, in a moment, without much effort eating and sleeping. Food, however, finally appeared. I tried to get used to and teach my daughter to suck her breast for a long time, but she just didn't eat enough - she was angry and tired, and I was quite helpless, until I came up with the idea of ​​not obstructing my life and feeding the baby with my food, but ... from a bottle.

So I was expressing milk with the help of a breast pump, dividing it into portions, freezing the reserve and if necessary both me and every other household member could feed my daughter without any obstacles. Pros? I had no idea what those sleepless nights were: I got up for my daughter every two or three hours, heated the food that she ate from the bottle on the deckchair in five minutes and went to sleep, and I went with her. The older she was, the larger she ate portions: she didn't fall asleep at her breasts, ate the same amounts regularly, which allowed me to control my daily food intake. In addition - most importantly - it did not give me a feeling of nuisance related to sleeplessness (I got up for feeding once, my partner once), with sore breasts, getting up at tens of minutes at night (our ritual lasted at most ten minutes), and thus I didn't recognize the burden of having a newborn baby at home. After about three months, the daughter ate regularly enough to sleep almost all nights.

The balance of profits and losses

Feeding your toddler with natural bottle food has as many pros and cons. First of all, the natural food given to the baby from the breast is hygienic, has an ideal temperature, and at the same time feeding itself is part of an important ritual that creates a unique bond between mother and child. However, if for some reason, e.g. due to lack of food, specific breast structure or other defects, we are not able to give the child breast milk, let's not get paranoid!

The feed for natural feeding is huge, and yet modern baby mixtures are rich in various vitamins, probiotics and other substances that enrich baby's food and reflect mother's natural food as faithfully as possible. On the market we have a choice of a full range of products with different properties, compositions and prices. We can buy modified milk against rainstorm (thickens in the stomach), with reduced cow's milk protein content (for children with delicate stomachs), completely free of protein (for small allergy sufferers), with bacteria supporting immunity and many others. An experienced pediatrician will help you choose the right milk.

Giving the baby milk in a bottle, regardless of whether it is mother's milk or the modified mixture has some disadvantages: first, we must take care of the sterility of the bottles; secondly, after some time, both natural and modified milk are no longer suitable for giving to the child, and therefore wasted; thirdly: you have to pay for an artificial mixture and it is quite a lot. The breast is unrivaled here: hygienic, always ready and free.

The door handle fell: a bottle and that's it!

For mothers who need to get back to work quickly, have no or not enough food, for those who take medication that gets blood through their food, and for those who simply cannot cope with breastfeeding, the bottle is a godsend.

In my case, the bottle turned out to be a bull's-eye: the baby woke up at certain times for feeding, got food that I had pulled before, ate and slept on. Mum is happy and rested, because dad also helps in feeding and getting up. Artificial expressing, however, has the disadvantage that it should be kept extremely regular, otherwise the food will disappear. When the amounts of food needed for the child increase, expressing takes longer and longer, and finally begins to tire. The situation is different with artificial mixtures: here it is only necessary to ensure that the milk has the right temperature and is prepared in hygienic conditions.
Bottle feeding has the unquestionable advantage that each family member can take part in it. The sight of my dad feeding the baby lying on his lap is priceless ...

Supermama with a bottle

Although natural feeding is most convenient and most hygienic, bottle feeding can be just as satisfying, and at the same time more convenient, efficient and faster. Nobody said that a mother with a bottle is a worse mother, just like nobody has proved that a child with a bottle is a less happy child. That's why dear mothers, let's not be afraid of bottles! They were invented to make our children live better, and make us more comfortable, happier and easier.