Breast or bottle feeding? All the pros and cons at a glance

Borst- of flesvoeding? Alle voor- en nadelen op een rij

When your baby is born, his diet will consist only of milk for the first few months. During pregnancy you have probably already thought about which food you want to give your baby. Some mothers are very firm in their choice of breast or bottle feeding, while other mothers prefer to leave all options open. Whatever your choice may be, whether you choose the bottle, breast, expressed milk or formula, there is no right or wrong. What matters is the love and attention with which you do it. In this guide we list all the pros and cons to help you make a choice that works best for you and your family.

Breastfeeding benefits

  • Breast milk naturally contains antibodies that strengthen your baby's immunity against viruses and allergies.
  • You always have your milk with you, everywhere you go. So no hassle with taking along and boiling bottles and teats.
  • Your breast milk is completely tailored to your baby. As your baby gets older, the composition of the breast milk changes with your baby.
  • Breastfeeding is free. And who doesn't love free?
  • Breastfeeding is easier to digest than bottle feeding. This reduces the risk of constipation and vomiting for your baby.

Disadvantages of breastfeeding

  • Breastfeeding is not self-evident. It often takes some time before you and your baby are in a nice flow.
  • Only you can feed your baby. This can be quite spicy, especially in the first months when your baby still drinks regularly at night.
  • Your milk production is largely dependent on your physical and mental health. For example, if you are less comfortable in your own skin, your milk production can decrease.
  • You never know exactly how much your baby has drunk.
  • If things go a bit less, you can suffer from sore breasts, cracked nipples or a breast infection.
  • You can't just eat and drink anything. Everything you ingest ends up with your baby through breast milk. A healthy and varied diet when you are breastfeeding is therefore recommended.

Advantages of bottle feeding

Today's bottle feeding is of high quality. It has to meet a lot of quality requirements before it hits the shelves.
You know exactly how much your child has drunk. You don't know this when you're breastfeeding, unless you're expressing, so you have less control over the amount of food your baby gets.
Unlike breastfeeding, you don't have to take what you eat or drink into account.
It is less taxing on your body and mind. It is easier to alternate feedings with, for example, your partner.

Disadvantages bottle feeding

  • Bottle feeding is less well adapted to your baby's digestion. This increases the chance of blockages.
  • When you go out, you should always make sure you take enough food, bottles and teats with you.
  • Bottle feeding is relatively expensive.
  • It does not have the unique composition of breast milk. As good as today's formula is, it does not have the unique composition and antibodies of breast milk.
  • Making bottle feeding is a precise job. For example, the temperature must always be well adjusted to your little one and you will have to boil bottles and teats every day.

Are you planning to breastfeed? through our #tinylibrary you can easily rent a Medela Symphony breast pump. You can rent the stock every two weeks.