5 Things You Really Need to Know About Bottle Feeding

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Truths about bottle feeding that will help you feel confident in your path of bottle feeding your baby, whether by necessity or choice.

Bottle feeding baby in black and white

by Christine Keys There are so many misconceptions about bottle feeding out there.

I think many of them have developed as a result of the big push to get mothers to breastfeed.

While I 100% am in support of mothers breastfeeding, I am also 100% for allowing moms to make informed decisions.

That can be difficult when dealing with such an emotive subject. If you haven’t already noticed, there are some very strong opinions on how you should feed your baby.

It seems that in this area of parenting, many believe that it is okay to share their opinion on how you choose to parent your child.

Unfortunately, that can cause a lot of conflict and hurt.

This post is about shedding some light on the truths of bottle feeding.

I have breastfed and I have bottle fed so I feel as though I can give some insight into both methods.

You can read about my experiences HERE.

If you are a bottle-feeding mom or are considering it, here are some things that you really need to know about.

#1 Bottle Feeding isn’t Harder than Breastfeeding

I see this said all the time. “I don’t understand why moms choose to bottle feed. Breastfeeding is so much easier!”.

And then they go on to list things like:

  • Not having to clean bottle
  • Not having to warm up milk
  • Having milk ready on demand

And in theory, yes that does make breastfeeding sound easier than bottle feeding, but here’s the thing…

The vast majority of women who choose to feed their baby using a bottle do so because breastfeeding was overwhelmingly difficult for them.

Of course, there are some that choose to bottle feed just because that’s their choice, and you know what? That’s okay too.

However, back to my point.

Breastfeeding is only easier if you’re not having major challenges with it.

For many women, being able to feed their baby with a bottle is 100 times easier than all the breastfeeding battles they faced.

It isn’t without challenges

In saying that bottle feeding can be easier than breastfeeding, that doesn’t mean it isn’t without challenges.

There are many issues that may come up as you bottle feed your baby. However, it isn’t a given that they will.

Take each day as it comes and don’t worry about tomorrow.

Read some of my tips for making bottle feeding easier in this post.

5 things you really need to know about bottle feeding with a black and white picture of a baby drinking from a botle

#2 Bottle Feeding Won’t Harm Your Baby

There is so much scaremongering out there about how detrimental baby formula is.

If that is the case, then I would challenge you to look at my three children and tell me which of them was bottle fed and which was breastfed.

You couldn’t.

There are far too many other contributing factors that could potentially affect their mental and physical health to put it all on whether they were breastfed or bottle fed.

You know what is harmful to a baby? Having a mother that isn’t mentally well.

Sometimes breastfeeding challenges can be so overwhelming that it can be hugely detrimental to the mental health of the mom.

Personally, I would far rather be healthy and happy for my baby while giving them formula, then sacrificing every part of me just so they can have breastmilk.

Breast is best…scientifically.

It is not best for every single circumstance and situation.

We need to stop focusing on one aspect of raising a baby and instead start seeing a wholistic picture.

#3 Finding the Right Bottles Can Be Challenging

Not every bottle is going to work for every baby.

Baby drinking from a bottle image with text about bottle feeding

This can make finding the right bottle both challenging and expensive.

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2 thoughts on “5 Things You Really Need to Know About Bottle Feeding”

  1. Thank you for this post!!! I just stared my 6 week old baby (second child) on formula because of mental health reasons, and have had tremendous guilt as a result. This was refreshing to read.

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