Breastfeeding or Formula?

The UK government recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby's life. However, breastfeeding is a personal choice that depends on the mother's feelings and concerns, her lifestyle and in some cases, existing medical conditions.

Some women have a natural instinct to breastfeed and would never dream of offering their babies formula, while others are filled with anxiety and dread at the very thought of breastfeeding.

You will probably decide how you want to feed your baby before he or she is even born, but here are the pros and cons of breastfeeding and formula feeding to help you make an informed choice.

Pros of breastfeeding

Cons of breastfeeding

Pros of formula feeding

Cons of formula feeding

There are many benefits of breastfeeding and it is easy to see why health experts think 'breast is best'. Even breastfeeding for a short time is beneficial to both mother and baby. There is plenty of support and guidance available from midwives, doctors, nurses and lactation consultants to help nursing mothers overcome obstacles to breastfeeding. Also, if you don't want to feed your baby directly from the breast, you can offer expressed breast milk from a bottle.

With all this in mind, breastfeeding is not for everyone. If you choose not to breastfeed, your baby will still grow and develop normally, and turn out just fine.