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Bottle-feeding or Breastfeeding – What Will You Choose?

With all the decisions mothers face on a daily basis, it is very easy to feel overwhelmed. Advice is more abundant in our lives now than ever before and yet we still may feel alone and frustrated. If only we had a round table of experts at our beck and call – ready and willing to give us all the information we need to make the best decision for our little ones.

Thankfully, Pea in the Podcast has us covered.

One of the greater (and controversial) decisions we make is whether we will choose to bottle-feed or breastfeed our baby. If you are wondering what will be best for you, or even if you have already decided how you will feed your baby the following podcasts provide us with a wealth of information to help us along the way:

“All About Feeding: Breastmilk, Formula, Allergies and More”

Pediatricians and Lactation consultants will weigh in with facts and advice on breastfeeding and bottle-feeding alike.

“Well obviously breastfeeding is going to have some real significant advantages for moms, or for babies rather. We have to keep in mind that breast milk is a living, breathing product that contains hemoglobin and other things that help boost a baby’s immune system and even boost their intelligence.”

“Formula is nutritionally complete, there are some differences in infectious outcomes that we’ve seen breastfed versus bottle-fed babies but for those parents who can’t breastfeed they can feel reassured that the formulas that are available on the market today are actually quite complete.”

Also in this podcast are tips on how to overcome some of the challenges of breastfeeding and bottle-feeding. You will get some insight on allergies – how to recognize these allergies as well as how to deal with them. You’ll also hear what other moms have to say about their decisions to breastfeed or bottle-feed and the joys and challenges that came along with their decisions.

“Breastfeeding: Tips, Hints and Advice to Make it Work For You”

In this podcast you will learn about the joys of breastfeeding:

“A woman would want to choose nursing for many different reasons. One is it is just fun, whenever a woman nurses there are hormones that are released into her bloodstream that are very, very relaxing and it feels good to nurse. It’s the natural continuation of the pregnancy.”

You will also learn about the challenges of breastfeeding:

“It’s not instinctive; it’s kind of a myth that all women know how to breastfeed, just like it’s a myth that because you are a man you know how to fix every car or to repair everything.”

Mothers and experts alike will weigh in with tips and advice on how to make breastfeeding not only work for you, but how to make it an enjoyable experience for both you and baby. You’ll also hear practical advice on getting back to work while continuing to breastfeed.

“Bottle Feeding: Whether It’s Formula or Breastmilk, How to Prepare for the Bottle”

If bottle-feeding is the right path for you, this podcast has it all. You’ll get a crash course in choosing the right bottles and nipples for your baby as well as an explanation of BPA’s.  You’ll hear the trials and errors of other mothers and the challenges that may come along with formula feeding including cow’s milk intolerance. (Note: This is also a rare occurrence in breastfed babies as well.)

“With formula feeding — like with breastfeeding — there are challenges, and one of the big ones is that a lot of babies are sensitive to cow’s milk protein. Of course, formula is made of cow’s milk, not human milk. You can’t predict who will have trouble and who won’t, but if you have a cow’s milk protein sensitive baby — and I did — after a couple of weeks you will definitely know it.”

You’ll also hear tips from mothers like you on how to make bottle-feeding easier.

“I would fill a bottle with tap water before we would leave home and just keep it in the diaper bag, and when it was time for her to eat, I’d put the formula in, shake it up, press the air out and feed it to her, and she was happy with that.”

Whether you are planning on feeding your baby formula, pumping your breastmilk, or choose a combination of breastfeeding and formula-feeding, this podcast will answer all your questions related to feeding your baby with a bottle.

Whether you are a new mommy or have been a mommy for a while, we can all agree that one of our greatest needs is support. We need to know that whatever decision we make for our babies we’ll have the right tools and encouragement needed to make it work. These podcasts are all about support – with experts and mommies like you ready with the information and encouragement you need to succeed in your journey of Mommyhood.

So when it comes to feeding your baby, what will you choose? What factors influence you (or have influenced you) the most in your decision to breastfeed or bottle-feed?  What have been your personal joys and challenges?  Listen to the podcasts and feel free to weigh in below!

Bottle-feeding vs. Breastfeeding: Pros and Cons

Among the many decisions every expecting mother must make, how we choose to feed our new little bundles is one of the most important. It probably seems everyone in your life has an opinion on this: your mother, your neighbor, your grandmother, your co-worker, your friend, your friend’s co-workers’ grandmother… and the list goes on. While advice and opinions on this matter may be well-intentioned, they can also tend to be overwhelming for a mother-to-be. Each mother must carefully consider both options and make an informed decision on what is best for her and her baby.

We have all heard the motto “Breast is Best”. It is plastered on our ob/gyn’s wall, in our pregnancy books and we even hear it on television. However, there are pros and cons for breastfeeding and bottle-feeding alike.



  • Can create a unique closeness between you and your baby.
  • May help you lose weight faster – Breastfeeding burns up to 600 calories a day. Of course, a mother who is breastfeeding needs to consume more calories a day. Talk to your nutrition specialist about your diet so that you may optimize your weight loss while breastfeeding.
  • Helps the uterus to shrink faster and reduces bleeding
  • Decreases your risk of certain cancers, type 2 diabetes and strengthens bone density
  • Enhances your baby’s immune system – There is nothing on the market that will match the natural antibodies found in your breast milk.
  • Reduces your baby’s risk of upper respiratory problems (asthma, allergies, etc.), chronic diseases (diabetes, obesity, hypertension, etc.), and SIDS
  • Babies who are breastfed are more likely to excel in school
  • Breast milk may be easier for your child to digest – Some breastfed babies spit up less often than their formula-fed peers. This, however, is not a hard and fast rule.
  • Content in breast milk changes to suit your baby’s changing needs – The colostrum milk (a thick, sticky substance usually yellow to orange in color) produced during pregnancy and in the early days of breastfeeding works as a laxative to help your baby pass his early stools. It also works as a “vaccine” to protect your baby from environmental viruses in his early stages of life. After about two or three days, your milk supply will change to mature breast milk (thinner, opaque to white substance).
  • Less expensive than buying formula – Breastfeeding is not necessarily “free”. Breastfeeding mothers must invest in nursing bras and breast pads to prevent leaking. However, on a long term basis, this is still less expensive than buying formula.
  • Available anytime, anywhere


  • Increases your risk for breast infection or mastitis
  • Higher levels of jaundice are found in babies who are breastfed
  • Baby may get dehydrated easier
  • Risk of cavities in infants who are breastfed for over a year – Please note, however, that the risk of cavities is still higher for formula-fed babies.
  • Risk of rickets (vitamin-D deficiency) – especially in darker skinned babies
  • Not necessarily convenient – Although promotion for breastfeeding has made leaps and bounds over the years, there are few places in public that cater to the breastfeeding mother. Many mothers can end up feeling very frustrated over this severe oversight.
  • Must always be available for feeding or provide pumped breast milk if absent – After a long pregnancy and grueling delivery, a new mother needs her rest to recover. Newborns must eat every two to three hours for the first weeks of life. The constant caring for her newborn can leave an already tired mother feeling even more fatigued.
  • First weeks of breastfeeding may be very painful
  • Certain medications can interrupt breastfeeding
  • Your diet can have an effect on the baby



  • Allows father and other family members to bond with baby – This also allows the mother to get some much needed rest or “alone” time.
  • Sometimes more convenient – Once the bottle is made you can feed your baby anytime anywhere.
  • You don’t have to worry so much about your diet as it won’t affect your baby
  • Easier to monitor the amount of food your baby is eating
  • Some formulas provide vitamins and nutrients that breastfed babies have to get through supplements
  • Since most formulas are richer than breast milk, frequency of feedings may be decreased


  • Although nutritious on their own, formulas just don’t match the antibodies and nutrients of breast milk
  • You will have to strictly follow the preparation instructions – Unless you buy pre-made formula (which only lasts a few hours in the refrigerator once opened) you will have to go through the tedious process of boiling water for each bottle for at least the first six months.
  • According to your baby’s preference, you may have to warm up the bottle before each feeding – This is especially inconvenient while out and about.
  • Baby’s stomach may be more easily upset with formula as it is harder to digest
  • More expensive – Depending on the brand you choose, formula can cost between $50 and $200 per month.

There are so many decisions you have ahead of you with regards to yours and your baby’s well-being. You shouldn’t have to feel pressured to go one way or the other when it comes to whether you breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby.  Every mother’s set of circumstances is different. Every baby is different. Choose which option is best for both of you and move on with this wonderful new phase of your life. Afterall, the most important thing you can give to your baby is your love and affection – and that isn’t hard at all!

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