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  1. Thanks Thabo,
    I would go for breastfeeding any day. I breast fed all my four children. I am even wondering why there would be a debate between breast feeding and bottle feeding! With bottle feeding everything can go wrong from the baby being allergic to the milk to chocking or drowning. Breast milk has been and will always be the best!

    • Hi Juliet,
      My purpose was to present both sides of the ongoing debate and offer solutions for the challenge of posture either option will entail. That said, thanks so much for sharing your experience and the points you make about bottle-feeding.

  2. Your article does provide both sides of the issue which is better breast feeding or bottle feeding for mothers-to-be to make the difficult choice which way to go.

    I do believe breast feeding is healthier for babies and possibly bottle feeding with formula could be connected to more health problems in babies today, but this is my own personal opinion
    Jeff

    • Hi Jeff,
      I think you make an excellent and fair point. As I told some of my readers, my reason in writing this post was not to take sides on the breast-feeding and bottle-feeding debate. I wanted to present a solution, once the choice is made, to the particular posture problem involved. As I told some of my readers, when it comes to breast-feeding it’s mom who has a problem with posture because so much pressure is put on the spine. Bottle-feeding poses problems for the baby because it often puts them in bad posture. I am hoping that this post offers a solution for either case–mom or baby.

  3. This is an interesting article. I can only share my views based on the choice my Mom made when I was a baby. And back then, it was very simple. Back in the 60s, most mothers in Singapore breast fed their children. And my Mom breast fed my brother and me.

    I do not quite understand the complexity of breast feeding vs bottle feeding. I have seen my brother and my cousins being breast fed when they were babies. And it looked all right and comfortable to me.

    We all turned out all right, too. 🙂

    At the same time, I do agree with you that every Mom is different. What works for one may not work for another, and vice versa. So, every Mom has a choice of what works best for her and her child.

    As such, thank you for this article that gives all Mothers detailed and helpful information about the choices, and how it affects the Mother and child.

    Regarding posture, the Brest Friend Nursing Pillow looks like a good choice too.

    Once again, thank you! 🙂

    • Hi Tim,
      I think most people have very strong and sincere beliefs when it come to the subject of breast-feeding versus bottle-feeding. My reason for presenting both sides was to show the different challenges when it comes to posture—since my focus is correcting posture problems. For example, breast-feeding poses at the challenge of added pressure on the mother’s spine. This can result in bad posture and back pain if not addressed. On the other hand, when it comes to bottle-feeding it’s the baby’s posture that is often the issue. If not addressed this can lead to big problems for the baby who is bottle-feeding.

  4. Thanks so much for the clarifications, Thabo.

    I understand better now what the concerns are.

    I will definitely share this article with any Moms who are open to learn more.

    Once again, thank you so much! 🙂

  5. Victoria

    I most definitely won’t judge those mothers that didn’t or don’t breast feed. My son was never able to take a bottle. For the most part it was ok, but I couldn’t leave for more than a few hours without having to be back to breastfeed him. I would have loved to be able to go out for a few hours and do something without baby. So, I understand those women who were able to get their babies to take formula and didn’t breast feed. In the end I think all that matters is to have a happy healthy baby.

  6. Lisa

    I am so glad that you’re presenting both sides of the issue. For me Breast feeding wasn’t practical. I wanted to be able to sleep and have someone else be capable of caring for my child. I loved formula feeding and would do it again if we ever had a second one. Thanks for this nonjudgmental but informative post.

  7. Allison

    Very intriguing article. Without making any judgement, I have to say that for me breast-feeding my babies was a joyful experience. It was just nice to feel like it is my body that was soothing them. For me breast feeding connects mother to baby in a way that bottle-feeding doesn’t. But that’s just my experience. I appreciate the dialogue that you have started with this topic.

  8. Margaret

    You have done a nice public service with this article. Really, I mean it. I have always hated that people get the impression that you have to choose between all of these polarized camps, it totally doesn’t have to be that way!! Most people will be better off trying what works for them. This might mean trying both or not. The point is that no woman should go on a guilt trip for choosing one over the other. Thanks for this needed, open-minded, perspective.

  9. Ellena

    Thanks, I needed this article. Still not ready to give up breast, but I need to ditch the guilt of thinking about it. This article is so thoughtful and empathic I know it will help no matter what decision I make.

  10. David

    As a guy I can only say that some of the pressure that society puts on women to breast feed is unfair. Enough with the guilt. Formula feeding does not mean failing. It’s one of two options that each have their pros and cons. You simply choose the option that suits your family situation the best.

    • As a man, for whatever it’s worth, I have to say I am in complete agreement with you, David. I think it’s important that men also speak up on this subject and give their partners support.

  11. Rose

    Thanks so much for this balanced presentation. You do a great job of showing the pros and cons of breast-feeding and bottle-feeding. For some women using one and a little of the other works best. For example, If you mostly nurse and use formula only in a pinch, you should be able to pocket at least an extra $400 in your baby’s first year. That saving can be a big deal for some women.Thanks again for this informative and non-biased post.

    • Hi Rose,
      I am so glad that you found the information useful and non-biased. I was tried hard to show both sides of the argument and than provide a solution that would help your posture whether you choose breast-feeding or bottle-feeding.

  12. This is great information and something young mothers do not always think of. I breast fed my children and trying to hold a baby in the right position they get heavy. I use to find myself using a pillow or two to help out so I did not have to scrunch over so much. I am so glad to see that they now have pillows made just for that sure wish they had them when I had my babies.

    • I think there’s a lot more awareness now of the challenges that breast feeding poses to the mother when it comes to taking the pressure of her spine and thus reducing the chances of back pain. I agree with you that the Brest Friend Nursing pillow is a big step in the right direction.

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