|CRDAMC Homepage | CRDAMC Library Phone #: (254) 288-8366 | CRDAMC Library Fax #: (254) 288-8368|
Infant Feeding: Breast or Bottle?
by Karen Schroeder Kassel, MS, RD, MEd
You are a new mother or are anticipating the birth of your child. As you prepare for your baby's arrival, there may be many questions you may have. One might be: Should I breastfeed?
Here are some points to consider when deciding to breastfeed or bottle-feed.
Benefits of Breastfeeding for the Baby TOP
Benefits of Breastfeeding for the Mom TOP
Women who breastfeed their babies experience the following health benefits:
Both parents will likely appreciate the convenience of breastfeeding, including:
Drawbacks of Breastfeeding TOP
If you are unsure as to whether you want to breastfeed, you can try it for a few weeks and switch if it does not work out. Any amount of breastfeeding is beneficial for the baby. Once bottlefeeding is started, though, it is difficult to switch back to the breast.
The Benefits of Bottlefeeding TOP
The Drawbacks of Bottlefeeding TOP
Office on Women's Health
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Womens Health Matters
Breastfeeding. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115517/Breastfeeding. Updated November 7, 2016. Accessed December 13, 2016.
Breastfeeding vs. bottlefeeding. American Pregnancy Association website. Available at:
...(Click grey area to select URL)
Updated August 2015. Accessed December 13, 2016.
Casey CF, Slawson DC, Neal LR. Vitamin D supplementation in infants, children, and adolescents. Am Fam Physician. 2010;81(6):745-748.
Nutrition (pediatric preventive care). EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.... Updated November 21, 2016. Accessed December 13, 2016.
Section on breastfeeding. Breastfeeding and the use of human milk. Pediatrics. 2012;129(3):827-841.
Why breastfeeding is important. Office on Women's Health website. Available at: https://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/breastfeeding-benefits.html. Updated July 21, 2014. Accessed December 13, 2016.
10/12/2010 DynaMed Plus Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.dynamed...: Baker R, Greer F, the Committee on Nutrition. Clinical report—diagnosis and prevention of iron deficiency and iron-deficiency anemia in infants and young children (0-3 years of age). Pediatrics. 2010;126(5):1040-1050.
2/1/2013 DynaMed Plus Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115517/Breastfeeding: Kramer MS, Kakuma R. Optimal duration of exclusive breastfeeding. Cochrane Database System Rev. 2012;8:CD003517.
3/18/2013 DynaMed Plus Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115517/Breastfeeding: Martin RM, Patel R, Kramer MS, et al. Effects of promoting longer-term and exclusive breastfeeding on adiposity and insulin-like growth factor-I at age 11.5 years: a randomized trial. JAMA. 2013;309(10):1005-1013.
Last reviewed December 2016 by Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
Last Updated: 12/14/2016
EBSCO Information Services is fully accredited by URAC. URAC is an independent, nonprofit health care accrediting organization dedicated to promoting health care quality through accreditation, certification and commendation.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
To send comments or feedback to our Editorial Team regarding the content please email us at email@example.com. Our Health Library Support team will respond to your email request within 2 business days.