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National Breastfeeding Month: Thank You Moms for Feeding a Nation

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This is a great time to honor the mothers living life in the trenches, taking care of their babies.

All of these moms are operating on little sleep, recovering and reclaiming their bodies from childbirth. At the same time, they're learning as quickly as possible as much as they can about the care and nurture of the tiny new people who have invaded their lives.

New parents are faced with plenty of new situations, and on many fronts, life will never be the same for any of them again. One of the first decisions they'll need to make is how their babies will be fed.

What shall it be, bottle or breast? This question can make new parents feel like they are entering shark-infested waters. Whichever choice they make is an emotionally charged torpedo, for them and sometimes for the people around them.

Lots of moms choose to bottlefeed. Their reasons are their own, and are inviolable. I bottlefed my first child and under the circumstances at the time, I was glad to have that option.

There are pros and cons to bottlefeeding. It's convenient in many respects — Dad or Grandma or a visiting friend can feed the baby, making Mom's time less restricted. For a mother who must leave her baby to go back to work, being able to bottlefeed can make for one less thing to worry about.

On the negative side, it's also expensive, and brings with it the need to choose which formula out there is best, what type of bottles, what type of nipples. Parents are working out what formula to buy, against the backdrop of knowing that the nutrition from breastfeeding is superior to bottlefeeding.

Some mothers find it to be far more time-consuming, as a batch of bottles must be prepared every day, and it's essential to calculate whether or not you have enough formula in enough bottles when going out. Running out of formula can be disastrous, so you just don't ever let that happen.

Breastfeeding also has its pros and cons. The reasons for moms who nurse their babies are also their own, and these are also inviolable. I went this route with four of my babies and was delighted to be able to do so.

National Breastfeeding Month 2016 (#NBM16). Usbreastfeeding.org. Retrieved August 1, 2016.

World Breastfeeding Week. Worldbreastfeedingweek.org. Retrieved August 1, 2016.

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