Formula Feeding Advantages and Disadvantages


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In today’s post we talk about the formula feeding advantages and disadvantages as a mother you ought to know.

Breastfeeding is considered the best nutritional option for babies by the major medical organizations, but not every mother can breastfeed.

Commercially prepared infant formulas are a nutritious alternative to breast milk. They contain some vitamins and nutrients that breastfed babies need to get from supplements.

Advantages of Formula Feeding Over Breastfeeding:

  • Either parent (or another caregiver) can feed the baby a bottle at any time (although this is also true for women who pump their breast milk).
  • There’s no need to pump or to schedule work or other obligations and activities around the baby’s feeding schedule.
  • Formula-feeding moms don’t need to find a private place to nurse in public.
  • Formula is less digestible than breast milk. Hence formula-fed babies usually need to eat less often than breastfed babies.
  • Women who opt to formula feed don’t have to worry about the things they eat or drink that could affect their babies.

Disadvantages of Formula Feeding over Breastfeeding:

As with breastfeeding, there are some challenges to consider when deciding whether to formula feed.

  • If mom is out and about with baby, she will need to bring supplies for making bottles.
  • None of the antibodies found in breast milk are found in manufactured formula
  • Formula doesn’t provide baby the added protection against infection and illness that breast milk does.
  • Formula can be costly. Powdered formula is the least expensive, followed by concentrated, with ready-to-feed being the most expensive.

Preparing Formula Milk:

Prepare your baby’s formula by mixing water and the appropriate amount of powdered infant formula.

The packaging on the side of the formula container will tell you how much to use. Carefully follow the directions.

You can use filtered tap water, as long as your local or state health departments have labeled it as safe to drink.

Test to see if the water is cool enough for your baby to drink by shaking a few drops of water on the inside of your wrist. If it stings, it’s still too hot.

Once water has cooled, don’t let it sit longer than 30 minutes before adding it to the formula.

Once prepared, the formula is ready to feed to your baby immediately without additional refrigeration or warming.

Formula that’s been prepared should be consumed or stored in the refrigerator within 1 hour. If it has been at room temperature for more than 1 hour, throw it away.

And if your baby doesn’t drink all the formula in the bottle, throw away the unused portion — never save it for later.

Preparing Formula  in Advance and Storage:

Formula may be prepared ahead of time (for up to 24 hours) if you store it in the refrigerator to prevent the formation of bacteria.

Open containers of ready-made formula, concentrated formula, and formula prepared from concentrate also can be stored safely in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.

Whatever nutritional option you choose, be sure to talk to your doctor about the choices available to help you make the decision that’s best for both you and your baby.

Hope this post was able to give you a fair idea on the advantages and disadvantages of formula feeding.

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About Author

Mrs. Rati Piyush Agrwal is a graduate from Management Development Institute Of Singaore,affiliated to Oklahoma City University,USA. After gaining some hand on experience in Singapore, she decided to devote some quality time to her family. Rati manages the marketing department of the overseas consultant company headed by her hubby. She has always been recognized for her work and her writing. Her family is always on her priority list. If you wish to get counseling on a personal level, feel free to get diagnosed by her.


  1. We never heard the concept of formula powder in India, I mean we have not seen anyone in our family who gave formula milk to kids. Our son born in US when there was no one to help us. Due to hectic schedule, breast milk production was low, so we learned a lot about alternate means of feeding our baby.

    Your article is very helpful to new moms.

  2. Rati,

    Good post and to the point.

    As Veena commented , there a lot many people who look down on who formula feed their baby.

    We have to take care of baby’s health at the end of the day as formula is iron fortified too and much much better than cows milk.

  3. There are a lot of people who are so against formla-feeding and look down upon people who do so! Which is wrong, because when you have milk supply that is not enough for the baby, you have to opt for the next best option.

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