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The whole medical world has an undivided opinion when it comes to virtues of breastfeeding. It is baby's first defence against a plethora of infections. Apart from providing nutrition and anti-bodies through the milk, process of breastfeeding builds a bond between mother and child.

However, in certain cases, it may not be possible to breastfeed. Reason vary from health to baby's preference. Some babies just do not find it easy to suckle and have to be formula fed.

Breastfeeding must be first choice, but if because of your schedule you are not able to be available for breastfeeding your child, a formula feed becomes an option. You can try both methods as well.

Although breastfeeding is the chosen and recommended method, changing to formula feeding with a bottle is also a valid and healthy choice for babies. Rather than listening to many advises from various quarters, best is to realize what your child wants. Holding your baby close to you while feeding her with bottle in no way reduces your love care for the baby.

Practically, a number of women choose formula feeding due to a number of reasons. The top most amongst these is the poor sucking reflex which is quite common in pre-mature babies. Other than this, working women find it hard to take out time for breastfeeding.

Tender breasts are also a reason why women may resort to formula feeding. Some mothers have to be on medication after delivery. In such cases, breast feeding is not recommended as medication will be passed onto the baby via mother's milk.

Although it is not possible to say that modern formulas are replacement for mother's milk, but they do provide enough nourishment required by the baby. Most formulas use cow's milk or soybeans as their base.

They may not be able to pass antigens to prepare your infant's immune system, but they will definitely provide ample nourishment. Any formula you choose should be iron fortified to prevent anemia.

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