When supermodel and mom Gisele Bundchen famously declared that breast-feeding should be required by law, she re-ignited an age-old debate. Is breast-feeding really better? Bundchen isn’t the only one to tout the effects of feeding your offspring the old-fashioned way (and we’ve all heard it burns up to 500 calories a day).
There is a downside, too. Some women simply don’t make enough milk, their babies aren’t able to "latch on" properly, other health issues or illnesses prevent it entirely, or for some women, it’s a fear that breast-feeding can lead to sagging and volume loss in breasts (an issue looked at in-depth in The Bra Book). Plus, sometimes it’s just plain painful!
So whether you prefer the bottle or the boob, here are seven good reasons to choose the latter.