Among Omani babies, bottle-feeding and breast feeding habits are widely different. Some health practitioners advise breast feeding as it helps to guard against diseases, avoid allergic reactions and protect against some of the most common chronic conditions prevalent in the modern world. However, the advantages and disadvantages of breast feeding must also be weighed against the dangers posed by the bottle, which is the primary source of nutrients for infants.

Breast milk is the best food for infants and is not only nutritious but also has the added benefit of being pleasant to their taste buds. Bottle feeding or bottle-feeding formulas is often preferred by those who wish to supplement their infant's diet with breast milk.

There are many benefits of breast-feeding. The obvious ones include the assurance that your baby is receiving the required nutrition; this can only be guaranteed if the mother breastfeeds her baby. Breastfeeding is also the best way of ensuring that you get regular deliveries of antibodies to fight off any illness that your child may acquire. Another benefit is that breast-feeding is the only way to ensure that the baby develops healthy skin.

If you decide to bottle feed your baby, make sure you choose an easily digestible and relatively cheap liquid, like olive or almond oil, so that your baby can easily absorb the nutrients contained in it. Avoid sweetening anything as the taste may be too strong for the baby to digest. Also, don't use milk substitutes. A milk substitute does not provide the same amount of nutrition as breast milk and therefore may have the opposite effect. You could also consider using soy milk, although this option doesn't suit all babies.

You should remember that breast milk has been found to contain certain quantities of antibiotics which may harm babies. For this reason it is important for parents to make sure that the bottles they are using do not have antibacterial agents. To prevent this from happening, it is advisable to only use bottles that are approved by the World Health Organization.

Breast-feed babies who are older than the first six months will require formula-feeding. Formula-feeding can be a bit difficult for older infants because breast milk may not be able to provide the adequate amounts of necessary nutrients. If you are breastfeeding a baby who is older than six months, consider switching to a bottle of formula if he or she cannot eat solid foods yet.

Older babies may also be less likely to understand the benefits of breast milk. However, studies have shown that most children enjoy a considerable amount of benefits when they are breastfed.

Although the majority of mothers prefer to breast feed, there are other factors that may influence the decision to breast feed or not, such as convenience and ease of handling. Some women opt for bottle-feeding for health reasons, for instance if their baby seems to dislike nursing, they may find that bottle-feeding is the most convenient way to breastfeed.

The success of breast feed varies among babies. If you are having problems with the baby's latch-on technique or any other problems, it would be helpful to talk to your baby's pediatrician about it and he or she can suggest the best solution to improve upon the process.

Breastfeeding is a highly rewarding experience for most women. Not only are the benefits great for you and your baby, but it has also been proven to be beneficial to mother and baby. through reduced risks of infant death and SIDS. as well as decreased risk of developing certain diseases like arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure and even diabetes.

Breastfeeding also increases the chances of your baby being born to a healthy mother or father. A lot of research has shown that mothers who are breastfeeding during pregnancy have healthier children, both in terms of intelligence and overall health, and less likelihood of having a preterm delivery.

Breastfeeding provides a number of other benefits to the baby as well. In the long term, breast feeding helps them develop a stronger immune system, reduces the risks of developing cancer and asthma and has also been known to reduce the risk of postpartum depression, heart attack and some types of cancers. It is one of the simplest forms of bonding and it provides the baby with natural nutrients such as antibodies.