Infant Nutrition Bottle Feeding Tips
Bottle Feeding Baby
Bottle Feeding Tips
Buying a breast pump is an excellent idea, unless your planning on staying attached to your baby for the next 6-12 months! (Check here for information on how to pump breast milk stress free.)
You deserve nights out, don’t feel bad, your entitled! If you’re exclusively breastfeeding your baby it can be a challenge to start bottle feeding baby. Most doctors or lactation consultants say to wait 6 weeks before introducing a bottle to your baby, to ensure proper nursing habits. The choice is up to you, from my experience waiting too long makes taking a bottle harder on your baby. You will notice that your baby probably won’t take a bottle from you(mom). Babies can smell your breast milk from a cross the room. For the first little while, until your baby gets accustom to taking a bottle, it would probably be easier to get someone else to give the bottle to your baby.
Choose a bottle that is right for you and your baby. This may take some experimenting!
Use a slow flow nipple (Stage 1) to ensure the flow of milk is right for your baby. As your baby gets older you can switch the flow of the bottle to a fast flow nipple.
Always check and re-check the temperature of the milk in the bottle.
Tricks of the trade!
Getting your breastfed baby to take a bottle can be very hard, especially in the beginning. A trick that I use to use is the switch-a-roo.
Place your baby in your arms as you would if you were going to breastfed. If your baby uses a pacifier put it in your babies mouth, letting your baby get use to sucking the pacifier. When you feel they are content, pull the pacifier out and quickly replace it with the bottle.
This may take a couple of tries to perfect but eventually they will get the idea and start sucking.
Feeding the baby Cuddles and comfort are as important for you baby as feeding is. Don’t let anyone tell you that your bottle-fed baby won’t bond with you. There is no reason why bottle -feeding can’t be a warm and loving experience. If it’s summer you can let your baby feel your bare skin. Make sure that you are comfortable. Feeding your baby in an awkward position will only compound the aches and pains most new mothers feel. Never feed your baby while he or she is lying down. The milk can go up the tiny tubes and into baby’s ears causing ear infections. Cradling your baby in your arms is the easiest position. Don’t prop the bottle and leave a young baby to feed itself; it is dangerous. To protect your clothes and your baby’s clothes, remember to put a bib on the baby. Younger babies need to be burped two or three times during each feed. They find it hard to burp naturally on their own. If your baby is crying, screaming and squirming during a feed he or she probably needs to be winded. Sit your baby up (making sure to support the head if he or she is a newborn.) Rub baby’s back gently in round circular movements until he burps. This may take a while. Wind usually becomes less of a problem as a baby gets older. When your baby has finished his bottle tip any left over milk out. Bacteria from your baby’s mouth can be introduced into the milk and multiply quickly. If your baby is a newborn (under 3 months) tip the milk out within twenty minutes after the feed.
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