Paced Bottle Feeding: How To Introduce To Your Baby
Lots and a lot of moms need to use bottles with their breastfed child for whatever reason - many because they're returning to work. Since someone other than you is likely to be feeding your baby while you're away, it's an excellent idea to educate your child's care providers on the best way to feed your breastfed baby. And that’s through paced bottle feeding.
So, What's Paced Bottle Feeding?
If you’re going away too soon, learn to pace feed your child and have your nanny do it too!
Paced bottle feeding is a method for feeding a baby that's more mimicking to the way the baby feeds with his mother's breast. It's often practiced before the baby gets to take his milk directly from the bottle.
Paced bottle feeding will seem familiar to the baby because it copies the way he sucks the milk from his mother. The change will also be less stressful for him as well.
It's also easy to over feed a breastfed baby with the standard bottle feeding technique, so this method will assist mothers to ensure that does not happen. With paced bottle feeding, your baby will get a good latch and will be capable of determining how rapidly or slowly they suck - just like they do at the breast.
Make certain you're using a narrow baby nipple on the bottle, even when your child is older. It will help your kid control the flow of milk. If you want to know more about it, see a video of it here.
Benefits Of Paced Bottle Feeding
You've seen your child have his first paced bottle feeding, and you will do it once again when he's hungry. Why, though? Other than it's essential to his pacing, this bottle feeding technique is packed with benefits to his well-being!
- The baby is in-charge on how much he drinks. He can take a few sips or so until he is full. He will only digest what he can swallow at his age. A slow flowing nipple gets him to control his feeding. We cannot stress this enough!
- Baby won't be gassy. Colic is a pain a baby get to experience when chugging down loads of milk, and not having it digested properly, can cause stomach ache, bloating and gassy pain. Refer to "Best Bottles For Colic" in here.
- Easy transition from breast to bottle. A baby can tell that the bottle's nipple is not his mother's breasts. But how abruptly does the milk flow can send him to a whirlwind of stress. Yes, even babies can get anxious when being presented something new. He wants to cling to something he knew already rather than something different. A slow-flow nipple causes a "nipple confusion" to the baby because the flowing of milk is similar to that of breastfeeding.
- Continuation of mother and baby relationship. Though it's done with a bottle, this feeding technique still helps in stimulating a deeper bond between mother and child since she gets to hold her baby near her and support his body position. That gentle touch or nearness makes the baby a lot of ease and comfort.
- Build a healthy eating routine. As your baby will get used to the idea of just eating until he is satisfied, and not full, he will only eat until he gets to satiate his hunger when he's older. The feeding technique will go down on his subconscious to eat what he just needs.
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How To Do Paced Bottle Feeding?
There's a particular way of feeding the baby safely for him not to choke or undergo and swallowing issues that can endanger his life. If the feeding is done properly, your child will get the same nutrients he has when sucking your breast and be able to get used to this new support 'breastfeeding' relationship. It makes a smooth shift from breast to bottle.
Learn how to do paced bottle feeding! This is 8 tips for you:
Let the baby be in an almost upright, reclined position with his head up and straight. Kids at this age don't know how to hold their heads and sit up properly. Therefore they can choke themselves when swallowing their milk.
Use a small nipple for slow-flowing. Slow flow nipple holes help in controlling the baby's sucking. A standard nipple hole is dangerous at this age because it's bigger than slow flows and would let the child take in more milk than he can drink.
Don't force the bottle's nipple into your baby's mouth. Let your baby control when he should drink. You can fondle your child's lips until he opens his mouth. Let your child freely take in the nipple if he wants to.
Let the baby suck three to four times before pausing.
Remove the bottle from his mouth but let it rest on his lips. A break from feeding gives your child the ability to swallow and control his intake of milk.
Observe if your baby is done taking his milk and would like to have another gulp. He can fidget around, make a fuss or reach out for the bottle. If he does, gently put back the bottle in his mouth.
Allow your child to suck three times before pausing. Do this until your baby seems to be full. You will know it when he turns around or fidget and does not accept the nipple back in his mouth.
Paced bottle feeding will take about 15 minutes or so. The time it right!
And this video shows exactly how to pace bottle feed an infant in real-time.
Things To Look Out For
Has your baby consumed too much milk or chug down way too fast? Keep an eye for any indication of tension from the baby like choking or the widening of his eyes.
Paced bottle feeding is different from standard bottle feeding methods. If you child is gulping rapidly, see the results below:
- Your baby stiffens
- Fidgets due to uneasiness
- Heavy breathing and choking
- Skin appears to be blue due to lack of air
- Foaming milk forming on his mouth
- Eyes bulging
Stop his feeding session when one of these signs occur. Too much milk will not only choke him but would cause gastrointestinal problems.
And remember, don't coerce your child to finish his bottle of milk.
Teach Your Baby Sitter Or Caregiver How To Do Paced Bottle Feeding
We get it. Being away from your baby and letting someone else do your motherly job gets you all jittery and scared. What you can do is to teach your sitter how to pace bottle feeding.
In any case, leave your number and a number to the nearest hospital when things go awry. Constant communication between you and your babysitter is what you need to relieve your unwanted stress.
A smooth transition is what you need for your baby to shift from breast feeding to bottle feeding. An abrupt change of feeding habits will cause stress to your child. A paced bottle feeding method lets your child change to a more conducive nursing technique as he grows older while you go back to work without worrying.
What about you? Do you think paced bottle feeding is a good method? Tell us of your experiences below!