Re: Is Bottle Feeding advisable ?
Nipple confusion is one of those bottle-feeding risks that you can't completely avoid. If bottle-feeding is necessary, you can mitigate the risks somewhat by making bottle-feeding as much like breastfeeding as possible. Use appropriate amounts- if the baby is drinking a couple of oz at the breast, she doesn't need more than an oz or two of supplement as a top-off. When it is time to bottle-feed, cuddle the baby close to your bare chest, and tickle her lips with the bottle nipple until she opens WIDE. That way you're not teaching your baby sloppy latch habits by slipping a bottle into a half-open mouth. Pause the feeding after about an oz or so, to give baby a chance to decide whether or not she is really full and also to remind her that feeding is a process with natural ebbs and flows, not a constant process of swallowing. Switch the baby from side to side while using the bottle. And finally, conclude the feeding with more time at the breast.
Definitely keep the baby relatively upright when using the bottle, holding her in your arms and close to your body rather than having her lie flat. And keep the bottle as level as possible, so that the baby has to work to get milk from the bottle, instead of having the milk pour into her mouth.
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