Paced Bottle Feeding is the most popular type of baby feeding used in the United States and around the world. It offers mothers several benefits that they cannot get with other types of bottle feeding. It also prevents the risk of injury to the infant’s head from the top of the bottle and head being tipped backwards as well as it also helps prevent the possibility of wind sucking on the nipples.
How does Paced Bottle Feeding work? At the start of each feeding, the mother places her fingers under the breast so she can better control the rate at which her baby drinks from the bottle. Her fingers are then brought up toward the brim of the bottle so they are slightly higher than the nipples. This allows the baby to drink at a more even rate rather than being “sucked in” or “tipped” forward. In this way the infant will not become excited and bottle feed excessively, causing him or her to become unhappy and cry out. These motions also prevent the bottle from being damaged by rapid, continuous spinning.
Benefits of Paced Bottle Feeding While many methods of breastfeeding are recommended by expert lactation consultants as being best for your child, some mothers do find them convenient. Paced Bottle Feeding ensures that babies of all ages can be successfully fed with a basic rate of flow that maintains the most comfort and security for the infant. This method promotes and teaches a positive self-image in babies by teaching them to independently control their milk feeds at different stages of their own development. For these reasons, many parents prefer Paced Bottle Feeding over other more strenuous forms of breastfeeding such as standing or sit-stay-down-stretch. In addition to its positive effects on babies, it has been found that it promotes mothers’ lactation to take advantage of the valuable bonding time that often takes place between the mother and child during feeding. This promotes closeness and bond that will benefit both mother and child as they grow together.
How Does it Work? At its most basic level, paced bottle feeding is simply using your finger to massage your baby’s bottom while you gently pump your breast milk with your hand. The baby’s mouth naturally opens as the pump moves in order to drink. Because you are massaging the bottom of his mouth, he is less likely to latch on to the nipple.
Why Use Paced Bottle Feeding While some methods of breastfeeding may be frustrating and difficult for new mothers to adjust to, studies have shown that paced bottle feeding is the safest technique available. By allowing your baby to learn to experience natural milk flow at different stages of his development, you help develop a sense of independence and stimulate his natural sense of hunger. This helps him make smarter choices when it comes to choosing the food he prefers. Babies who are encouraged to experience natural milk flow tend to eat a wider variety of foods compared to those who are encouraged to use only formula. As a result, they also experience less dental problems, sleep better and have fewer ear infections. Finally, babies who are allowed to experience natural milk flow are more likely to grow up with fuller bodies as they continue to develop.
How to Go About It The easiest way to accomplish paced bottle feeding while still ensuring your newborn’s comfort is to lay down on his back. Simply place a small, loose blanket or towel on his back and position his bottom on your elbow or the small end of your forearm. Your caregiver can then position your forearm so that you are able to pump the milk into his mouth using your fist.
When You Want To Make the Call If your child stops nursing, you can encourage him to start by placing your finger on his mouth so that he starts to feel the milk flowing. However, if your baby has already stopped nursing, you still want to practice keeping his mouth open so that he can nurse if he chooses to do so. Your caregiver helps baby to sip some formula to help get his mouth used to the sensation of gulping it down.
Don’t forget that while you are preparing for paced bottle feeding, you will still need to practice holding your breastfed baby for the same amount of time – in the same way that you would when he is still a newborn. That way, your baby gets used to the idea of nursing from you, which is one of his primary ways of bonding with you. And once he nurses a little more frequently, you may find that he prefers to nurse from you exclusively rather than bottle feed from a bottle. Just keep practicing and you will find that he is comfortable doing so.