Paced bottle feedings
Why paced feeding?
- Breastfeeding is a much more active process than bottle feeding and requires more work on the baby's part.
- Research has shown that "nipple confusion" is not a problem for breastfeeding babies, but rather the flow that bottles provide vs. breastfeeding.
- The difference in flow can sometimes cause babies to have a preference or get frustrated at the breast when they have to work harder to get the milk flowing.
- This is why we pace the bottle feedings for breastfed babies.
How to pace feed?
- Have your baby sitting up a bit more in your lap as opposed to laying in a cradled position in your arms.
- Offer the bottle in more of a horizontal position so that not all of the milk is in the tip of the nipple of the bottle.
- Every few sucks, tip the bottle back to pull the milk out of the nipple, and allow baby to take a break.
- This helps promote more of a "suck, swallow, rest" instead of gulping down the milk quickly.
- This mimics the flow and rhythm of breastfeeding.
- Remember to use the slowest flow nipple as well, and take your time with feedings.
- It should take about 10-20 minutes to finish the bottle feeding.
Video example of how to pace a feeding: Click Here