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Successful Bottle Feeding Tips

by Nikki Montgomery

These are useful for moms who choose to bottle feed and for moms that breastfeed, but will be returning to work and dads that will be feeding babies.

We have all been told that breastfeeding creates a special bond between mom and baby, but that doesn't mean that you can't create a special bond while bottle feeding. These tips will help make bottle feeding a more intimate experience and it will also make it easier for baby to take to it.

  • Stay close to your baby. Just because you're not breastfeeding doesn't mean you can't hold your baby skin to skin. Eye contact not only helps you bond with your baby but it's also linked to optimum brain development.
  • Take it slow. Let your baby take his time and enjoy the cuddle time. 
  • Don't prop a bottle. I know you're a mom and you have a ton of stuff to do, but there are a few good reasons not to prop a bottle. You depriving both of you that cuddle time, propping increases the risk of choking, ear infections and tooth decay. These are also good reasons not to put your baby to bed with a bottle.
  • Switch things up. During a feeding switch arms. It's good for your back and it'll make baby happy to have a new perspective.
If you are currently breastfeeding and planning to move baby to a bottle when you return to work. Talk to your hospital's lactation consultant for tips and advice. The lactation consultant, Lora Harris, at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital helped me a lot.
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