Bottle Feeding tips for Breast feeding babies
Breast feeding or formula is one of the first and most critical decisions that expecting mothers must make for their baby. Everywhere you search on the internet, parenting books and magazines all say breast milk is the best choice for the health of your child. Everyone is different, no individual situation, health or lifestyle is the same. Whether you decide to use formula or breast feeding, bottle feeding is inevitable. In our modern world, bottle feeding is essential to our child’s development, despite your preference of formula or breast milk. What seems to be missing in most reviews is: “Is the breast always the best choice?”
I must say a qualified “no.”
Starting in the 20th Century, mothers have been able to easily choose both. Yes, that’s right! With the advent of electrical breast-milk pumps, our professional mothers have been able to pump their breast milk each day into storage containers, which are then refrigerated for their child’s husband or caretaker to use in baby bottles throughout the day. On the other hand, there are those mothers with multiple kids needing to feed more than one at the same time or simply recognized that feeding with a bottle or Sippy Cup while driving is an excellent way to care for her child while parent is driving from destination A to B.
In this way, bottle feeding is not actually used to replace breast feeding, but a way to expand it. Yes, this is a no brainer when you think about it, but the problem is that many do not consider this option or give it much thought. No matter which way you chose there are critical points for any mother to know.
* Babies breast feeding will begin to refuse the breast if bottle is introduced too early;
* Mothers breast feeding should not introduce the bottle until the baby is three weeks old unless specific medical conditions or concerns exist which your pediatrician would advise;
* Improper bottle feeding can cause ear infections and possible choking;
* During bottle feeding, your baby must be secured with their head elevated higher than their stomach (The elevation in the head allows baby to easily digest the milk and prevent ear infections—pillow propping bottles while child is laying down will not only lead to infections, but is dangerous due to gagging or choking);
* When suckling babies breast feed, they rare have a problem with gas. Breast fed babies do not experience much gas because mom’s breast do not hold air. Bottle fed babies have to be burped half way through bottle feeding. Most baby bottle trap air inside, the air inside goes into baby stomach when baby is bottle fed
* Mothers should warm the nipple and milk before bottle feeding, particularly if you are transitioning your baby from breast to bottle (It is important that everything is similar to breast. Warming the nipple creates the effect of the warm areola of mom’s breast);
* Select and use the right nipples for the right stages of feeding. Use the right nipple when bottle feeding. In the wide world of baby bottles, there are many different nipples with many different purposes. Water nipples are the smallest nipples and will not allow much milk to flow. While food nipples have large holes, the nipple hole is large to allow food to flow through. Unfortunately, if placed on a milk baby bottle, it can gag the baby;
* As baby ages the nipple on the bottle can be slit or punctured with larger hole(s) to allow oatmeal, rice or other cereals to be mixed into your child’s diet and began to prepare their digestive system for food.
These are only a few out of many pointers to recommend and it is good to face the reality that bottle feeding is sometimes more easier for the mom then breast feeding. At the same time it is more difficult for the child as well, since they must work harder to get milk from mother’s breasts while the bottle normally produces milk with the slights squeeze. And there are other considerations as well….
Child development takes place every moment of every day and broadening and fine tuning their skills is the child’s major activity. It is not so much about having easy transitions from one phase to the other, but having the most dynamic and healthy transitions that you can provide for your child. One thing that can be incorporated into your child’s life early on is Mother’s 3rd Arm. In fact, wherever there is a baby bottle or Sippy Cup, one should always have available a Mother’s 3rd Arm to not merely assist you to do other things, but more importantly to enhance the developmental transitions of your child.
The name itself is actually what it implies. Personally, as a medical doctor, mother and aunty I have not witnessed a safer more secure way to feed my child short of me doing it myself. The Mother’s 3rd Arm is a one of a kind device that is specifically designed to hold bottles and Sippy cups so: 1) the child cannot drop or throw their bottle; 2) ensure bottle and Sippy cup remains sanitary; 3) Afford mothers a safe secure way to feed their child so they can either attend to their other children or do other important tasks.
That was enough for me, however, as it turns out, the Mother’s 3rd Arm also visually stimulates children; enhances their eye hand coordination; gives children an early sense of feeding themselves; affords a sense of security by having direct access themselves to feed when they have the craving versus having to cry to signal their hunger and more.
This is the only baby bottle holder which allows parents to position the child in the safest and most secure postures to avoid choking or infections. And of course it is free of lead, BPA, Phalates, PVCs and other known harmful chemicals.
It takes about 15 to 30 seconds to attach to my car seat, stroller, highchair or table. I always have it at the very top of my Baby Shower list and really love buying and giving it to other mothers.Tips