You’ve probably heard me mention paced bottle feeding a couple of times by now. If you haven’t heard it from me, you have probably heard it from your La Leche League group, a coworker, or another mommy friend. But what is paced feeding and why is it important to you?
Baby’s who are bottle fed should all be pace fed, regardless if they’re being fed formula or expressed breast milk. The benefits are important for all babies. Breastfed babies, especially, however, need to be pace fed to reduce risk of developing a bottle preference.
Benefits of Paced Bottle Feeding:
Baby controls flow of milk
Baby feeds at his own pace
Reduces air intake, possibly reducing reflux and colic symptoms
Baby has to “work for it”
Baby is able to practice self regulation
How to pace feed:
Hold baby in upright position
Keep bottle mostly parallel to floor to reduce flow
Use slow flow nipple
Use nipple that encourages a wide breast-like latch if possible
Touch nipple to baby’s lips allowing baby to draw the nipple in on his own
Let baby stop and start feeding as desired (baby may take a break or pause for many reasons) Remember feeding takes time and is about more than just nourishment. Feeding is a social activity and bonding method that nourishes the body and nurtures the soul. Focus on baby’s needs. Propping baby’s bottle is convenient, but can prove to be a choking hazard.
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