How to Pace Bottle Feed a Breastfed Baby

One of the most commonly asked questions that we have received so far is how to assist your baby in the transition from breast to bottle feeding. The key thing that should be considered in this case is the fact that the focus of this exercise does not have to be wholly focused on moving to bottle from the breast. It is rather, a method that can also be used when mommy needs rest. There are certain things that the baby becomes used to when they are breastfed. One of these is the aid of the mother. Here is a great aid that we found that should be of help in explaining and demonstrating all of this.

Be sure to check out our post on baby formulas as well.

what I'm going to show you today is how
 to do paste bottle-feeding paste
 bottle-feeding is a method of
 a baby that is designed to more closely
 mimic breastfeeding and it allows the
 baby to paste the feed and control how
 much milk they take and I like to
 compare it to if you've ever been out to
 lunch with a good friend and found
 yourself chatting throughout the whole
 lunch and realized at the end of lunch
 you've only eaten half of your sandwich
 but you're full and compare that to
 maybe if you've ever at another time
 been really really hungry and sat down
 to eat and eaten really quickly and
 realized by the time you were finished
 that you were actually more full than as
 so paste bottle feeding is designed to
 mimic the conversation of breastfeeding
 a little bit like going out to lunch
 with friends so how do you do it there's
 a couple of steps to it rather than
 holding the baby flat and just putting
 the bottle in their mouth like we often
 think of for bottle feeding you're going
 to hold the baby a little bit more
 upright however is comfortable for you
 and for the baby and so you can look at
 each other but the baby's not going to
 be flat on their back they're going to
 be maybe 45 degree angle or even a
 little more upright then we are going to
 do is use the bottle and this is going
 to be a bit like breast feeding to
 tickle the baby's upper lip here and the
 baby should then reach up and latch on
 to the bottle then what you need to do
 is encourage the bottle to be pretty far
 into the baby's mouth and encourage the
 baby's lips to flange and relax around
 the outside of the bottle so that
 they're a little bit turned out around
 the bottle and then what you do rather
 than tip the bottle up like this is
 you're going to hold the bottle
 horizontal like this some folks worried
 that the baby will get a little bit of
 air during a feeding like this and
 usually burping will just take care of
 that so it's not a big deal so when that
 when you've got the baby latched on to
 the bottle like this in the bottle
 horizontal the baby will normally begin
 to drink milk from the bottle then when
 you do if you allow the baby to drink
 for about 20 to 30 second
 and then you pull the bottle down but
 leave the nipple in the baby's mouth and
 what you do is you wait until the baby
 begins to suck on the bottle nipple
 again and when the baby begins to suck
 you lift the bottle up to horizontal
 again give it another 20 or 30 seconds
 and then pull the bottle down again
 without pulling it out and again wait
 for the baby to re-engage with the
 bottle and start sucking again so you'll
 be going back and forth and back and
 forth up for 30 seconds and then down
 until the baby sucks again and so on at
 some point you'll you'll pull the bottle
 down and the baby usually what will
 happen is the baby won't start sucking
 again even if you give wait quite a
 quite a while so what you'll do then is
 just end the feeding and so it can be
 tempting if there's just a small amount
 left in the bottle to just convince the
 baby to take it but you need to respect
 the same way a breastfeeding mother
 would a baby that doesn't want any more
 that the baby's feeding is finished so
 there are a couple of reasons we do
 paste bottle feeding um one is because
 often when babies begin childcare and
 start having frequent bottles that take
 care if babies are not experiencing
 paste bottle feeding but are
 experiencing a great big bottle going in
 really quick a lot of babies enjoy the
 convenience of the fast flow and the
 shorter time it takes to feed and start
 rejecting the breast at home so this
 paste bottle feeding can keep them more
 feeding by their normal pattern another
 reason to do the paste bottle feeding is
 for childcare providers because
 breastfeeding mothers will normally be
 sending a certain amount of milk to
 daycare each day and if if a childcare
 provider isn't doing paste bottle
 feeding the baby may go through almost
 all of the milk in one or two feedings
 by the regular method but by paste
 bottle feeding a baby will typically
 take two
 three ounces and not really much more so
 the baby will will need to be fed on
 more about breast feeding schedule every
 two to three hours but we'll take the
 normal amount of milk so the milk the
 breastfeeding mother sends should last
 throughout the day and then the last
 reason which is pretty interesting is
 that a study came out recently comparing
 babies who are being bottle fed and
 babies who are being breastfed and in
 the bottles was either formula or breast
 milk and then of course the babies were
 breastfeeding were getting only breast
 milk and they found that the babies who
 are bottle feeding no matter what was in
 the bottle
 breast milk or formula had a higher risk
 for obesity at a year of age compared to
 babies who are being fed at the breast
 and one of the theories is is that by
 being fed this way and getting larger
 feedings babies get that sensation of
 being over full and learn to associate
 that with just fullness and they begin
 to think that they need to be that full
 in order to feel satisfied so taste
 bottle feeding can keep babies used to
 keeping their feedings at a more normal
 size about two to three to maybe four
 hours per feeding and hopefully prevent
 the risk of obesity that can go along
 with bottle feeding so that is paste
 bottle feeding how to do it and reasons
 for it

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