Why Paced Bottle Feeding Might be Right for Your Baby
When it comes to your baby, you want to make sure they have the utmost care at all times. When you decide to go back to work, this can feel like a challenge. You aren’t going to be there for all the big or little moments anymore, and you are losing a bit of control. Even though this may feel like a difficult time, there are things that you can do help your baby prepare for when you go back into your career.
If you have been breastfeeding, this will be the time to start pumping or switching to formula. Which also means it is time for your little one to start experiencing a new sensation, the bottle. The bottle can be a useful tool to help feed your baby, especially if you know the best ways on how to utilize the bottle.
At Maxx Elite, we sell the best tools to help feed your baby safely. Our baby bottle warmers, sanitizers, and cleaners will help cut down on cleaning bottles, and ensure that your baby is having a meal from a clean and evenly warm bottle. Another way Maxx Elite wants to help you feed your infant is by giving you the best tips on how to bottle feed. One way to do this is to pace bottle feed.
What is Paced Bottle Feeding?
Paced bottle feeding is the best way to transition baby from your breast to bottle because it mimics the act if breastfeeding. When a baby is breastfeeding they have more control over the feeding process, also the baby has to work a little bit harder to get their nutrients. When you use this method of bottle feeding, the baby will be able to control the feeding process, eat more slowly and recognize when they are full.
The Process of Paced Bottle Feeding
- You want to keep the baby sitting more upright than lying down. The reason for this is you don’t want liquid rushing into the baby's mouth. Keeping the baby upright gives the baby more control.
- When are ready for the baby to take the bottle, you want to place it on their lips first and move it around. This is similar to breastfeeding when you take your nipple and tickle the baby's mouth so that they will latch onto your nipple.
- Once you have tickled the baby's mouth with the bottle, then you can place the bottle in the baby’s mouth.
- The thing you need to pay most attention is how you hold the bottle. The bottle will be almost completely horizontal, which will slow the flow of the milk or formula, making it similar to the breast.
- Then after about 30 seconds after you have started feeding you want to tip the bottle down and slightly remove it from the baby’s mouth, which is very comparable to breastfeeding.
How Often Should You Be Feeding Baby?
You should be feeding your baby whenever baby seems hungry! If you want to keep a loose schedule, a good rule of thumb is to feed baby about every 3 hours. There will be times that they will show their tummies may be rumbling.
Signs your baby is hungry:
- Lip smacking
- Acting fussy
- Sucking on objects or fists
Other Paced Feeding Tips
You want the baby to pause their consumption of milk or formula every so often. When babies are breastfed they usually take breaks naturally, which helps them continue eating. You don’t want baby to gulp down the bottle in five minutes. A typical feeding should be about ten to twenty minutes.
Even though baby is on the bottle now, it is important to keep switching sides, much like you would do with breastfeeding. This allows them not to pick a favorite side and to see the world from different angles and point of views, which is encouraged because of developmental gains.
When the baby is starting to suck more slowly, wander their eyes, or even start to fall asleep, it may be time to stop feeding them. If you notice these signs, take the nipple of the bottle out of the baby's mouth by twisting it, and then offer it again. If they baby takes it, offer about 10 more seconds of sucking, if the baby does not take the bottle than they are full and possibly ready for a nap!
At Maxx Elite, we want the best for your baby at all times. Paced bottle feeding will help the transition from the breast to the bottle go much more smoothly. Another trick to always help baby when it comes to being bottle fed is to be using our baby bottle warmers, cleaners, and sanitizers.
Our warmers will heat baby's milk to just the right temperature without the risk of hot spots that can harm baby. The cleaning and sanitizing will ensure that baby is protected from all those unwanted germs that can make them ill. Check our all our amazing products at our online store and check back for our next blog about all the benefits of paced bottle feeding!