Becoming a parent means you join a special kind of club. It’s a club full of people all with the same goals: to raise happy, healthy and functional adults who will contribute to their community and society as a whole. However, each member has their own way of doing it.
Like feeding baby, there are those who swear by breastfeeding and others who decide on bottle feeding, for various reasons. Paced bottle feeding, however, is a combination of the two and works well for many new parents.
As the name suggests, paced bottle feeding involves pacing feeding so that baby is in control and begins to recognize when he or she is satiated.
With this method, your child is going to drink a lot slower and will have to work a little harder to get the milk, just as he would with breastfeeding. By following baby’s cues, you’ll know when to feed, how much to feed and when to stop feeding.
Paced bottle feeding simulates breastfeeding and works well for moms who are returning to work but don’t want to forgo breastfeeding too soon.
It also works for babies on formula who might suffer from colic and reflux. Plus, it’s an excellent way to get your partner involved with the feeding routine, and if applicable, find a babysitter.
Traditional bottle feeding can best be compared to, although not as extreme, force feeding your baby. It can lead to various problems including overfeeding, post feeding fussiness, and even obesity later on.
When we breastfeed babies, they have drinking and sucking time; the sucking or pacifier sucking time is so they can digest their food and let their brain and belly catch up with one another.
It’s the same as when you put your fork down in between mouthfuls of food, which makes a whole lot of sense, doesn’t it?
When you bottle feed the traditional way, baby pretty much guzzles the contents within a couple of minutes and still looks hungry afterward. According to Kidspot, this is because he hasn’t had a chance to digest his food and allow his brain and belly to meet up.
Instead, he thinks he’s still hungry and overeats. Eventually, you’re left with a grumpy baby who has gas, post feeding discomfort, and even worse, acid reflux.
The simple answer? When they’re hungry. You can have a schedule in place for the sitter, but it should be a flexible one, say every two to three hours, according to Group Health Cooperative.
However, it’s important to recognize signs from your baby. These will include:
Once you get the hang of it, it’s actually an easier way of feeding baby. However, there are a few things to do that will help you and your child get through the early days.
We’ve established that paced bottle feeding makes sense and benefits babies as much as everyone else involved in the feeding process. However, it’s important to remember it’s still simulated and not as naturally controlled as breastfeeding.
Look out for any signs that baby is battling or having a hard time, these include:
If you notice any of the above, stop feeding your baby immediately and let them take a break. If you decide to continue, check the angle of the bottle, and also make sure your child is sitting upright.
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Amy Duncan is the founder of KindMommy, a blog where she's providing helpful information about pregnancy and many useful tips for young parents. Besides writing, Amy loves to cook and travel with her friends and family. You can also find Amy on Twitter (@AmyKindmommy).