The Advantages and Disadvantages of Bottle Feeding

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A newborn bottle, feeding bottle, or infant bottle is simply a bottle containing an attached lid, from which a child can suckle, and in so doing be drunk right from the bottle. It’s typically used for small children and infants, when no one can drink from a standing cup, or for feeding yourself. The advantage to bottle feeding is that the child can learn how to drink from a bottle at an early age. Also, most bottle feeding babies seem to prefer it to any other type of feeding. Bottle feeding is more convenient than many other types of feedings.

Bottle Feeding Pros and Cons

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In some cases, the infant will only nurse a few ounces at a time. Most feedings should last from thirty minutes to one hour. This can depend upon the infant, their health, the amount of milk the mother has stored, and their feed schedule. In some cases a baby will be bottle fed constantly until they are weaned. Bottle feeding is most recommended for newborns who have not been weaned, but have just been introduced to solid food.

There are two types of bottle feeding, open and closed. Open systems require a pacifier, thumb or finger holding the bottle as the nipple is placed in the mouth of the newborn. A newborn may reject the pacifier, which could cause some problems. In this case, a newborn may be encouraged to open the bottle instead of the fingers. In a recent study, newborns showed a significantly greater response to open systems when compared to those that used bottles.

Newer models of newborn bottle feeding methods include bottle adapters. These adapters fit the nipples of traditional avent bottles, but use the venturi action to dispense air to help fill the bottles. The advantage of these is that it eliminates the need for the baby to remove or ingest any of the formula by mouth. It can also be used with solid food if it is slow moving.

Latching is one of the most important methods of bottle feeding. This means that the baby must sit upright and bottle properly to nurse. Most experts recommend that this should be done right after birth and the baby should be able to nurse for six months without problems.

When the baby is ready to be bottle fed, the mom should place the newborn’s bottom down into the bottle and then the bottle feeder at the side. The mom places her hand under the chin and along the neck to make sure the baby does not try to remove the milk. The baby needs to be positioned so the nipple is in the mouth and the nipple lips are resting against the inside of the cheeks. The baby may try to pull the milk out with his tongue. Moms may want to gently rock the baby until the baby learns to latch on properly. If the baby fusses, moms should not rush him/her.

There are many advantages to bottle feeding including: It allows for faster feedings, easier weight loss and easier digestion. Bottle feeding is recommended for newborns who are weaned but may not continue to nurse. Nursing babies should be introduced to solid food at least six weeks after they have been weaned as they do not require the same nutrition as older infants. Mothers can bottle feed their babies every four hours or after six months of age, depending on their baby’s needs. Most pediatricians would recommend six months old babies be weaned using a baby bottle.

End Note

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Bottle feeding is recommended to infants as it provides more comfort than breastfeeding. A new mother can bottle feed her newborn even if she has reflux. It will only take a few tries and it will soon become an old-time favorite. Remember to bottle feed your newborn from the time he/she was weaned until he/she was ready to eat solids. Bottle feeding is not dangerous in any way.

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