PACED BOTTLE FEEDING - BREASTFED BABIES NEED A SPECIAL METHOD, NOT JUST "BOTTOMS UP"

If your baby is older than 6 weeks and you can now start to pump milk to feed to your baby with a bottle, it is important to know that you need to use the Paced Bottle Feeding method when feeding a bottle to a breastfeeding baby.

You can stop doing Paced Bottle Feeding once baby starts to hold her own bottle and thus controls the flow of the milk herself.

(Pumping is not advised before 6 weeks as your milk needs to stabilize first, pumping before 6 weeks can cause issues with over-supply)

The Paced Bottle Feeding method mimics the natural flow of the breastmilk from your breasts and will ensure that your baby does not get nipple confusion where she refuses to latch and breastfeed.

You can't just lye the baby down and feed the bottle "bottoms up", that will lead to you overfeeding your baby and she will then associate the feeling of being over-full and uncomfortable with being full. She will think that is how she must feel after each feed.

She will also become accustomed to the fast flow of the milk and will become restless and unhappy at the breast, as she will not want to put in the effort to suck for her milk and she will become impatient and not want to wait for a let-down of milk from your breast. This is also why you stick to the smallest bottle teat size and never move up in size as your baby grows.

For the Paced Bottle Feeding method, you hold the baby in an upright position in your arms, not lying flat on their back, rather sitting. Then run the teat of the bottle across their top lip for them to open up and latch onto the teat.

Keep the bottle horizontal, with just enough milk in the teat to fill it. When baby starts sucking, lift the bottle to a 45 degree angle for baby to drink. Every time that baby stops sucking, lower the bottle back to the horizontal position and wait for baby to start sucking again before lifting the bottle.

This mimics the flow of breastmilk when nursing from the breast and the let-down.

If the baby does not resume sucking, it means she is finished and you should remove the bottle. Never force her to finish a bottle, even if there is just a little left.

Breastfed babies usually drink 90 - 150 ml per feed and unlike with formula, the amount of breastmilk per feed does not increase as your baby gets older. This is because the nutritious value and fat content of your breastmilk changes to accommodate your baby's needs as they grow.

You can stop doing Paced Bottle Feeding once baby starts to hold her own bottle and thus controls the flow of the milk herself.

Here are some helpful YouTube Videos that demonstrate Paced Bottle Feeding:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuZXD1hIW8Q&feature=youtu.be
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH4T70OSzGs&feature=youtu.be