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Feeding baby bottle

Bottle of plastic or glass with a latex or silicone teat is traditionally used for supplementary feeding or artificial feeding. But it can be potentially harmful to children breastfed: often, a child who have tried to suck from a bottle, incorrectly latch and eventually abandons her.

If for any reasons it is impossible to feed the baby only breast, it is better to avoid the use of bottles: there are other accessories for supplementary feeding. Mothers of children on artificial feeding, for which the bottle is often a primary device for feeding, care should be taken that the child received enough emotional and tactile contact.

Why do children cease to take the breast after a bottle?
The fact that breastfeeding a child uses an entirely different method of sucking than using a bottle with a nipple, so he may have “confusion”: he may start to suckle a nipple, making it necessary for baby’s sucking movements of the tongue, capturing only the nipple and not the whole halo entirely. And so it is almost impossible to extract milk from the breast. Wrong capture leads to injury of the nipples, and a decline in lactation due to insufficient stimulation and emptying of the breast. Wrong capture and inadequate emptying of the breast, reducing lactation, in turn, lead to the need to increase the amount of supplementary feeding. Breast milk is the best nutrition for the baby, so it is necessary to avoid undue imposition or uvelicheniem. Pediatricians recommend to keep breastfeeding until at least two years. Unnecessary introduction of supplementary feeding leads to reduced milk production and decreased duration of breastfeeding.
With a shortage of milk, lactation crisis, exit mom to work, illness, mothers and in many other situations of transition to mixed or artificial feeding can be avoided. In order to maintain full breastfeeding, it is necessary to stimulate lactation, making sure that the child is sufficiently sucked the breast correctly and captured a nipple.

New mothers sometimes fear that they do not have enough milk to feed the child. Many mothers have to go to work or be poorly compatible with breastfeeding treatment. In such situations, it seems that the introduction of supplementary feeding or the transition to artificial feeding is the only access to them. Of course, situations are very different, but before you abandon breastfeeding, you should try to stimulate lactation or to organize feeding so mom was able to combine it with medical treatment, work or other activities.

Can you finish feeding the child from the bottle?
Can you finish feeding the child from the bottleIf no supplementary feeding is indispensable, you can use a special feeding Cup “soft spoon”, to use a regular teaspoon or use a syringe without needle. You can give all drinks from a small Cup, or use finger feeding when milk is fed into the mouth of a child by a thin tube connected to a syringe, the tube is pressed against the finger, baby sucks his thumb and gets the milk. All of these methods do not cause the baby nipple confusion and not spoil the grip. Soft spoon, syringe, teaspoon, primarily suitable for feeding weak and premature babies who have difficulty for a long time to breastfeed. Finger feeding is closest in essence to the way the baby suckles, and therefore is preferably mixed feeding, as a temporary feeding if you have problems with capture and the failure of the breast.

What is a supplemental nursing system and when can I use it?
Supplemental nursing system – a system that allows almost completely mimic breastfeeding. The power is supplied to the bottle, suspended in its mother’s breast, from which extends a thin tube in her special patch attached to the chest. In your child’s mouth dripping expressed or donor milk or formula, and the child at this point suckles, just as it makes a baby being breastfed. There are devices of industrial production (can be found online and in major children’s stores in the departments of products for feeding), they are comfortable and easy to use, but you can make them yourself, using bottles and medical catheters. This system can be used for the lack of milk (the child not only receives supplementary feeding, but breastfeeding, stimulating increased milk production). When feeding with infant formula this method is completely similar to breastfeeding, allowing you to get all the psychological and physiological benefits from body contact and sucking, although he, of course, requires from the mother and more time and effort than bottle feeding, but allows you to virtually maintain physical contact with the child is important for his emotional development. This method of feeding is used when feeding the adopted child, and in many cases, due to the stimulation of the breast by the baby, it is possible to translate it to mixed or of full breastfeeding.

Will the baby to burp more than when breastfeeding?
When properly organized breastfeeding, if you select a comfortable posture for feeding and the baby properly latch on to your breast, the baby will not swallow air. When bottle feeding or using special tools, the child may swallow some air, especially if eaten in an uncomfortable position or anxious at feeding time. Need to do a short pause during feeding and keep the baby’s head was not tilted back or chin pressed to his chest. After feeding you a few minutes to hold the baby vertically so that the excess air is out, if it is obvious that the air interferes with the baby.

What temperature should be the power and the speed with which must be connected to the child?
Warm food is better in a bottle warmer or under a tap with warm water. It is undesirable to use a microwave, because the milk is heated unevenly. In addition, warming in a microwave oven or boiling food on the stove not only leads to the fact that the food is easy to overheat, but also to the destruction of a large number of vitamins and minerals during heat treatment. Special heaters for baby food automatically put the appropriate temperature of the food. You can drop the bottle on the inside of your wrist and determine whether there is enough warmed milk. Too high temperature hazardous burns of the mouth and esophagus. Started lure better expressed milk or a mixture, heated to 36-37 degrees. And milk, and the mixture supplementation can cool to room temperature, this is not a reason to stop nursing. Adjusting the speed of feeding, you need to focus on child SIPS. The kid should not ingest too often, choke and not be able to swallow. Many manufacturers nipple on the bottle recommend the use of pacifiers with a specific hole size at each age. When using syringes may be more convenient the smaller volume syringe, 5 ml, as in this case it is easier to adjust the fluid flow than using syringes 10 or 20 ml.

At what age a child can eat from a bottle?
At what age a child can eat from a bottleYou can’t leave your baby alone with a bottle until at least the year: it can be dangerous, as the child may start to choke and not be able to remove themselves bottle. Approximately 4-5 months you can give your baby a bottle in his hands, but not for a moment to watch him. After six months you can use the sippy cups with handles as they are easier to grab and hold. The kid is more convenient to drink from the bottle a small amount, as it is lighter and easier to hold. In any case, in order to provide sufficient emotional and tactile contact, it is desirable that he was in the arms of an adult during feeding, just as it happens during breastfeeding.

Will Not bottle feeding on the formation of emotional intimacy child with her mother?
Bottle feeding should not lead to a decline in physical contact mother and child: the proximity of the mother, her warmth and smell directly affect the emotional development of the child. It is advisable to bottle feeding took place as breastfeeding in the first months of life it takes a long time, so the mother and the baby should feel comfortable. You need to feed your baby in a comfortable position, to hug him, to hold the bottle, in this case, the child will interact with the mother almost as good as breastfeeding.

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