The Ultimate Guide to Bottle Feeding Your Baby: Tips, Tricks, and Why It Matters
2023/08/25

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Most new moms are excited to feed their newborns, but it can also be overwhelming and intimidating. Bottle feeding is definitely a learning experience that takes some practice – especially when trying to make sure you're using the correct positions for your baby's comfort and safety! Don't worry, though – if you pay attention to just a few key principles, bottle feeding doesn't have to feel so daunting. We will explore proper bottle-feeding positions so you can easily provide comfortable nutrition for your little one.

Attention New Parents of Preterm Babies:

Did you know that most babies born before 36 weeks may not show signs of readiness to feed by mouth? It's common to see premature and late preterm infants with a nasogastric (NG) tube, which allows for the safe feeding of breast milk or formula directly to their tummy. Don't worry. This is a common and normal practice to ensure your baby gets the nutrition they need.

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As your baby nears their due date and becomes "term" (around 36-37 weeks), we evaluate their feeding ability with a bottle. By offering small amounts of milk on a pacifier, we help them learn how to suck, swallow, and breathe properly. We even offer preemies a cotton swab with breastmilk to familiarize them with the taste. However, this process does more than just introduce them to the taste of milk; it provides us with valuable information about their readiness to feed. Rest assured. We're here to support your baby every step of the way.

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