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.
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.
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.