Baby refusing to bottlefeed?
Even as all mothers understand that breastfeeding is best for their baby, sometimes situations may demand introduction of feeding bottle earlier than necessary. Supplemental feeding can become necessary when the baby has
2.The breasts feel tout and full after nursing,
3.Fewer than six wet diapers, fussy and lethargic baby,
4. Not enough weight gain.
4. Baby is four months or older.
However, remember all babies are not the same. They grow differently. Always consult your pediatrician if you are concerned about your baby.
Understanding Breastfeeding and Bottle Feeding
The mechanism of feeding milk out of bottle and from breast are different.
- A mother's breast is made of uneven layers of tissue. The nipple tissue is thinner than tissue of the areola. When breast feeding, the baby suckles on nipple and part of areola. Most bottle nipples are made of even layers of silicone which do not mimic a mother’s breast. Choose your baby feeding accessories after careful consideration.
2.To latch to the breast, a baby must open his mouth widely. A baby does not need to open wide to suck on a bottle unless it is a wide neck bottle.
Moreover, if the nipple base is not wide and thick, it is enough to support a good latch.
- When sucking on the breast, baby’s tongue makes a wave-like motion; it begins at the tip of the tongue and moves toward the back. The tongue compresses the breast against the roof of the mouth. The process is called Natural Suckling Reflex. A bottle-fed baby uses his tongue differently as she does not have to work on a bottle nipple. The milk from the bottle teat flows easily. A baby may have to lift the back of her tongue to stop the flow of milk and protect her airway.
4. If a breastfed baby needs rest, she simply quits sucking and the milk flow slows naturally. Milk may flow from a bottle even when baby is not sucking.
Introducing first bottle
Ask dad to try the first few bottles as very often babies refuse if they can hear or smell mother nearby. Few things that often help are
- Relaxed atmosphere; babies can sense parents' tension
- Let the child get hungry
- Position the baby correctly
- Help baby suck: try technique that makes use of natural suckling reflex.
A) Touch your baby's lips with a gentle yet firm touch of the bottle nipple. B) Roll the nipple in to his mouth.
C) Gently press the nipple down on to the center of his tongue.
Your baby will instinctively curl the sides of the tongue around the nipple and start sucking.
If the baby is still refusing and not getting enough nutrition, seek the advice of a pediatrician. Don't force it.
A feeding bottle should be introduced only once a breastfeeding schedule has been established for the baby unless advised by a doctor.
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