Effects of Incorrect Bottle Feeding on Babies

Shifting from breastfeeding to bottle feeding can be quite challenging at first for both the newborn and the mother, especially to first time moms. It is important for all mothers to be well informed on how to bottle fed correctly and the consequences if it was done the wrong way.

Breastfeeding at its Best

Breastfeeding is still the best option for mothers who care deeply about their babies’ well-being as it cannot be compared to anything in building the mother-child bond. However, there are instances wherein mothers were left with no option but to bottle fed their newborn with their extracted breast milk. The best example of this is a working mom who needs to go back to work after taking her maternity leave. During office hours, they will pump milk and keep them in nursing bottles or packs, store them in the freezer for their babies to feed on while they are away.

Important Things to Remember When Bottle Feeding

Baby’s head should be slightly elevated or in a semi-upright position to avoid the milk from flowing to the baby’s nose or ear causing suffocation. Insert a pillow or place him in a baby bean bag so you can easily adjust the position of the baby’s head. This is only advisable when you are out or when you need to do something else while your little one is crying out for milk. When you are with your newborn, nurse him. Nothing beats letting him latch properly.

What to Avoid

1. Never feed him lying down.

2. Do not place him in a baby bean bag and just leave him unattended. Check on him every second to ensure that bottle is still positioned properly preventing suffocation.

3. Do not use nipples with holes bigger than what your little one can take.

4. Do not forget the importance of burping. Bottle-fed babies have the tendency to get air inside their little tummies which causes discomfort.