Bottle feeding: Formula or Combination feeding
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It’s really common for parents to expect bottle feeding to resolve any problems they had when breastfeeding and sometimes this is true. Other times, although problems like nipple pain or only mum being able to feed have resolved – other issues can persist.
Modern bottles attempt to mimic the breast and as such most are designed to be used with the mouth wide open (like eating an apple). When baby isn’t using the teat properly, it can affect the speed and flow. This means some babies may struggle to pull milk from the bottle if the latch is shallower, whilst others will drink extremely rapidly – both unable to appropriately regulate the amount of milk transferred. If baby has a disorganised swallow (as a result of or for a different reason), they may arch, turn their head and pull away from the bottle, some cough and splutter and others will only take a small volume before refusing to feed further.
Some things we can help with include:
- Responsive, paced bottle feeding
- Colic, wind & reflux – aerophagia
- Unsettled or hungry baby
- Slow weight gain
- Checking attachment to teat and bottle suitability for baby
- Relactation/restarting breastfeeding
Feeding your older baby
Just when you get everything sorted, suddenly everything is changing! Baby is ready for some solid food, or developing teeth.
We explore Baby Led Weaning and how to introduce solids in a way that develops positive food association. This allows baby to not only regulate their own intake (as they have done with breastfeeding) but also select what they eat (from a range of healthy options!) setting them up for a lifetime of good eating habits. We discuss safety and of course answer any questions you may have.
Please contact us for further information.