Bottle Feeding Your Newborn
There are many reasons that parents decide that bottle feeding is a better solution for them.
- Baby is not latching/feeding well at the breast
- Medical needs for mom/baby
If you decide that bottle feeding is a better choice for your family, skin to skin contact during the feedings is still recommended. Dad can do skin to skin with the baby as well! The baby will be comforted and soothed by the feel of your scents and your skin no matter how you choose to feed.
Be sure to take advantage of the knowledge of your pregnancy professionals in the hospital to learn the best techniques for bottle feeding. They can help you with positioning the baby, how to burp the baby effectively and how to slow the flow on the bottle for over-exuberant feeders.
Breastfeeding isn't for everyone. If you are feeding and loving your baby - it's a win!
One of our Certified Nurse-Midwives shares her experience with bottle feeding
"I had an emergent cesarean section, and my son was in the NICU for 24 hours. Because of this, he received a bottle as his first feed and he and I never quite got the latch thing down well. It was painful for me; he cried constantly, I cried. When I switched to bottle feeding, I felt a tremendous amount of guilt that I was doing something wrong. After I learned to forgive myself, life was so much more pleasant when he could feed easily, and I was not walking around the house with saline pads on my nipples and crying during feedings, pumping, and cleaning bottles in between feedings.
He is now 17, has a 4.0GPA, and is smarter than my husband and I combined - I think he did just fine with formula."
Maryanne Scherer, CNM