Is It OK To Feed An Infant Baby With A Bottle?
Something amazing happens the moment you become a mom. One second, your brain and body are working together to ensure your survival, but as soon as that baby takes its first breath of air, everything changes. You are no longer your top priority in this world. In that instant, you understand that your purpose in this world has become protecting, loving, and nurturing this innocent little bundle. Even though the instinct is there, it can be difficult to know how to make all the right decisions, especially when unexpected difficulties like bottle rejection seem to come out of nowhere.
Like many new moms, you’ve probably wondered whether or not it’s okay to give your new baby a bottle. There’s no denying that a bottle offers Mom and Dad a level of convenience that breastfeeding doesn’t...for one thing, you don’t have to physically be in the room! But will offering your baby a bottle too soon increase the chances that you’ll have to deal with nipple confusion later? Let’s take a look at what the experts have to say.
Most lactation consultants agree that your baby should have around a month of successfully breastfeeding under their belt before you attempt to introduce them to a bottle. This allows them to become an expert at using the facial muscles involved in breastfeeding (there are over 40 of them!) and helps to solidify the bond between mother and child that occurs during this time. Waiting too much longer to introduce a bottle could result in a baby that won’t accept a bottle under any terms, and that’s a corner no mother wants to paint herself into.
Once your infant is old enough, and has experienced a few weeks of successful breastfeeding, they’re ready for bottle introduction. Because feeding from an artificial nipple is a genuinely different experience, you’ll want to be sure to choose a bottle and nipple combination that makes the transition as easy as possible. That’s why Comotomo have their unique shape--to reduce the time you have to spend worrying about infant bottle rejection.
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