With both my babies I had issues with breastfeeding but I wasn’t going to let that stop me from feeding my children. I wanted to breastfeed so bad because that was what was expected but even though I was unable to I still needed to give my baby nutrients, so I pumped and fed through a bottle. Our favorite bottles were from Philips Avent.
Just because I was bottle feeding didn’t mean I wasn’t able to give my babies everything they needed while feeding. I made sure I was holding the baby close to me on my lap and made eye contact the whole time. Now let me tell you, having a pillow also works the best and helps raise the baby without creating pressure on your arms. Here are a few more tips!
Here are a few more tips!
Bottle Feeding Tips:
- Make sure you have eye contact with your baby while feeding, go ahead smile and chat with the baby too. This is an excellent bonding time.
- You need to tilt the bottle so that the neck and nipple fill up with milk. Fussy babies tend to have air bubbles!
- Halfway through the feeding try burping, this helped us a lot. Not that much spit up after feeding when burped in the middle of the feeding.
- This is very important-alternate position from side to side. Usually, right after burping the baby, I would switch sides. This helped with my baby’s eyes and neck to developed equally, and not one side was preferred. With my first child, I didn’t do this, and he would only feed on the right side. I made it work, but I like being able to switch sides.
- Use pillows! I’m not joking either, have a pillow just for feeding.
- Make sure you have a bottle that works best for you and your baby, I found the Philips Avent bottles to fit our needs the most.
With feeding also comes FUSSY babies, sometimes you might not know what is wrong, so you need to make sure the bottle you are using is not causing pain for the baby. For bottle feeding concerns, Philips Avent offers the Anti-colic bottle – clinically proven to reduce colic and discomfort. The Philips Avent Anti-colic bottle features a new look and name, with the same Classic+ features that moms have loved for years – to reinforce the fuss-fighting benefits they’ve always had.Philips Avent Anti-colic bottle features:
- Features an Airflex venting system designed to reduce gas and colic by reducing air ingestion
- Fewer parts for easy cleaning and assembly – only 4 parts total: bottle, cap, nipple and ring which holds the nipple in place.
- Babies fed with Philips Avent anti-colic bottles experienced 60% less fussing at night than babies fed with a leading competitor’s vented bottle. *At 2 weeks of age, babies fed with a Philips Avent bottle showed a trend to less colic compared to a conventional bottle and a significant reduction in fussing at night compared to babies fed with another leading bottle.
- Built-in, venting system keeps air away from baby’s tummy
- Ribbed texture prevents nipple collapse for uninterrupted feeding
Motherhood is HARD and especially if you are a new mom! My advice is to find what works best for you and take the tips of moms who have gone through this before, we know from our experience what works and doesn’t.
Actress and new mom Sarah Chalke shares about her experience with colic with her first child and how she’s trusting Philips Avent to ensure the best feeding experience for her new daughter, Frankie. Love her!
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