Paced Bottle-Feeding


I’ve been working on a follow-up to my Harvey Karp post in which I talk about establishing sleep schedules, but it’s taking a while to get my thoughts organized, and I lost an initial draft, and everything I’m reading says the first three or four months don’t really apply so…

Let me post first about paced bottle-feeding. Yeah, I didn’t know what it was either.

But Dana says it’s how she prefers I feed E3. Apparently, it’s a way of bottle-feeding breast milk that better simulates the pace and flow of drinking from the source.

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  • keep the baby upright (not lying down)
  • keep the bottle horizontal to slow down the flow
  • don’t stuff the nipple into the baby’s mouth; instead, tease it out a little to make her work at sucking
  • let the baby naturally take pauses and breaks
  • feeding should take 10 minutes or longer

This video does a good job of explaining:

Naturally, every new trend comes with its accoutrements, though I’m 50% sure that this is not just another way to scam parents out of their money. We use the Como Tomo slow-flow bottle, Nurture Right pre-sterilized breast milk baggies, and Avent Microwave Steam Sterilizer. I’ve also found the First Years bottle warmer to be a handy thing to have around when taking E1 out of the house to places that might not have a microwave or stove to heat water.

Oh, and Dana swears by her Ameda breast pump Naya breast pump. It’s not cheap, but it’s the most comfortable and efficient kind she’s found.


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