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.
- 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.