Paced bottle-feeding is a method with the goal of creating an intake flow most similar to breastfeeding, but it is not just for families bottle-feeding expressed breast milk. Paced bottle-feeding is the best method for formula fed babies as well, because the slower pace is best suited to the infant’s developing system. This is particularly true for babies younger than 6 months.
Paced bottle-feeding helps Baby get the right amount of food — which can eliminate spit up due to overfeeding. The slower pace can also reduce or prevent excessive gas, GERD and acid reflux.
Tips for BEST Bottle-Feeding:
- Use a SLOW flow nipple/bottle system
- Hold Baby in a semi upright position
- Let Baby suck to work the milk out of the bottle
- Break the latch seal every 20 seconds to let Baby breathe and to allow for development of the rooting reflex
- When halfway through the bottle, burp and switch sides
- Continue to feed until Baby no longer “roots” for the bottle
- Bottle-feeding should take almost as long as a breast feed