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Feeding and nutrition

Paced bottle feeding

If you’re breastfeeding and planning on introducing a bottle, ‘Paced bottle feeding’ reduces the risk of causing digestive problems for your baby. If you are already bottle feeding this method helps your baby control their appetite and reduce wind.

Allow your baby time to breathe and rest during a feed

Babies can recognise when they are full – and allowing your little one to determine the length of a feed reduces their chances of obesity in later life, too.

  • Your baby will take about 15-20 swallows, then pause and rest.
  • Baby’s lips should form a seal around the teat. Their lips should touch the teat base, and should be rolled slightly outward so less milk leaks from the teat and they take in less air.
  • When baby is full they’ll turn their head away or spit out the teat.

Sometimes baby may be sleepy or slow to suck, and may need your encouragement, particularly if you’re breastfeeding.

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