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Feeding and nutrition

How should I position myself when bottle feeding?

We recommend the following tips when bottle feeding:

  • Hold your baby close and slightly upright
  • Change the side you hold your baby at each feed
  • Never allow your baby to feed alone, or to prop up a bottle
  • Make lots of lovely eye contact!

This is important in the early days (first 6 weeks), and ideally with one main carer feeding. It develops a close relationship by encouraging high levels of oxytocin (the ‘love hormone’) and low levels of stress hormones, an essential combination for brain development. Think of feeds as time for interaction: it’s when your baby can focus on you and practice communicating.

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