A baby may refuse to feed on a bottle for the most obvious reason, there is nothing like the comfort of being attached to mum, which is more than understandable! Breastfeeding provides valuable nutrition for the growing infant. Breastfeeding also nurtures a closeness that no bottle can substitute.
Then there is the issue with the difficulty of going from the breast to the bottle and back. The nipple of a bottle has a different texture and shape to that of a mother’s breast. As a result, a baby often has to adapt to a different feeding experience.
When a baby attaches to mother’s nipple with suction, several things happen: when a baby rolls the tongue for suckling, the technique sets the pattern for a correct healthy swallow right up to the adult stage. The movements of the tongue, lower lip and lower jaw draw out the milk while feeding. These exercise the muscles, ensuring that babies facial musculature development is better supported.
With this in mind, choosing your baby’s bottle should be done based on how similar the baby can feed on the nipple to when feeding on the breast.
The danger of bottle preference or nipple confusion should never be considered a myth. One may say a baby would never refuse mum's breast. All that is necessary is for mum to put in more effort into breastfeeding. Worst yet that a mum gives up because it is easier to bottle feed. A breastfeeding mum whose breastfeeding is well established can nourish her baby without the inconvenience of making up a bottle, sterilising, getting the temperature right, getting out of bed for a feed. Those are benefits to the tired mum who needs as much rest as possible. The mum who only bottle feeds cannot do the same.
What are the possible causes of nipple confusion?
Some babies are fed away from the breast in the days after birth (in the hospital). There can be many reasons for this and "fed is best". It is a different feeding experience however to breastfeeding, less effort is required by the baby to feed. When going back to the breast a newborn can have difficulty adjusting, especially to the latch and the flow. A mother’s milk comes in in stages, slowly at first with colostrum which helps a newborn to adjust to the flow gradually. When the baby is put on the breast, more effort is required to latch properly and to control the flow while extracting the milk.
The shape of the bottle teat is the other factor that may throw off a baby’s feeding. The bottle teat and mum’s nipple may be so different that the baby finds it too hard, and by default chooses to stick with one, and sadly the chosen one may not be mum’s.
How can the Minbie Bottle-Teat help you?
The breakthrough functionality of this Australian designed teat is profound:
when babies are fed with Minbie, they are practicing their instinctive breastfeeding muscle-memory. Keeping babies feeding as they were instinctively genetically programmed to feed is key. This is why the overwhelming majority of babies accept Minbie. This promotes greater success with your breast and bottle feeding journey.
Minbie's design is uniquely suited to protecting a baby's ability to latch correctly back onto the breast.
When feeding from Minbie your baby is practicing for returning to the breast with no confusion.
Another important new aspect of Minbie, is babies work for the feed with their instinctive breastfeeding technique. This prevents lazy-feeding. They control the feed rate for themselves, a life-skill that transfers to supporting your breastfeeding.
Babies feeding from Minbie aren't likely to overfeed or swallow excess air. Use Minbie to assist you with reducing or stopping the symptoms of reflux and colic, and
Your Bub's feeding muscles will be working to support their natural jaw and facial development, just like when feeding on your breast!
Best of all, mum gets very good support for her breastfeeding while avoiding the worry of nipple confusion.
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