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A feeding bottle is a container that you can use to feed liquids to your baby. You can fill the bottle
with breast milk or formula milk, or juices and water (if your baby is old enough to drink them).
The lid of the bottle has a nipple attached to it, through which the baby can suckle the bottle's
contents. The nipple is modeled to mirror the nipple of a woman's breast so your baby can easily
take to it. Whether you are looking to wean your baby from breastfeeding or want to get back to
work and are looking for options to feed your baby while you are away, bottles come in very
handy to mothers.
Bottle feeding is not a new phenomenon though. The first glass bottle to be patented was made in
the 1840s.1 Today it has undergone many radical changes, so much so, that feeding bottles are
available in numerous shapes and sizes these days.
Why you Need a Feeding Bottle
As a mother, you might find feeding bottles to come in handy in the following situations:
Latching Problems Because of Mother
You may not be able to breastfeed temporarily due to a latching problem caused by
any one of the following medical conditions:
Latching Problems faced by a Baby
Your baby may not be able to latch on to your breasts due to any one of the following
Suckling problems in newborns
Cleft lip/Cleft palate babies
Common illnesses in babies like common cold or congestion
Resuming Office after Maternity Leave
Usually, a maternity leave lasts for six–eight weeks after birth, depending upon the
policies of the organization. However, the need for breastfeeding, exclusively or
otherwise, continues for a much longer period. A feeding bottle is extremely useful to feed expressed breast milk and to store it for the baby even if you return to work after
maternity leave. This would ensure that your child is getting enough nutrition in the
first few months.
Breastfeeding in Public Places
Sadly, many mothers complain of being frowned upon or stared at while
breastfeeding in public. For all those times when you would have to go out, feeding
pumped breast milk through a bottle would enable you to feed your baby wherever
and whenever you want. This will save you from going through the hassles of feeding
Doctors suggest introducing babies to solid or semi-liquid foods after six months of
age. Your breast milk at this time becomes complementary to your baby's first foods.
Introducing bottle feeding would free your baby from the habit of direct breastfeeding
by replacing it with the bottle containing your nutritious milk.
Feeding Premature or Hospitalized Babies
Mother's milk is of prime importance to all babies, but it's even more crucial if the
baby is premature. Premature babies are too weak to suckle from breasts. In order to
provide your premature baby with breast milk, it would be necessary for you to pump
breast milk so that the doctor can administer it to your baby through a feeding bottle.
Some babies need to be hospitalized because of illnesses or surgery. They may not be
able to breastfeed during their stay at the hospital. You may need to bottle-feed your
baby in such cases.
The task of breastfeeding twin babies or multiple babies can be overwhelming. You
might face a few challenges when you have to breastfeed more than a single baby.You can pump your milk and feed both the babies simultaneously with the help of
your partner, a family member, or a caregiver. This ensures that you don't end up
nursing around the clock and that you have some time to rest, especially in the initial
Getting Some Relaxation Time
Breastfeeding is a very demanding and strenuous activity. You can pump milk and ask
your partner or any other family member to feed the baby using a bottle. This way, you can get some ‘me' time to relax, sleep, and even go out for a walk or exercise. These activities will also boost your body's milk supply and help you provide your baby with more of your nutritious milk.
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