Bottles and Bonding
One of the biggest benefits of breast-feeding is the emotional closeness it fosters between mother and child. But you can still bond with your baby over a bottle. Some tips to make the experience more rewarding for both of you:
- Go skin to skin. Whenever possible, place the baby next to your bare chest as she feeds.
- Go slow. Babies get comfort from a good, long suck. If your child seems to be dawdling, don't grab the bottle away. And don't force her to finish the bottle if she doesn't want to.
- Stay focused. Let the answering machine take calls at feeding time. If you must watch TV, don't forget to make eye contact with your baby.
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