How to position for feeding

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How to position for feeding

Holding your baby close while you are feeding them is an opportunity to give love and cuddles.

How to position your baby for formula feeding

How to position your baby for formula feeding: Video transcript

 

Hold your baby in the bend of your arm – it may be more comfortable to switch arms mid-feed.

Keep your baby nearly upright and the bottle at an angle so that the formula fills the teat and bottle neck – this helps to prevent ear infections caused by the formula flowing into the middle ear.

Your baby needs time for sucking the bottle, looking at and listening to you, and enjoying skin-to-skin contact. Holding your baby close while you are feeding them is an opportunity to give love and cuddles.

Do not leave your baby lying with a bottle to suck on – if your baby falls asleep with milk in their mouth, the milk can damage their teeth.

This page last reviewed 02 June 2013.
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