Bottle Feeding

Bottle Nursing, Bottle Weaning, and More

This Principle is not complete without reading API's Eight Principles of Parenting Introduction -- important information for understanding the context API's Principles of Parenting.

Bottle Nursing

  • Feeding is one of the primary ways a mother can initiate a secure attachment relationship with her baby.
  • Familiarize yourself with breastfeeding behaviors, and model them when bottle feeding:
    • Hold the baby when bottle feeding, positioning the bottle alongside the breast
    • Maintain eye contact, talk softly and lovingly
    • Switch positions from one side to another
    • Feed on cue and avoid schedules
    • Consider reserving feeding for the mother only
    • Pacifiers satisfy a baby's sucking need. Hold the baby or child in the feeding position when he uses the pacifier
    • Associate the bottle and pacifier with being held and having undivided attention, so that it doesn't become a transitional object
    • Wean from the bottle as one would wean from the breast

Read More About Bottle Feeding via the Links Below

The Attached Family

API's The Attached Family online magazine, updated weekly with articles on a variety of topics, is an extension of the quarterly The Attached Family print magazine. The following articles on Bottle Feeding are accessible at no cost on The Attached Family online magazine. Please consider joining API to help support API's ability to continue providing this information.

Members also receive a quarterly magazine, The Attached Family. This summer’s issue focuses on the API Principle of Feeding with Love and Respect, particularly overcoming feeding challenges.

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