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Why NO Bottles or Pacifiers for Breast Fed Babies in the First Few Weeks?

Unless there is a medical necessity, your baby should learn at the breast. 

Breast feeding is a natural process but it is learned skill.  It is much like dancing. The two partners must learn the skills, steps and feel of breastfeeding.

Babies suck very differently on artificial nipples than they do on the breast.  Babies imprint in the first days to what they are sucking on and can prefer the bottle nipple.  Some babies will refuse the breast if they learn on bottles and pacifiers to suck.  They learn that the bottle will flow fast and has a harder and smaller feel in their mouth.  The breast has to be taken in with a large mouthful and usually suckled on for a few seconds before they get a fast flow, called the “let down.”

The design of breast feeding and the milk is perfect for your babies needs. The first few days there is colostrum which provides the small volume needed for the baby’s stomach which is the size of a walnut.  It is high in protein and immunities.  It is “liquid Gold” for your baby and perfectly suited to their needs.

The colostrum changes on day 3, 4 or 5 to copious milk production and it’s important to offer the breast frequently at least 10 times a day.  Your baby should feel more satisfied since the volume has increased.  Offer both sides but it’s OK if the baby takes only one, he will probably wake up in an hour or two for the other side.

Other issues with formula

  • May establish a bovine milk allergen in some children
  • Changes the gut pH for up to one month, increasing the chance of infectious diarrhea
  • Affects the supply and demand balance that results from unlimited suckling and the baby controlling his own pattern of feeding
  • Increases the likelihood of engorgement by not emptying the breasts regularly when milk is coming in