When you breastfeed your baby they get to control how much milk they get, and how fast they get it.
Bottle feeding is very different. The milk flows fast! Sometimes babies choke. Sometimes they gulp quickly with wide eyes and a worried look.
How can we help our babies with bottle feeding and cope with this quick flow and not develop a preference for that quick milk flow? This is important for all bottle-fed babies, no matter what is in the bottle. However, for mothers who have returned to work and are needing to bottle feed while they are away, this technique is critical. It will help your baby not to overfeed while away and teach them that all feeding is work and takes time, just like breastfeeding. What a great life lesson. We also have a new podcast that can help shed some light on this situation.
“Pacing (Kassing)” the bottle feed:
Helps babies feel safe and comfortable while they feed.
Helps keep flow more like breastfeeding.
Helps reduce overfeeding of babies with a bottle.
Helps protect the breastfeeding relationship.
How “pacing” the feed works:
Some families worry that the baby will swallow more air feeding this way and become gassy. Think of it this way, do you swallow more air sipping tea or chugaging a big glass of something? Gulping quickly actually causes more air swallowing!