Updated on June 15th, 2016
Having a newborn baby is full of many exciting and frustrating times. Unfortunately, newborns don’t come with an owner’s manual (oh how I wish they did); and a lot of first-time parenting involves trial and error as you get to know your baby. Although nursing comes easily to some, it takes most babies quite a while to figure things out. Whether you choose to breastfeed, bottle feed, or combine the two, I’m all about what’s doing best for mom, baby, and your current situation.
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The Best Way to Combine Breast and Bottle Feeding
There is no doubt that breast milk is extremely beneficial for newborn babies and recommended by pediatricians. However, I also know that a lot women have a difficult time breastfeeding, can’t produce milk, or can’t breastfeed due to certain circumstances. For personal reasons, I chose to combine breast and bottle feeding with both of my babies.
For the first five months of both of my children’s lives, I alternated between breast and bottle every few feedings. A lot of women asked me how in the world I was able to give my babies a bottle and still have them latch while nursing. The answer: it’s all about choosing the perfect bottle!
When choosing a bottle for your baby, you need to make sure that it mimics breastfeeding in feel, form, and function. Thankfully, Chicco NaturalFit® Bottles are designed to provide an easy transition from breast to bottle. Intended for the perfect latch, these bottles are designed with an angled nipple with a rounded base; not only does it mimic a breast, but it helps create the perfect feeding position for both mom and baby. Supporting baby’s natural feeding motion, Chicco NaturalFit® Bottles are also equipped with extra soft nipples and active flexors.
Best of all, these bottles also help relieve colic and gas with their dual valve design. Created with the perfect fit and flow, these bottles are available in 3 difference sizes to grow with your baby. Transitioning between breast and bottle feeding has never been easier thanks to Chicco NaturalFit® Bottles. You can find Chicco NaturalFit® Bottles ($8.99) at Toys “R” Us, buybuyBaby,and Chiccoshop.com.