My friends at Chinook City Doulas flawlessly give unbiased support in all feeding support. When seeking advice, you do not need to worry about feeling judged in your choices.
THERE ARE A FEW THINGS I KNOW ABOUT BOTTLE FEEDING.
You Are Not Alone
Judgement in infant feeding is strong, and with World Breastfeeding Week behind us, it is easy to feel the pressures of society when choosing a feeding method. It doesn’t matter what your reasons are behind choosing to bottle feed, you deserve to find a local Calgary support group, and feel confident in your decisions. You deserve to feel connected and supported on your journey.
Choices can be Overwhelming
Finding the right formula, or transitioning to a bottle can be difficult. Looking at the shelf, there are many different kinds of formula. Ready made, powder, liquid, soy-based and the list goes on. Every formula available on the shelf meets Canada Health Standards and provides all the nutrient requirements from birth to six months. It may be a trial and error on figuring out the correct formula for your newborn, talk with your care provider about any concerns you may have.
It Isn’t Always Easy
All infant feeding choices come with their own unique struggles. Whether it is finding a bottle which your newborn finds a good latch on and a formula which doesn’t upset their stomach may be some of the struggles you are dealing with. What ever the struggles, you will be able to find a way to overcome them. Contacting Chinook City Doulas for their infant feeding support can help you find the answers you are looking for in regards to a full nights sleep or support through getting your baby to accept a bottle.
A worry often associated with bottle feeding is overfeeding your newborn. Being aware of the size of a baby’s stomach, and how much your baby needs to eat. By feeding in an upright position, and bringing the nipple to the lips for your baby to accept on their own accord is a way to ensure that you are feeding them when they are hungry. Unlike a breast, the suction between the bottle and mouth continues to pull more milk through the nipple. Taking frequent breaks for burping, and offering the nipple will allow your baby to tell you when they are finished. Paced bottle feeding is also great way to help ensure your baby is never over fed.
You Are Successful
Your emotional and physical heath is one of the most important aspects of being an great parent. You cannot give your baby everything they need without being able to fill your cup as well. Don’t allow guilt in your infant feeding choices to cloud your judgement and love for your baby. You are accomplishing amazing feats as a parent.
Guest blogger Terra Landmark is a Certified Childbirth Educator, Labour and Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Postpartum Placenta Specialist and owner of Landmark Doulas in Edmonton, Alberta.