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One of the ways breastfeeding is thought to foster mother-infant bonding is through the frequent and close physical contact that breastfeeding provides. I would encourage mothers who are bottle feeding, whether with breastmilk or formula to make sure their baby is held for all feedings. Bottles should never be propped for safety reasons and even as the baby gets old enough to hold the bottle on her own I would still recommend holding the baby in your arms for feedings. Babies who are bottle feeding can also enjoy some skin-to-skin contact, whether at feeding time or other times. Holding your baby against your bare skin is a wonderful experience that I would encourage you not to miss out on.
Research shows that there are components in breastmilk that enhance the development of your baby’s vision. It has also been proposed that switching sides at the breast helps promote the equal development of both eyes. You may want to try to switch from your left to your right arm at alternate feedings when holding your baby as you bottle feed, rather than using the same position each time to help encourage this development.
Wondering if your baby will ever accept the breast? Turn to the next page to find out how to make peace with feeding your baby your expressed milk.
Will Your Baby Ever Accept the Breast?
Even with the help of good LC, it is not always predictable if a baby will eventually breastfeed effectively. And then again, I have heard of some babies eventually latching on and breastfeeding after as long as four months of being fed expressed breastmilk.