Bottlefeeders don't prop bottles

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Bottlefeeders don't prop bottles
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Fri, 07-15-2011 - 12:07pm

Most tell us that they do not prop their baby's bottles. But when I look around I wonder, how many continue to hold their baby once the baby is old enough to sit and hold their own bottle?

How many continue to hold their toddler when they give them a sippy cup? How many continue to hold an older child while they have a drink?

A BF baby, toddler, child is held at every nursing. Can the same be said for the bottlefed baby, toddler, child?

And does it make any difference?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Fri, 07-15-2011 - 12:12pm

I knew a bottle feeder once who did how the bottle and cuddle for feeds after she could hold her own bottle.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Fri, 07-15-2011 - 12:25pm

I remember one poster saying that she continued to hold her child for every bottle as well. I wonder how common that is?

Everywhere I go, I see babies holding their own bottles, i have not personally met a mother that continued to hold the bottle more than occasionally, once the child could sit.

BTW, has anyone seen that Walmart commercial, where the mom is leaving and the older little one has to go pee first? As they go out the door, mom props a bottle in the infant carrier, to a baby who doesn't look old enough to hold the bottle himself.

Thumbs down for Walmart.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-16-2010
Fri, 07-15-2011 - 2:10pm
witch_power wrote:

Most tell us that they do not prop their baby's bottles. But when I look around I wonder, how many continue to hold their baby once the baby is old enough to sit and hold their own bottle?

How many continue to hold their toddler when they give them a sippy cup? How many continue to hold an older child while they have a drink?

A BF baby, toddler, child is held at every nursing. Can the same be said for the bottlefed baby, toddler, child?

And does it make any difference?

My baby was held for every bottle until she stopped using bottles.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-07-2005
Fri, 07-15-2011 - 11:16pm
jessica765 wrote:
witch_power wrote:

Most tell us that they do not prop their baby's bottles. But when I look around I wonder, how many continue to hold their baby once the baby is old enough to sit and hold their own bottle?

How many continue to hold their toddler when they give them a sippy cup? How many continue to hold an older child while they have a drink?

A BF baby, toddler, child is held at every nursing. Can the same be said for the bottlefed baby, toddler, child?

And does it make any difference?

My baby was held for every bottle until she stopped using bottles.







Lilypie




iVillage Member
Registered: 03-16-2010
Sat, 07-16-2011 - 1:49pm
spud_77 wrote:
jessica765 wrote:

My baby was held for every bottle until she stopped using bottles.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-24-2008
Sun, 07-17-2011 - 12:36am
To me "bottle propping" pertains to children who cannot hold their own bottles. The bottle is propped up with something to keep the bottle in the baby's mouth. A baby holding their own bottle is not bottle propping to me.

All three of my kids all learned to hold their own bottles, and would want to once they learned whether they were on my lap or not. They all had plenty of cuddles too, wether through bf'ing or just naturally unrelated to feeding.

Having said all that, I do know that SOME ff'ers prop bottles. We may not hear it much here but iVillage doesn't necessarily represent the entire population. Most of us have seen it, and people keep inventing new tools to make propping more effective so we know some do it.
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Registered: 10-01-2010
Sun, 07-17-2011 - 7:34am
harmony08 wrote:
To me "bottle propping" pertains to children who cannot hold their own bottles. The bottle is propped up with something to keep the bottle in the baby's mouth. A baby holding their own bottle is not bottle propping to me.


No, I was not equating children holding their own bottles to bottle propping. I was thinking more of that parents that would never prop a bottle, still may stop holding the child, once the child can hold their own bottle.

And, if the concerns about body contact and attention are there with bottle propping, are they still there when a child is left to hold his or her own bottle as well?

With the push to get a child off the bottle and onto a cup by one year old, when the biological norm would be to still be nursing, does the average child still get enough body contact and attention?

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-24-2008
Sun, 07-17-2011 - 8:32am

And, if the concerns about body contact and attention are there with bottle propping, are they still there when a child is left to hold his or her own bottle as well?

With the push to get a child off the bottle and onto a cup by one year old, when the biological norm would be to still be nursing, does the average child still get enough body contact and attention?

The concern for bottle propping is partly contact, but the main one for me is the risk of choking.

"The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding."
Malcolm Gladwell Blink

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-29-2005
Sun, 07-17-2011 - 1:48pm
harmony08 wrote:

And, if the concerns about body contact and attention are there with bottle propping, are they still there when a child is left to hold his or her own bottle as well?

With the push to get a child off the bottle and onto a cup by one year old, when the biological norm would be to still be nursing, does the average child still get enough body contact and attention?

The concern for bottle propping is partly contact, but the main one for me is the risk of choking.

 


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Registered: 01-07-2005
Sun, 07-17-2011 - 6:00pm
witch_power wrote:
harmony08 wrote:
To me "bottle propping" pertains to children who cannot hold their own bottles. The bottle is propped up with something to keep the bottle in the baby's mouth. A baby holding their own bottle is not bottle propping to me.


No, I was not equating children holding their own bottles to bottle propping. I was thinking more of that parents that would never prop a bottle, still may stop holding the child, once the child can hold their own bottle.

And, if the concerns about body contact and attention are there with bottle propping, are they still there when a child is left to hold his or her own bottle as well?

With the push to get a child off the bottle and onto a cup by one year old, when the biological norm would be to still be nursing, does the average child still get enough body contact and attention?

I can understand that question from a mother who nursed her child to five and a half however, I think enough body contact and attention is really about what a child needs and is provided with.







Lilypie




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