Baby Bottle Feeding and Burping Positions

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    1: Hold your baby close

    Hold your baby close Bottle-feeding can be just as special of a bonding experience as breastfeeding. Position your baby extra close to you as you give her a bottle. Give her kisses and stroke her cheeks. The bottle-feeding experience should be a calm and loving one for you and your child.

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    2: Situate your baby semi-upright

    Situate your baby semi-upright When feeding, cradle your baby in your arms with his body only partly reclined. This keeps your baby’s head slightly raised so he can take in the formula properly. If she drinks lying down, formula can flow into the middle ear, causing an ear infection.

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    3: Tilt the bottle

    Tilt the bottle When feeding your infant, tilt the bottle so the milk completely fills the nipple. This decreases the amount of air that your baby is likely to take in, lessening her chances of having painful gas. Another way to make sure your baby isn’t taking in air is to watch the surface of the formula as your baby feeds. You should see bubbles forming if your baby is drinking correctly.

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    4: Use a pillow

    Use a pillow To support your baby, as well as your arms, put a pillow on your lap before positioning your baby for a feeding. This will keep your arms from getting tired and inadvertently slipping into a feeding position that isn’t good for your baby.

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    5: Over the shoulder

    Over the shoulder Sit upright and turn your baby to face you. Hold your infant close to you with his chin resting on your shoulder. Rub or pat your baby’s back until he burps.

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    6: Sitting up

    Sitting up Turn your baby away from you and place your hand on his chest. Position him so the top half of his body is tilted forward. Use your other hand to pat or rub your baby’s back until he burps.

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    7: Across the lap

    Across the lap Lay your baby across your lap so that he’s lying belly-down with his head hanging off your leg. Be sure to support your baby’s head and neck the whole time. Begin to burp your baby by rubbing or patting his back.

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