Paced bottle feeding can be simply explained, however, I feel that due to its kinetic nature, it can be harder to implement with your baby and do consistently as a practice than it is understood. There are many benefits to paced bottle feeding, including less gas, increased interest and continuation of ability at the breast (and in my experience, even improvement with patiences and drive for milk at the breast), also paced bottle feeding can eventually lead to increased intake of milk with the bottle due to its nature of engaging the caregiver and the baby.
The most basic principal of pace bottle feeding is to position the baby. Ideally you would want the baby in a close to verticle position and the bottle in a close to horizontal position. With this information alone, it is almost possible for anyone to intuitively figure out how to pace bottle feed. However there are a few other tips on how to make the paced bottle feeding go even more smoothly.
Ideally you will always be placing some milk in the nipple of the bottle. This can be done through various tilts to one side or another and can look a bit confusing to an onlooker. It can also be good to leave some air in the nipple. The air won’t necessarily lead the baby to swallow more air with each feeding because the baby has to focus on sucking more with paced bottle feeding than a regular feeding where you would try to drip more milk into the babies mouth. The coordination of sucking in a pattern with swallows helps a baby to not choke on milk and may potentially help with absorption. With paced bottle feeding I use a breastfeeding friendly bottle with about a one flow because it gives me and the baby the best control.
With these three principals in mind: upright position, filled nipple with stream-like direction energy and some air compartmentalized in the nipple you should be able to paced bottle feed your baby successfully or tell someone else how to paced bottle feed while you are able to get something done.
There are also a few individual things that I like to add onto bottle feeding that I call a personal touch. One is making sure that when you move the baby around, trying to make sure it is as relaxing as possible for the baby, talking or softly singing to the baby, making eye contact with the baby and warming the milk. These are essentially sending the baby the message to be engaged in the feeding too! Also the baby doesn’t have to completely finish the bottle, but should get adequately fed during the feeding. It is okay for the baby to blow bubbles into the milk as a way of slowing down or comfort suck on the bottle but the caregiver should notice if the baby is becoming overly excited or disengaged in that bottle feeding.
Often times with paced bottle feeding, there can be slightly different ways of feeding that still fall under the category of paced bottle feeding. That is why I question the use of a video to explain paced bottle feeding. However, Kelly mom has some other good suggestions on how to incorporate paced bottle feeding into ones’ life https://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/feeding-tools/bottle-feeding/ including keeping the bottle feeding times the same as the breastfeeding times, also gentle allowing the baby to draw the nipple in, feeding the baby to satiation only and switching sides mid feeding. I am grateful for all of these suggestions. I hope you find them helpful for you too.
I am a mother of two, an RN, an IBCLC, and a spiritually minded, caring person. Here I am now, writing about my journey, my faith and trust in breastfeeding in hopes that it will help you along with yours…