SOrry so many questions but is it ok to bottle feed a baby to sleep. Every time i feed her she falls asleep. Any advice???
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Lise - posted on 09/10/2012
Rebekeh - my understanding is that when babies drink from a bottle, the milk can sit and pool in the mouth (since it drips out on its own, unlike from the breast). Also, breast milk has qualities in it that don't affect the teeth negatively.
I have no problem nursing my daughter to sleep, but would not have let her fall asleep with a bottle. My next door neighbor had all silver capped teeth by the time he was 2 due to bottle rot on his baby teeth. I realize your baby is still very young; I would just remove the bottle after she falls asleep and not let her sleep with it. Maybe use a cloth to wipe the teeth down.
Rebekah - posted on 09/02/2012
I have nursed all three of my kids (almost) to sleep until they were about a year old. At our house, I just make it part of their sleep routine: go to room, change diaper, nurse, lay in crib. As long as it's part of the routine and not the sole way of getting them to sleep, I don't see a problem with it. I know bottle feeding is a little different than breastfeeding, but if breastfeeders do it all the time, why not bottle feeders?
Elfrieda - posted on 09/01/2012
And mine slept about 9. :(
If she's gaining weight and alert when she is awake, I wouldn't worry about it. My dad always said that if the baby sleeps a lot, it means she's growing longer, and if she eats a lot, she's growing fatter.
Elfrieda - posted on 08/30/2012
I tried to follow the "schedule" of eat-play-sleep, it was supposed to help sleeping habits later on if the baby didn't depend on eating to fall asleep. My son started sleeping through the night pretty early, but had horrible napping issues, so who knows if it worked or not.
But my new philosophy is, do what works right now and don't worry so much about long-term habits when the baby is less than 4 months old. You can always train the baby to get used to something else later if what you're doing now stops working for you.
Amy - posted on 08/30/2012
How old is the baby? It's pretty common in the first few weeks/months for the baby to fall asleep with a bottle. I would discuss it with your doctor but you should be ok up until the point in which your little one has teeth.
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