Bottle in mouth?

Rachel - posted on 12/21/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My friend has a 4 month old daughter and she always seems to swaddle her and feed her by putting the bottle in her mouth and holding it there with blankets.... i think its a little strange, but she says its the only way to feed her and get her to fall asleep...... any opinions???

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Merry - posted on 12/26/2009

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i think that babies deserve to be breastfed if at all possible and if it is legitimately not possible, as in the doctor said so, then they really sould be held as they eat so they dont miss out on the natural connection they are supposed to have as our babies.

Leslie - posted on 12/22/2009

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Well,she missing out on bolding time with her baby plus she teaching she baby to only fall a sleep with the bottle and it's not good for the teeth. the milk inside the babys mouth when she falls a sleep cancausse added bacteria to grow and the baby teeth could come in bad/ also this bacteria can enter the stomic and cause intestail problems. It's not a good thing. she setting she baby up for alot of health issues.

Sarah - posted on 12/21/2009

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In my opinion feeding time should be bonding time. There are many bad habits she might be starting doing it the way she is. Having baby fall asleep to the bottle makes it harder to put them to bed when you want to stop with the bottle, it also makes it more likely for bottle rot (rotten teeth). BUT in saying that my opinion is that unless she is asking you for advise I would be careful in what you say to her. Approach it the same way you would want to be approached about something you do that others may not agree with. Sometimes things are worth being said and sometimes it is better to just accept that is a different way and it works for that person.

Brandi - posted on 12/21/2009

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You really aren't supposed to do this. It's bad for their teeth and gums (can cause sever tooth decay as they come in) plus the baby could choke if left unattended. I will confess, however, that with my second baby I would RARELY be forced to do this (as he HAD to be fed and I HAD to be doing s.th else) I NEVER left him unattended and he was much older than 4 mos. (he could almost hold it on his own). It's probably the only way she will fall asleep cuz that is the only way she's been fed. It really shouldn't be done at all and IF you must it really should be the absolute very last resort. (like I said, I RARELY did it; I could count on one hand the number of times I HAD to do it with my son with fingers left over)

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i used 2 sometimes do this as my daughter used 2 take agesssssssss!! 2 drink.
and also when she was bit older if i was out and she was in the pram i used 2 prop it up wiv blankets.
when u have a child doesnt sleep very good u do anything!! i should no lol.

Camille - posted on 12/21/2009

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to be honest i use to do that to it makes it easier to get stuff done when there is no free time i always checked on my son tho. it also taught him to hold his own bottle a little faster

Kimberley - posted on 12/21/2009

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whatever works for her i say, as long as no harm to the baby or her occurs x

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is she is not watching her then that is not very sids safe, and it can be bad for her teeth , even if they are not through yet. plus she is missing out on that bonding time of feeding her. my son could hold his own bottle at 4 months, he could lie on our couch, his legs on me, and he would old his bottle and i would stroke his hair, he often fell asleep like that, and i would just hold the bottle until he was done and then put him in his bed.

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