When a baby is born, the first thing they recommend to the mother is to put it to the breast so that, spontaneously, the child begins with the latch. In some specific cases - such as premature babies with weakness - it is difficult and it is recommended supplementation techniques so as not to ruin breastfeeding, They are also suitable for situations in which the mother has to be absent or comes back from work.
Breastfeeding is the ideal food for your child, since it has all the components that he needs for his proper growth and development. The World Health Organization recommends giving exclusive breast milk for the first 6 months of life and, from this age on, starting complementary feeding while maintaining breastfeeding if possible until two years of age.
If you are one of those mothers who decide to give breast milk and not infant formulas, at some point you will have to return to work; Or if you don't work, maybe you will have a meeting or social event and you will have to find an alternative; It can also happen that the baby's suction is not well established because the child does not latch on well to the breast (in the case of premature babies due to their weakness). What to do?
In any of these situations, you will see the need to leave expressed milk to give it, and in this case, breastfeeding experts recommend that no expressed milk is offered with the bottle for multiple reasons, including because it causes interference with breastfeeding, causing 'nipple confusion'. Join me in this article and you will see that you can use different techniques that will not interfere with or put breastfeeding at risk.
Because of how easy and simple it is, this technique is the most recommended. You can use a small plastic cup, but free of BPA (bisphenol A) or glass, even those that some medications bring are also useful. If the baby is very small, it is important that you do not fill him completely but half and that you place the little one in an upright position sitting on your lap, securing him with your arms behind his back, and that his head is straight.
Later, I recommend that you put a bib on him, in case milk spills, that you place the glass touching his upper lip and that you let him himself with his tongue (he will lick alone) take the amount of milk little by little. Of course, very important, do not pour milk in the mouth because it will not know how to handle the volumes of liquid and it can choke.
Glass with spoon
It is similar to the previous method, but in this case instead of hitting it directly with the glass, you will help yourself with a spoon, preferably made of silicone or BPA-free plastic.
It is another alternative used in the short term in babies with difficulties in sucking. It consists of a device that combines a dispensing spoon and a traditional jar. Most have a valve that just by pressing the milk comes out. The advantage of its use is that it allows to visualize and regulate the flow of milk and avoid spills, in addition to being economical and easy to use.
This method is ideal for relactation, that is, for premature babies who due to weak sucking due to immaturity do not latch onto the breast or in those who reject it. It consists of introducing a syringe full of mother's milk into the corner of your baby's mouth, at the same time that you introduce your little finger (with a previous adequate hand washing) and you administer the milk. By doing this, the baby sucks and you squeeze the syringe so that milk comes out. Once the baby has established suckling, the mother's breast can be offered again.
They can be used from 4 or 6 months, it all depends on the design, also some have an anti-spill valve, and others have a nozzle or regulating tube. They are great because your child becomes more independent.
Therefore, you can offer expressed milk with multiple techniques, which is the best? The one that suits you and your child, just try it and the one that suits you best, you choose!
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