Paced Feeding is a technique that allows your baby to control a feeding session and eat at their own pace.
Many of you may already be familiar with this concept which is becoming increasingly spoken about among health visitors and other support networks for new mums. Simply put, paced feeding is a technique that allows the baby to control the feeding session and eat at their own pace. In this way it aims to introduce slow feeding to more closely mimic breastfeeding. This is in contrast to traditional bottle feeding where babies drink at a steady rate. If the baby receives the milk at a faster rate than when breast-feeding it can then affect her ability to return to the breast and/or cause the baby to take in too much milk, too quickly. This in turn can lead to the baby being overwhelmed and/or overfeeding.
If you are wanting to adopt a paced feeding approach with your little one then you will also want to consider the type of bottle that you use. The good news is that the the award winning Haberman Suckle Feeder is available in the marketplace and is recommended for paced feeding by lactation consultants as it was designed specifically with breastfeeding in mind.
The Haberman Suckle Feeder "is a superior tool that allows babies who must receive a bottle to feed in a relaxed paced manner as they do when they are breastfeeding. It helps make the baby comfortable transitioning from breast to bottle (and vice versa) ... Paced feeding is the most desirable bottle-feeding method and Haberman’s design is superior as air is completely eliminated from the teat. Paced feeding prevents a baby from guzzling and is helpful in the effort to reduce childhood obesity. Mothers returning to work need a bottle that will make a baby more likely to continue breastfeeding when a mother is not working. The Haberman Suckle Feeder is a great solution.” (Lactation Consultant)
The Suckle Feeder has significant advantages over using any other bottle as it:
For paced feeding, the baby should be in an upright position. With ordinary bottles, this means that the teat is half full and the baby can ingest air. With ordinary bottles, you have to intermittently tip the bottle down, breaking the baby's lip seal, to pause feeding. This can cause the baby to ingest air. You don't need to do this with Suckle Feeder because the baby controls the flow and mum can regulate it without interrupting feeding.