A breastfeeding bottle is a baby bottle that replicates the mother’s breast in form and function. This type of bottle allows the baby to drink from a bottle similar to how a baby feeds from their mother’s breast. The Bottle replicates the breast by having a wide contact surface and a round or dome shaped nipple. These features on a breastfeeding bottle are designed to allow the baby to have a wide latch onto the bottle just as the baby would latch to the breast.
The nipple on the breastfeeding bottle is the most important distinction between a standard baby bottle and a breastfeeding bottle. The texture of the nipple should be supple, soft, yet firm like the mother’s breast. A breastfeeding bottle will have a longer nipple than a standard baby bottle. This is to stimulate the baby’s upper palate to help the baby get a wide latch when first latching onto the baby bottle. Once the nipple hits the baby’s upper palate, the baby will close its mouth simulating the same reaction as when latching to feed from the mother’s breast. The breastfeeding bottle will have a slow or no flow nipple requiring the baby to use the same suckling motion as when feeding from the mother’s breast and creating a vacuum between the baby and the baby bottle. This produces a more natural feeding experience like feeding from the breast.
The latch should replicate the same latch as when feeding from the mother’s breast. A breastfeeding bottle helps create a wide latch where the baby’s lips are flanged around the nipple of the bottle. When the baby suckles on the breastfeeding bottle, the lower jaw will move rhythmically. This movement is a good sign the baby is working the breast milk or formula out of the bottle just as the baby would when feeding from the mother’s breast, engaging and strengthening the baby’s jaw (feeding) muscles.
Breastfeeding bottles provide a more natural feeding experience than standard baby bottles. Standard baby bottles may create lazy feeding. Lazy feeding or inactive feeding happens when the bottle does not require the baby to work to feed. A combination of breastfeeding and bottle feeding is common in the US as most working mothers must return to work six weeks or fewer after giving birth. Breastfeeding bottles will help reduce nipple confusion or what many lactation consultants refer to as bottle preference. Bottle preference is when babies lose interest in feeding from the breast because bottle feeding is easier. Breastfeeding bottles that require the baby to latch and suckle increase the likelihood a breastfed baby will transition back and forth smoothly between breastfeeding and bottle feeding. Other benefits of breastfeeding bottles for breastfed babies include a decreased risk of bottle refusal.
There are also benefits to using a breastfeeding bottle for exclusively formula fed babies. Breastfeeding bottles produce a more natural feeding experience developing the baby’s jaw muscles for better orthodontia. Standard baby bottles, where the flow is controlled by the flow rate of the nipple, do not require the baby to suckle and work their jaw muscles to eat. The anti-colic venting mechanism of a breast bottle helps reduce air intake and deliver a healthier, happier baby. The anti-colic venting is designed to mimic breastfeeding by reducing the intake of air while feeding from a bottle. When breastfeeding from the breast, babies can still have issues with air intake; however, this is usually due to feeding in a position that is not conducive for the baby’s latch. Feeding from the breast does not produce any air intake with a proper latch.
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