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Do You Prop Your Baby's Bottle?

Do You Prop Your Baby's Bottle?

Lots of mothers consider feeding baby essential bonding time. Others (especially those with older children or multiples) who bottle-feed and need to be on their feet will resort to a bottle prop on occasion or routinely. Using a blanket or specific product made for the purpose the mom frees up her hands while her babe eats uninterrupted. Do you ever do this?

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MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
Thank you amanda!!
amandachalynn amandachalynn 6 years
Congrats Miss Sushi, he's beautiful! I also propped every once in a while. Yes it can cause problems if you're doing it all the time, but every once in a while won't hurt anything.
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
Yup, starbucks!! We had our son on March 11th! He was 3 weeks early and I had to be induced becuase I developed preeclampsia. He did pretty good though, only a little trouble breathing at first, some help for about half an hour and he was good to go. I tried to add him as a family member to my profile, but i cant figure it out for the life of me haha. the whole profile thing is way diff from the last time i updated anything.
mstrauss mstrauss 6 years
I usually held the bottle while feeding my son, but if we were taking a walk and he suddenly freaked out and got hungry, I would prop the bottle with a blanket (or anything else I had on hand). I wasn't going to just stop and sit wherever I was for 30 minutes. He was happy to drink and roll :) I have a second on the way and I'm sure I will prop his/her bottle as well at some point. I don't plan it, or even want to buy one of those accessories to help prop, but sometimes you have no choice.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
I nursed my daughter for the first three months. When I did decide to bottle feed, I did so with way too much guilt (because really, I still gave her love and food, and switching to formula knocked my postpartum depression WAY down since I could sleep and take medication). So, I made sure to never prop her bottle and always hold her as I would if I was nursing her. On the other hand, I had one baby. She's my one and only, and she had no health problems that would have sapped my energy even further, so I didn't need to prop her bottle. If I had a toddler to take care of, or if she had a twin (or higher-order multiple siblings); or if I ever got to the point where I literally could not stay awake while sitting and feeding her, I'd prop the bottle. It's not the healthiest thing to do, but a propped bottle will not lead a baby down a path of ruin.
starbucks2 starbucks2 6 years
MissSushi, who is that little munchkin? Did you have another baby? If so, congrats!
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
I loved holding them while they were being fed, and really wish i'd been able to breastfeed. Though, I did prop when my first was older, right before she could hold it herself. She was colicky and had a host of other issues and taking a bottle to bed was the only thing that put her to sleep. She hated being cuddled or held or rocked, so i did what i had to do to keep sane and get a little sleep. I didn't like it, and I worried about her teeth, but i just took the bottle out once shed fallen asleep. She was still waking up every hour to hour and a half then, and i was incredibly frazzled.
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