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Monday, March 24, 2008

skin-to-skin vs. bottle propping

I've been wanting to collect "educational" photos like this that illustrate no skin-to-skin contact during a feed. I hated to see this baby being fed like this. Babies nurse for more than hunger. They need skin-to-skin when they feed for optimal development.

At least there is a human on the other end of the bottle and it's not totally propped, but I was watching the mother and baby and this bottle would have been propped if there was something to prop it on. Carrying this baby around in a sling would have made me feel so much better. It would have provided the skin-to-skin while bottlefeeding.

If you are going to deliver liquid to a baby in a bottle, can you please hold and touch the baby? Bottlefeeding does not mean you have to prop. Propping is dangerous. It may lead to choking and it is a type of abandonment. There should always be human touch when it comes to feeding a baby.

Deciding not to breastfeed is one issue, propping and lack of skin-t0-skin is another issue. No baby wants a double whammy.

6 comments:

Natalie said...

Argh...my cousin does this. Her baby is five weeks older than Eva and they prop her bottle (made with hot tap water, no less)and then they claim she likes it!!! I finally had to say something it was all too disturbing. Maybe I'll email her this post, you know, as a professional opinion. :)

Danibee said...

My step-children's egg donor did this with them - while she was outside smoking a ciggarette and talking on the cell phone. I have seen a lack of compassion in one of the children that I attribute directly to the lack of skin-to-skin bonding and attention she had with the child. It's so sad.

crispy said...

Do you realise that you have helped me become more aware of things like this? You have helped shaped my thoughts on slinging, bottles and babies.

Thanks for sharing your passions.

womantowomancbe said...

I saw a show on TV that had triplets, and it seemed that the mom exclusively bottle-fed them, and to top it off, they all three had a little doo-hickey that allowed them to be sat in their high-chairs or perhaps bouncy seats or something, and this thing held up the bottle for them. So, not only did they not get breastfed, they didn't get skin-to-skin contact, nor did they even get a human on the other end of the bottle!

Kathy

Danibee said...

I agree with Crispy. I've received such great information from your blog that has pushed me to go research things that for years I had just accepted as the norm. Thank you SO much for taking time out of your day to educate us and challenge us to re-think our babies care.

Elizabeth Dempsey said...

I was noting the other day that my children, even my teenagers, crave human touch. We have family prayer time every night in the living room and everyone snuggles in wanting to lean on or cuddle with a parent. I think that other children who do not still have affectionate parents seek out that affection in inappropriate ways. I think that bond that began during skin to skin time in their infancy has stayed strong through their childhood.

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