Ways to Be Supportive:
- Don't push the binki or bottle early on. The breastfeeding mom should have a well established latch before the binki or bottle is even thought of. The baby can get nipple confusion. The breast is much more difficult to latch to then a binki or bottle are. The infant will start to suck on the breast like a binki or bottle, which is an improper latch. The timing of introducing a binki or bottle can be different for each mom. It took me way longer then a lot of mom's, so I don't think that putting a number on the days for when a baby can take one is appropriate. When is a baby ready for a binki or bottle:
- When the breastfeeding mom has no pain while nursing. If the mom is in pain, the baby is not latching right.
- When the baby is growing properly.
- Get the advice of the babies pediatrician. Some pediatrician's will advise a mom to give a baby a bottle as a limited supplement if the baby is not nursing properly.
- Get the breastfeeding mom a Boppy or pillow. I'm not just talking about buying them one. Actually assist them in getting them positioned right for the baby.
- Get the mom some water, or Mother's Milk Tea. This will replenish the mom's supply of fluids being sucked out of her.
- Volunteer to watch the baby, so the mom can get some much needed sleep. The key thing is: Wake the mom up when it is time to nurse.
- Give the mom a massage. Relaxation helps with nursing.
- Cook the mom a meal. One of my favorite baby gifts was a home cooked meal!