Myth: One bottle is most like breastfeeding
Fact: Every mother has a unique shape, texture, and flow. Every baby has a unique suck. How can one brand be most like breastfeeding for every baby?
Myth: Wide neck nipples are most like a breast
Fact: Just because a bottle nipple looks like a breast does not mean it will act like a breast, or that a baby can achieve a good latch on that shape.
Holding the bottle horizontally will slow the milk flow.
Fact: Holding the bottle horizontally does NOT change milk flow! This is a very common myth circulating around the internet. We have studied flow extensively, and have proven that the angle of the bottle does not change the flow–not even a little bit.
Myth: Bottle use leads to nipple confusion
Fact: When a bottle nipple is chosen according to the shape that creates the best latch, and the flow of the bottle is controlled to mimic breastfeeding, nipple confusion is unlikely.
Myth: Mothers should not introduce a bottle
Fact: Actually, the mother is the only person who is acquainted with what her baby’s latch looks like on her breast. She is the perfect person to introduce the bottle to a young baby.
Myth: Don’t use a bottle until 1 week before work
Fact: Depending on the baby’s age, this may lead to nipple resistance and disaster. Older babies learn to prefer mom’s breast, and may be unwilling to even try a bottle. We suggest introducing a bottle around 3 weeks of age.
Myth: Bottle use leads to low milk supply
Fact: If a mother understands supply and demand, and she pumps her breasts with a high quality pump for missed feedings, it is possible for her to maintain her milk supply.
In Balancing Breast and Bottle, many common bottle-feeding myths are dispelled and replaced with accurate information. Learn how to choose and use the best bottle nipple shape for your breastfed baby. Your careful nipple selection and use will help you reach your breastfeeding goals.