MS, RD, LDN, CSSD, CBS
Rachel holds a Master’s in Nutrition Communication from Tufts University and is also a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She works as a nutrition and wellness coach with focuses on infant and maternal nutrition, mindful eating, and weight loss.
Paced bottle feeding is a method of feeding a baby with
breastfeeding difficulties or is temporarily away from mom. It helps “pace” the
feed similarly to a breastfeed, where baby controls the flow, and not the
It can be very useful in instances of extended latching
difficulties, instances when mom and baby are separated temporarily but want
the breastfeeding relationship to be maintained, and any other time that a
parent and/or lactation consultant or healthcare provider deems it useful.
It’s most useful for babies under 6 months old and can be
particularly effective for younger infants.
It’s important to keep in mind that this is just one method
that can help feed baby during latching difficulties or mom’s absence. Some
lactation providers are fond of a supplemental nursing system, some help moms
practice finger feeding, and there are still even more methods than that!
Some of the above methods need to be used and taught by a
trained lactation provider, while paced bottle feeding can easily be described.
Steps to paced bottle
Discuss the various methods of
feeding baby with your healthcare provider. Every method
doesn’t necessarily work for every mom, and it’s important to see which one
works for you – even if that means some experimenting!
If your goal is to get baby to
latch, don’t lose sight of it! For moms using this as an intermediate step to get baby to
latch, then keep trying to latch and working on it with your lactation
Educate other family members and
care providers about the technique.
“Paced Bottle Feeding: Infant Feeding Series for Breastfed Babies That Use a Bottle and Formula Fed Babies.” Minnesota Department of Health. Minnesota WIC Program, date accessed 2 August 2018. <http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/localagency/wedupdate/moyr/2017/topic/1115feeding.pdf>
Mohrbacher, Nancy. Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple: A Guide for Helping Mothers. Hale Pub L P, 2010