Why Bottle Propping Is More Harm Than Help
We know, the struggle is real. You slept through your third snooze button, and now you’re scrambling to get ready in the morning and feed your baby at the same time. So you might be tempted to prop your baby’s bottle while you get dressed. While bottle propping may save you some time in the short term, in the long run you might spend more time in the doctor’s or dentist’s office with your little one. Here’s why:
- Bottle propping forces your baby to keep up with the flow, even if he’s full. While the milk keeps coming, your baby runs the risk of overeating—or worse, choking.
- When you prop a bottle for your baby, the risk of ear infections increases, and that’s not fun for anyone.
- During your baby’s feed, a propped bottle may slip, causing your baby to suck in air. And without the chance to burp, he’s bound to be gassy and fussy.
- Bottle propping can cause milk to pool up in the baby’s mouth and lead to eventual tooth decay.
The benefits of holding your feeding baby
So at the end of the day when you’ve weighed the pros and cons of bottle propping, just remember, this is not a shortcut you want to take. Let the laundry wait, and hold your baby during feedings. It is the bonding time you have now that you’ll remember forever.