It’s important you hold your baby close to you when you are bottle-feeding so that they feel safe and loved while they are feeding. Holding your baby also ensures they are safe from choking and that the bottle is at the correct angle to prevent ear infections. Lift the arm with baby's head slightly so he's in a semi-upright position. Do not leave your baby lying with a bottle to suck on – if babies fall asleep with milk in their mouth, their teeth can be damaged.
If you need advice and support with breastfeeding or formula feeding, you can ask for help from:
• Your family doctor or practice nurse
• Well Child nurse and Plunket Family Centre
• Your midwife or a lactation consultant
• Community or private practice dietician
• Parents Centre
BOTTLE FEEDING POSITION