Breast versus Bottle Feeding
Is breastmilk the same from a bottle? There are several differences. When nursing from a breast, your baby's tongue pushes toward the roof of his mouth and increases peristalsis, or wavelike contractions of the stomach and intestines that move food along its digestive course.
Thus nursing from a breast increases your baby's ability to quickly digest his feed. Your baby is less likely to take in air when nursing from a breast and so is less likely to be gassy later. You are less likely to push your baby to finish the entire breast than the entire bottle. Only your baby knows how much milk he has consumed and you are more likely to end the feeding from a breast based on your baby's cues.
However, occasionally you or your baby are unable to breastfeed. In this case it may still be possible for you to pump breastmilk and bottle feed it to your baby. You both will still receive many of the health benefits associated with breastfeeding.
If you plan to pump for your baby be sure to get a good quality breastpump. At a minimum you will want an electric dual breast pump such as Medela's Pump in Style. Ideally you can rent a hospital grade pump. Contact your local area hospital or www.lalecheleague.org to find rental sources in your area.
All bottles are different. You may want to try various bottles and nipple sizes to see if your baby does better with one over another. Dr. Brown's bottles are unlike any other and actually reduce the amount of air a baby takes in, making them the best bottles for babies with colic and reflux.
Can a bottle really make a difference?
Dr. Brown's Bottles feature an internal venting system that eliminates air buildup inside the bottle, reducing gas, colic and spitups. They also have a special Y-cut nipple for thickening formula with cereal.