How do I use the time I spend bottle feeding to help me bond with my baby? 

Midwife Chantelle Winstanley talks about how you use the time you spend bottle feeding with your baby to help your bonding.

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How do I use the time I spend bottle feeding to help me bond with my baby?   Chantelle: “Bottle-feeding is a really special time. It's a time to get close, to snuggle up, to create a bond and just to have that time with each other. When you're close to your baby, the levels of a hormone called oxytocin will be increased. Oxytocin is known as the "love" hormone and it's created when mum and baby have got that close bond and connection.   Whilst you're bottle-feeding, it's really nice if you can look at your baby. Have eye contact and your baby will gaze back at you. Perhaps you want to swap arms in between the feeds, so your baby gets a different view of you and a different view of the world. You can still have skin-to-skin contact if you bottle-feed. Skin to skin means putting your baby naked against your bare skin.   If it's a cold room, you might want to drape a towel or a blanket over your baby. It's important to remember that skin-to-skin contact isn't just about mum and baby. Your partner can get involved, as well. You might wish to change the position you bottle-feed your baby in. Perhaps when you and baby are both lying down, just make sure that your baby's head is elevated, perhaps by using your elbow.   Bring your baby really close to your body. Learn to recognise your baby's feeding cues. Look out for signs when your baby is hungry. Be responsive to your baby's needs and pace the feeds accordingly. When your baby is hungry, your baby will open his or her mouth really wide, so you need to have the bottle ready. Aim the teat towards the back of your baby's mouth. If you find that the teat collapses during a feed, then gently touch the side of your baby's mouth to release the vacuum and start the feed again. Perhaps you want to burp your baby in between the feeds, as well. When your baby is full and satisfied, your baby will just automatically stop feeding.”    

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