Side-lying is a natural and nurturing position for your baby during feeding. This position provides complete support for your baby's entire body, allowing them to focus on their meal comfortably. With their body weight resting on your lap, a pillow, or the bed, they feel secure, stable, and relaxed throughout the feeding process.
Side-lying paced feeding gives your baby more control over their feed. It allows for pauses between sucks and swallows, facilitating breathing. If milk flow is excessive, it conveniently drips out of the baby's mouth instead of causing them to gulp it down rapidly, which can lead to discomfort.
By slowing down the feeding process, side-lying bottle-feeding encourages your baby to stop when they are full, reducing the likelihood of overfeeding. Unlike the traditional cradled bottle-feeding position, where continuous milk flow leaves the baby no choice but to keep swallowing, side-lying enables a more intuitive feeding experience.
Less Gas and Spit Up
In the traditional cradled bottle-feeding position, continuous milk flow often results in the ingestion of more air, leading to gassiness, spitting up, and discomfort. Side-lying bottle-feeding helps minimize these issues.
Comfortable for the Parent
Supporting your baby in your lap while they lie on their side eliminates the strain on your arms that can occur with other feeding positions. This approach allows you to observe your baby's cues and follow their lead during the feeding process.
Five Key Benefits of Side-Lying Bottle-Feeding
Postural Stability and Full Body Support
Slower Feeding Pace for Better Control
Prevention of Overfeeding
Reduced Gas and Spit-Up
Enhanced Comfort for Both Parent and Baby
To further assist you, we have a demonstration of side-lying bottle-feeding on our Instagram page here: