Myth: Feeding your baby is for bonding and turning off life, looking into their eyes, and devoting all your attention to them while you feed them.
It’s only for a short time. Surely you can devote all your love to them and cherish these small moments when you can.
Obviously you will master the bonding the best if you are breastfeeding. For the poor bottle feeders, you really need to overcompensate for the lack of bonding you’re susceptible to by being EXTRA present when you feed a bottle to your child.
Reality: Breastfeeding is one of many ways we can nourish our children who eat quite frequently, sometimes breastfeeding for years. Bottle feeding offers the same amount of bonding opportunities.
Sometimes you may bond with your baby while feeding them via either breast or bottle and stare at them lovingly. Other times, a lot of the time, you will watch TV, drink something, check Facebook, eat, or yell at your other children while you feed them.
AND THIS IS OKAY AND NORMAL.
This PSA brought to you by the rage I felt reading some comments on my friend Jamie’s (TheBabyGuyNYC) Facebook page the other day in response to a device that helps bottle feeding parents feed their baby one-handed.
May every parent, breast or bottle-feeder, feel guilt free about doing something other than bonding with their baby when they are feeding their baby.