Bottle Propping: Time Saver or Weapon?

Posted Posted by Jill Roberson, MD in Articles, Blog     Comments No comments

The title is a little harsh.  I will admit that.  The fact is that propping the bottle can have serious health implications for a baby or toddler.

Propping the bottle is the practice of placing a nipple in a baby’s mouth while the bottle is propped on a towel or blanket at an angle to let the baby nurse from the bottle without anyone having to hol the bottle.

There are a few problems with this practice.  One issue is feeding time is a time for bonding with the baby.  If the bottle is propped, not much bonding is going on. Propping the bottle increases the risk of middle ear infection.  Propping the bottle can be a choking hazard and it is very bad for developing teeth.

Save time with other things, but get out of the bottle propping habit

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