One easy to implement alternative feeding method is cup or spoon feeding. Using this methods can be beneficial for an baby that has jaundice, poor elimination patterns, or bad latch. Cup feeding helps reduce the occurrence of nipple confusion and allows the infant to lap milk at its own pace. It can be messy but is an easy temporary solution.
To begin place a towel around your baby or loosely wrap them in a blanket. Fill the spoon or soft flexible cup with expressed breast milk and bring to the baby’s lower lip. Drip just enough milk into their mouth to give them a taste. DO NOT POUR!
Before starting any alternative feeding method be sure to consult with your doctor or lactation consultant.