A video is going viral on Facebook showing a new baby feeding in a very unusual way.
The video of an infant feeding from a tiny medicine cup was shared on the The Peaceful Lactivist Facebook page and has attracted over 121K views.
Mum explained in the original post, “My baby is only A few hours old in this video and I lost nearly 4 litres of blood during the delivery and I had two operations. It took time until I could breastfeed because of all the blood I have lost. At the hospital where I gave birth we only got a little cup to feed my baby with they had no alternative, for example, bottle.”
According to ABA cup-feeding is actually quite common.
There are some situations in which your baby/toddler may not be able to feed directly from your breasts. If this is the case, you can choose to feed her/him your breastmilk using another method.
Depending on your individual circumstances, other feeding methods may include use of a bottle, breastfeeding supplementer, spoon, syringe, finger etc. A breastfeeding counsellor or lactation consultant can help you work out what method may work best for you and your baby.
Cup-feeding may be particularly useful when small volumes of breastmilk/colostrum are being given and during emergency situations.
For a full-term baby, cup-feeding can be used when:
- You and your baby are separated for a period of time.
- You need to give your nipples time to heal.
- Your baby is refusing to breastfeed.
- Your baby has a minor cleft of lip and/or palate
- Avoid nipple confusion
Find out more info on cup-feeding on ABA here.
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