How do you cup feed an infant? (see diagram)
# Place the wide-awake infant in an upright position sitting on your lap.
# Support the infant’s shoulders and neck with your hand, so that you have some control over the infant’s head. It may also be helpful to tuck the infant’s arms away by wrapping him/her up; this can also help to support him/her.
# Half fill a small cup. It is best if it is transparent so you can see the milk and with a thin rim (the rim must not be sharp).
# Place the cup at the infant’s mouth, resting the cup gently on the infant’s lower lip and so that the edges of the cup are at the corners of the infant’s mouth (where the top and bottom lips meet)
# Tip the cup so that the milk reaches its rim and the infant’s lower lip. Aim to keep the cup in this position.
# A pre-term or sick infant may lap the milk at first with the tongue, while a full-term infant will sip the milk. DO NOT pour the milk into the infant’s mouth.
# Be patient. Take the lead from the infant; let him/her decide when he/she has had enough.
# In order not to waste milk some people like to use a saucer to catch the spilt milk. With practise the mother can do this or somebody else can hold it .
# Measure the infant’s intake over 24 hours; the amount the infant has at each feed will vary.