Tips For Bottlefeeding
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Tips For Bottlefeeding

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Being prepared is essential when bottle-feeding your baby, whether formula milk or expressed breastmilk.

You will also need a bottle and tea if you need them. There are many types of bottles and teats available.

To figure out what works best for you and your baby, you may need to try a few different options.

You can also purchase additional equipment according to your wish.

Mums use an electric breast pump, among other options, while others express milk by hand. Furthermore, sterilization equipment can be purchased.

To know and understand tips for bottle feeding, read through this article. 

Tips For Bottlefeeding

Baby bottle feeding can be a warm and loving experience – snuggle your baby closely, look into her eyes, talk and coo to them.

However, if you prop up the bottle, your baby will not be able to feed on its own.

Not only will you miss out on the chance to bond with them while they feed, but you run the risk of having them choke on it, or it is falling out of place.

You may also risk getting an ear infection by stabilizing the bottle. 

Babies are typically content with drinking a bottle straight from the refrigerator, but they prefer to drink milk that has been warmed to room temperature.

It could be dangerous for a baby to swallow a bottle in a device that holds it in his mouth.

Place a bottle in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes to warm it.

A few drops should feel lukewarm when you apply them to your wrist. Wait until it cools off a bit before trying again if it’s too hot.

Microwaves should never be used to warm formula or human milk.

It may seem like the bottle is still cool to the touch, but the liquid inside is already too hot.

Microwaving also makes the liquid unevenly hot.

The formula or human milk may feel fine after a few drops are applied to the wrist, but some may be scalding.

In addition, if human milk is too warm, its composition can change.

Learn more from another post: Can Teething Cause Baby to Refuse Bottle

1. The Process Of Making Infant Formula

Each time you use a bottle or a teat, you should thoroughly wash and sterilize them. 

As formula powder is not sterile, the water must be at the correct temperature when making up infant formula. 

Therefore, you must measure the proper amount of water at 70°C into the bottle before adding the appropriate amount of powder (the directions on the packaging will tell you the amount of water and how many scoops).

Each brand has a different size scoop. Therefore, a person must exercise caution if milk powder is accidentally used excessively or insufficiently.

It’s essential to follow proper hygiene practices, such as washing your hands before preparing your baby’s feed and following instructions on the formula’s packaging.

Taking these precautions can help prevent an infection from spreading.

2. Baby Bottle Feeding: How To Do It

  • When you bottle-feed your baby, you can bond with and get to know them better. When you, your partner, or their primary caregiver feed the baby most of the time, the baby will feel more secure.
  • Make sure your baby is close to you while you sit comfortably. Then, feed them while gazing into their eyes and talking to them.
  • When feeding your baby by the bottle, hold them semi-upright. Ensure their head is supported so that they can swallow and breathe well. 
  • Let your baby pull the teat in a while, brushing it against their lips when they open their mouth wide.  
  • You should always allow plenty of time for your baby to eat.

You should sterilize your baby’s bottles and teats until they are at least 12 months old

Handle sterilized bottles and teats only after thoroughly washing your hands.

Make sure to follow the directions on infant formula packaging carefully when making the feed.

3. Use A Slow-Flow Feeding Method

A bottle-feeding style that is slow-flowing is very similar to breastfeeding.

Breastfed babies are used to getting food by working for it, and it comes out slower as a result.

Bottle-feeding, however, is easy and requires little effort.

When going back to breastfeeding after a bottle-feeding, the rate is faster, and babies can get used to it quickly, making breastfeeding more frustrating. 

Take five to ten suckles, and remove the bottle if you use a regular bottle. Allow your baby to breathe and swallow.

Replacing the bottle again is the next step. Your baby will learn to feed at a slower pace by doing this.

Similarly, a breastfeeding session should last about 15 minutes.

Summary

Now, you have the idea of tips for bottle feeding. Unfortunately, many myths are associated with starting bottle-feeding, making it more intimidating.

Experts believe this post is about helping mothers with this issue and easing anxieties for those who wonder when and how to introduce bottle-feeding to their children.

You don’t have to follow any rules when introducing a bottle into a baby’s feeding schedule, but here are some tips that may help you.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

After A Feeding, Why Doesn’t My Baby Settle Down?

It is common for a baby to cry and feel uncomfortable when swallowing air while bottle feeding.

Hold him upright against your shoulder or on your lap when you have finished feeding your baby.

Gently rub his back to help any trapped air escape. The air may not escape completely.

Sometimes, My Baby Gets Sick After Feedings. Why Is That?

A baby will generally bring up a little milk during or immediately after feeding.

Possessing, regurgitation, and reflux are all terms for this. Always keep a muslin square on hand.

Your baby’s teat must not have a huge hole. Do not force your baby to drink too much milk during feeding times.

Drinking too much milk too fast may make your baby sick. Also, it may result in your baby overfeeding due to this distress.

If this happens often, or if your baby seems to be in pain for any other reason, talk to your health visitor or GP.

And if this happens a lot, or if your baby is violently sick, or if you are worried about anything else.

Does Formula Cause Constipation In Babies?

When using the formula, always use the amount of powder recommended on the packaging.

Never use more formula powder than recommended. Using too much can cause your baby to become constipated and dehydrated.

If your baby is under eight weeks old and hasn’t done a poo in 2 to 3 days, speak with your midwife, health visitor, or doctor, especially if they are gaining weight slowly.

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Iesha Mulla

Iesha is a loving mother of 2 beautiful children. She's an active parent who enjoys indoor and outdoor adventures with her family. Her mission is to share practical and realistic parenting advice to help the parenting community becoming stronger.

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