Infant Tips

Bottle Feeding Tips

Whether you have chosen to feed your baby formula, supplement breastfeeding with formula, or offer pumped breast milk for occasional feedings, you need to know how to prepare, fill and clean bottles quickly and easily. Here are some tips that will help.

Important DOs
  1. DO sterilize bottles and nipples. It is important to sterilize all bottle parts before you first use them. Follow instructions on bottle packaging or the bottle manufacturer’s website. Most bottles can be boiled for five minutes in a large pan of water or sterilized in a steam or microwave sterilizer. After the first use, sterilizing is optional; however, cleanliness is still essential. Rinse bottles and nipples as soon as possible after use, and wash thoroughly in the dishwasher or by hand (use warm soapy water and a bottle/nipple brush; rinse thoroughly; Allow to air dry or wipe with a clean, lint-free cloth).
  2. DO stock up. To ensure an adequate supply of clean bottles, ready to fill, you’ll need to have at least 8-10 bottles on hand. 
  3. DO prepare. Babies don’t always give a lot of notice when they’re hungry. Keep several bottles pre-filled and ready in your refrigerator. Be certain to read the instructions on your formula package for maximum storage times both in the refrigerator and at room temperature. Always discard mixed formula once the recommended time has expired. (Ask your doctor for specific instructions on storing and using breast milk.) 
  4. DO warm bottles properly. Use a bottle warmer or place the bottle in a cup of warm water. Consider offering the bottle at room temperature, or cold; some babies will happily accept a bottle that hasn’t been warmed.  
  5. DO test the temperature. Before you start feeding, shake the bottle, then test a few drops on the inside of your wrist; it will feel wet, but shouldn’t be noticeably hot. If it’s too warm, run the bottle under cold running tap water for a minute or two, and then test again. 
  6. DO get cozy. Find a comfortable place to sit, rest your arm on a pillow or arm rest, and support your baby in a semi-reclined to position. Keep a burp cloth within easy reach.
  7. DO make it a point to relax during feeding time. There’s a lot to be done with a newborn in the house; take these few quiet moments to admire your beautiful baby and take pride in successfully guiding yourself and this precious little person through another day.
  8. DO accept help. Don’t try to do everything yourself. Let visiting friends and family members wash bottles or load the dishwasher, change a diaper, give the baby a bottle, or help get up a burp. Use the time to prepare your next round of bottles. Or to relax and enjoy your company—and your baby.

Important DON’Ts
  1. DON’T warm bottles in a microwave oven. Microwaves heat unevenly and can create dangerous hot spots. Hot spots can burn your baby’s mouth or destroy important nutrients.
  2. DON’T put your baby to bed with a bottle. Prolonged contact with the milk in a bottle can cause tooth decay.
  3. DON’T alter formula. Every brand of formula has very specific mixing instructions. Never dilute formula with extra water or attempt to make it stronger with less water. Doing so can be harmful and endanger your baby’s health.
  4. DON’T introduce cow’s milk too soon. Talk to your pediatrician before offering cow’s milk to your child. Many experts recommend that children not be given cow's milk until they are at least 12 months old.

For more information:
http://www.babycenter.com/0_bottle-feeding-basics_752.bc http://kidshealth.org/parent/pregnancy_newborn/formulafeed/formulafeed_starting.html


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Jeferson
Hold him so so his head and neck are resting in the carese of you elbow, and your another arm underneath his bum and back, when feeding, raise his head a little so hes getting lots of support, bottles if he is formula fed should be made 1 onces to every scoop of milk, for example 2 onces of water = 2 scoops of milk powodermake sure you level the milk powder off with a clean knife before you put the powder in the bottle.if breastfed your mum needs to express some and store it in the fridge.make sure your in a quiet room with the lights dimmed and some soft soothing music, he should fall asleep during his feed anyway
6/11/2012 8:59:57 PM

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