How to bottle feed baby without the guilt
Do not make the milk too concentrated because it cannot be thoroughly absorbed. Do not dilute it either, as it will not provide the optimal amounts of vitamins and minerals. Once the water is boiled, cool it a little and prepare the mixture. Keep in mind that you should never boil the mixture. Test the milk before bottle feeding baby. It should be warm, but not hot.
When learning how to bottle feed baby, remember that you should not force them to eat. Of course, there are a few nutritional standards out there, but do not panic if your little one has 150ml instead of 180ml. Maybe they have a low appetite during that day or perhaps they will feel hungrier later on. If your baby grows naturally and gains in weight, it means they have the optimal amounts of food. If these appetite issues become too frequent, discuss with a doctor for your peace of mind.
are few tips that will help you to bottle feed your baby correctly
- Wash hands before handling bottles or feeding baby.
- Wash bottles and nipples/teats with hot water and soap, and rinse well. Some sources recommend sterilization of all feeding equipment, particularly bottle nipples/teats.
- If infant formula is used:
- Wash, rinse, and dry the top of the formula can before you open it. Make sure that all equipment used has been thoroughly cleaned: can opener, measuring cups/spoons, mixing container, etc.
- Lot numbers should be kept for any infant formula or bottled water fed to the baby, so that parents can determine whether the product was subject to a recall.
- For powdered formula, a clean source of water must be available, free from bacteria. If tap water is used, the caregiver must decide whether to boil the water to eliminate bacteria (which may concentrate any heavy metals in the water), or to use unboiled water. Because powdered infant formula is not sterile, it should be mixed with water that is at least 70°C/158°F to kill any harmful bacteria that may be present in the formula (to reduce the risk of infection, do not mix with cooled water–even if it is bottled or has already been boiled). Cool formula before feeding to baby.
- Quantities the baby will need should be carefully estimated, since unused formula must be discarded after the feed.
- If you are using both breastmilk and infant formula during the same feed, it’s best not to mix them in the same bottle. This is simply to avoid wasting breastmilk when baby does not finish the bottle (since it contains formula, contents must be discarded at the end of the feed). Feed the breastmilk, then follow with formula.
- More information here from the American Academy of Pediatrics and UNICEF UK
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Never rely on used or scratched bottles when learning how to bottle feed a baby. Although many bottles can resist hot water, avoid pouring recently boiled water. Instead, let it cool for about half an hour.
In conclusion, learning how to bottle feed a baby is not rocket science. Instead, it implies following a routine and paying attention to a few special details.