Bottle Feeding Basics
When speaking to a number of our customers as well as friends and family we are hearing that very few parents to be feel that they are given any or enough information on bottle feeding their babies while there is a great amount of information and support on how to breastfeed, the benefits, hints and tips and more.
Here at More4Mums we recognise of course the benefits of breastfeeding however we also believe that many people want to be prepared just incase they decide to follow a bottle feeding regime or use it as a back up.
Have you found yourself feeling out in the cold at antenatal classes or perhaps you have found it difficult to find basic and sound advice on bottle feeding?
Sterilising and Making up Bottles
When choosing to bottle feed your baby you need to ensure that you have this basic minimum kit. You should have a number of bottles, teats, a bottle brush and a steriliser. All bottles and teats should be properly washed after use and sterilised.
Follow the instructions on the formula in order to make sure that you use the exact quantities. Using too much milk powder could cause dehydration while using too much could have an effect on the nutrition your baby receives.
Check the temperature of the bottle before attempting to feed.
How to Bottle Feed
When it is time for a feed firstly ensure that you are sitting comfortably. Which side baby with sit on will depend on whether you are left or right handed. Some parents like to position their baby so that they are looking directly into their face and their eyes.
Do not lie babies down when feeding, sitting them up as much as possible. This will enable them to feed easily and allow them to breathe clearly. Keep the teat of the bottle full with milk, not air and when it’s time push the bottle up against the lips until they take and start to drink.
It might take a few times to find the most comfortable and effective way to sit and feed.
During the feed your baby may need to take short breaks and bring up wind. You can help them to do this by sitting them upright and patting their back or rubbing it. They may only bring a little wind up which is fine. Do the same at the end of the feed too.
Left Over Formula
If you have any left over formula feed left in the bottle do not save this for the next feed, even if there’s quite a lot left. Always discard left over feed and start fresh with the next bottle.
Things to Consider
Teat Size / Flow
If your baby is having some problems with his or her feed and seems reluctant it may be worth trying a different type of teat. There are numerous types, all with different flows. Check the manufacturer guidelines to help you find the best teat for the age of your baby.
If your baby is very reluctant to feed, constantly brings up a lot of feed, appears out of sorts, is upset and perhaps has very nasty nappies after feeding it could be that the type of formula they use doesn’t suit them. It might be that they have an intolerance to one of the ingredients. Discuss this with your health visitor or GP if baby is unwell as they may be able to help.
Help and Support
If you need any further help or support with bottle feeding don’t hesitate to talk to your GP or your health visitor who should be more than willing to help.