Bottle feeding is very important task fr children. Initially infants do not want bottle feed but after certain feeds he or she adjust to bottle feed. In this article all the information on bottle feed is mentioned. Try to use this.
Bottle – feed to your baby:
- Seat at a comfortable and quite place to feed your baby.
- Hold your baby with her head in the crook of your arm bring her in close to you. Her head should be higher than her stomach to help for easy digestion and her back should be straight, to prevent her from swallowing too much air.
- Tip the bottle up so that the teat fills with milk and not by air. Now keep it tilted all the time during complete feeding of her.
- Use the time while your baby is feeding to bond with her. Smile, sing or talk softly to her. Let her take as much time as she likes to feed. Give some intervals during feeding so she can fill more comfortable.
- Burp (involves the release of gas from the digestive tract) her either during or at the end of a bottle feed. Bottle fed babies tend to need more winding than breastfed babies. You always keep muslin cloth to hand because she will probably regurgitate (Vomiting) some of the milk.
How much and how often to feed your baby?
In the early days she will need to be fed little and often same like breastfed babies, possibly 50ml (1and half oz) every one or two hours. When she becomes three or four weeks old then she needs approx 85 ml (3fl oz) milk, after every 2.and half hour to 3 hours. This feeding will increase to 115 ml at one month old age and 198 to 227(7 to 8fl oz) ml at four months old , with five feeds a day.
How much formula milk should I give to baby?
- 4-6 months: 600ml or 20fl.oz/ 1 pint breast milk or formula milk.
- 6-9 months: 500-600ml or 17-20fl oz/ 1 pint breast milk or formula milk with small amount of whole milk in cooking or breakfast cereals.
- 9-12 months: 500-600ml or 17-20fl oz/ 1 pint breast milk or formula milk with larger amount of whole milk in cooking or breakfast cereals.
- From 1 year: Minimum 600ml or 20fl oz. or 1 pint or 350ml whole milk with two small servings of dairy produce in cooking.
Safety: Warm milk makes an ideal breeding ground for the bacteria that cause stomach upsets, so you should take every precautions:
- Wash and sterilize all equipment until your baby is 6 months old, and bottles and teats for as long as they are used.
- Clean all traces of milk from used teats with a bottle brush and hot, soapy water. Rinse well and sterilized before re-use.
Storing bottle milk:
In the past, it was common to make up all the bottles that are needed to your baby for the whole day at one time only. But in November 2005 Department of Health changed and now recommended that, a fresh bottle should be prepare for each feed. This is because formula milk is not sterile and there is small risk of contamination from microorganisms, if made up formula is kept for long time. If you need to prepare bottles in advance, then store freshly boiled water in bottles which you can warm up when you need it and then ad the formula milk at the last minute.