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Bottle feed guidelines

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:

  1. Seat at a comfortable and quite place to feed your baby.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

  1. 4-6 months: 600ml or 20fl.oz/ 1 pint breast milk or formula milk.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4.  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:

  1. Wash and sterilize all equipment until your baby is 6 months old, and bottles and teats for as long as they are used.
  2. 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.



Bottle feedings

Bottle feedings are very important to all babies, in this article we are discussing about need of bottle feeding.

If for any reason, you cannot or choose not to breastfeed from the start or when you go back to work that time you can give bottle feedings. Scientific research has produced formula milks that meet your baby’s requirements. Most of them are prepared from cow’s milk with modified protein, carbohydrates, fats and vitamins and minerals with proper ratio those found in breast feeding. Cow’s milk is high in protein and salt but direct cow’s milk is not easily digestible. Due to this it should be mix with sterilized water to avoid any contamination. Doctor or midwife will suggest the quantity of milk and water for your baby.

Bottle should be clean in boiled water, it should be completely sterilize at every use. If sterilizer is not available then use any utensil, add water keep for boiling now add bottles,when boiling starts wait for 15 minutes when water boils,this is for complete sterilization, cover the utensil. Due to 15 minutes boiling condition all contamination of the bottle will removed and  bottle will sterilized completely.

What you will need for bottle feeding?

  • Formula milk.
  • Bottles at least six or seven.
  • Teats (The rubber mouthpiece of a baby bottle and pacifier may also be referred to as a teat.) as many as you have bottles, try slow flowing teats to begin with.
  • Bottle and teat brushes.
  • Kettle.
  • Sterilizer.

How to prepare a feed?

  • Clean the surface where you will be preparing the feeds and was you hands.
  • Boil fresh tap water in a kettle. Water that has been boiled repeatedly in a kettle should not be used because it will contain too much sodium.
  • Leave the boiled water to cool. But not for more than half an hour. Official guidelines say that the water should not be less than 70▫c (158▫F) when you add the formula.
  • Pour the required amount of water into the sterilize bottles and then add precise amount of formula. Following the directions on the tin. The number of scoops of powder depends on the weight or age of your baby. It’s very important to add the powder to the water in appropriate quantity.
  • Fit the teat and cap back onto the bottle then shake to mix up the contents.
  • Cool the bottle under running tap water. It should be little warm just above body temperature. Test it by adding few drops on outside of your wrist.

Once your baby drunk from a bottle, throw away any remaining milk that has been used within two hours.

Nursing cover:

Breast feeding your baby is not always that easy – especially when away from home. Many nursing moms are feeling very uncomfortable when feeding their baby in public. Even though law in most states protects their rights to do so, it still takes a lot of courage to breast feed your baby in a busy public location. But it is as it is and often you do not have a choice – it’s either breast feeding in public or no breast feeding at all.

During breastfeeding, the nursing cover up can effectively cover up the mother’s breast from being seen by anyone in all direction while maintaining good air ventilation for the baby and enabling the mother herself to monitor the breastfeeding of her baby through the peek-a-boo pocket, so that the mother may feel comfortable to breastfeed her baby anytime in anywhere.

These nursing covers are pretty easy to wear. All you need to do is fasten the clasp behind your neck, or if it is a wrap around style, you can throw the ends around your neck. These covers are large in size, and can accommodate larger babies (it is recommended that you breastfeed your child until the age of two). Larger women can also easily use these wraps / covers while nursing their children.

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