If you have a newborn baby, the only way for you to feed them effectively would be to either breastfeed them directly from your nipple or by using a baby milk bottle and putting in some formula milk or breastmilk that was taken by a baby pump.
If you are scouring the internet for information about how to properly bottle-feed your baby, then you’ve come to the right place. Today, I am going to provide the information that you seek. Read further to be informed.
Always Sterilize the Bottle
The very first thing that you need to do would be to sterilize the baby milk bottles before you use them. This is especially true if you are using it for the very first time.
Sterilizing the bottles is pretty easy. All you have to do is get a pot and put some water in it. Allow the water to reach its boiling point and then put the bottles and nipples inside the pot and allow it to boil for about 5 minutes or so.
For some babies, they prefer drinking warm milk. If that is the case, you want to place the milk inside of the bottle and then put it in a pot of warm water. Put it inside for a few minutes, after which, you take it out and then stir the milk until there are no more hot spots. To help test if it is safe for their consumption, put a drop of the milk on your skin and see if it is okay to the touch.
I want to stress that you should not use the microwave for this purpose because of its uneven heat distribution and the fact that it could potentially destroy the milk bottle in the process.
Getting into Position
Your position when you’re feeding your baby matters. To help them drink milk more effectively, you want to cradle them in your arms and make sure that you make eye contact with them. Talk to your baby in a calm and soothing manner while they are sucking from the milk bottle. This will help them relax.
Once they’re feeding, you want to tilt the bottle in such a way that it covers the entire nipple. This will help prevent air to build up, thus preventing your baby to accumulate way too much gas.
No Guaranteed Amount
The truth is that feeding your baby does not follow any specific rules. There are some babies that would require more than the recommended dose. There are also others that find it hard to finish one bottle.
What I am trying to say is that every baby is different so all you have to do is find out what works best for your child.
It is important that you only introduce your baby to formula milk 4-6 weeks after conception. This is because breastmilk is still best for babies. Once that time period has passed, you can then slowly introduce them to it.