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Please Note: Breastfeeding baby until the age of 12 to 18 months is ideal choice; Babies should be bottle-fed only when breastfeeding is not an option.

Basic of Bottlefeeding


Some basic precautions need to be followed to prevent infections in the baby. It is better to be safe than sorry. Bottle feeding requires lot of care. Here are some tips for bottle feeding.

Top 10 tips for bottle-feeding

  1. Check the expiry date on the can
  2. Clean the can before opening so that the powder does not get infected with germs
  3. The hole of the teat should be of the correct size so that the baby does not choke on a big hole, or get frustrated and not feel satisfied with a small hole.
  4. Avoid feeding babies in their sleep; most babies fed like this get tooth decay.
  5. Position the baby in the crook of your arm so that she is very close to you and in a semi-upright position;  she will swallow less air and feel a special closeness to you
  6. Have only one person (preferably yourself) feed the baby, so that she can bond with you.
  7. Discard leftover milk (or formula) to prevent breeding of bacteria
  8. Rinse bottles and teats after use for easier cleaning.


Any special precautions while using formula milk

Check the expiry date on the formula.  Make sure it is not past the expiry date. Do not buy leaky, damaged cans and dented containers. Before opening the can, wash the tops of the cans with detergent and hot water, rinse well and dry. 
 

My baby is not taking enough milk from the bottle

Do not be concerned if your baby does not seem to take much formula in the first few days. The newborn's need for nutrition is minimal. A baby who falls asleep after taking half an ounce or so, has probably had enough. However, a baby who fusses after taking only a small amount, turns her head away or lets go of the teat and refuses to take it back again, may be in need of a burping.
 

What should I do with the leftover milk

Once the baby has finished feeding throw out leftover formulas, do not reuse them. Even if the baby is being fed cow's milk or buffalo's milk, discard the remaining milk after the baby has been fed; it is a breeding ground for bacteria. 
 

Can I teach the child to recognize her bottle and start sucking

Let baby know that 'formula's on' by stroking his or her cheek with your finger. This will encourage the baby to turn in the direction of the stroking finger. Next, place the teat gently between the baby's lips and she will begin sucking.

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Aysha.8 years ago
If you are boiling 2 or more than 2 bottles, make sure that you you dont take out all the bottles from the vessel after boiling. Instead, take one bottle at a time and let the other bottles remain in the vessel immersed in the water which was used for boiling. Take the next one out just before the next feed.
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Aysha.8 years ago
If you are boiling 2 or more than 2 bottles, make sure that you you dont take out all the bottles from the vessel after boiling. Instead, take one bottle at a time and let the other bottles remain in the vessel immersed in the water which was used for boiling. Take the next one out just before the next feed.
 
 
 
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Jigisha.8 years ago
bottle should be cleaned properly before adding milk in it.
 
 
 
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madhu rajpal.8 years ago
bottle and nipple should b clean properly before adding milk in it
 
 
 
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Praveena.8 years ago
sir very use full article thank u
 
 
 
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Anjum Shaikh.8 years ago
the article was more of common sense and not useful at all to us.
 
 
 
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roushni.8 years ago
the bottle must be boiled at least five minutes before each feeding.
 
 
 
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