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Basic of Bottlefeeding

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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