Basic of Bottlefeeding
Top 10 tips for bottle-feeding
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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