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
Check the expiry date on the can
Clean the can before opening so that
the powder does not get infected with germs
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.
Avoid feeding babies in their sleep;
most babies fed like this get tooth decay.
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
Have only one person (preferably yourself)
feed the baby, so that she can bond with you.
Discard leftover milk (or formula) to
prevent breeding of bacteria
Rinse bottles and teats after use for
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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