You could be daunted at the thought if you’ve never fed a baby once. A couple of times later, however, you’ll wonder what you’re worried about.
It can take a while to get used to introducing bottle feeding to a baby, so don’t be frustrated if in the first few occasions, it does not go well. To get you through, here are some useful and best bottle feeding tips.
Know that this may be the calmest moment of your day with a newborn, so appreciate it. Get relaxed and hold the remote control and the phone within arm’s reach, then indulge in your little one’s closeness to you.
It Helps to Be Prepared
It helps to be ready, whether you’ll be bottle-feeding your baby with formula milk, expressed breastmilk, or a combination of the two. Ensure you purchase whatever kit you need, such as bottles and teats.
There are several different kinds of bottles and teats available. It may take a little while to try a few other options to see what feels right for you and your baby. If you wish, you can also obtain additional equipment.
For context, some parents prefer the usability of electric bottle warmers, while others would use an electric breast pump to produce milk by hand. A variety of sterilization equipment is also available in stores.
Assume a Comfortable Position
If your baby is a quick eater, you will keep him or her for up to 20 minutes each feeding period, so you might just as well be comfortable. With the crook of your arm, support your little one’s head.
Hold the baby up at a 45-degree angle so that he or she doesn’t swallow a lot of air, and align his or her neck with their head. Having your baby this way will tire your arm out, though, so place a pillow on your side to lean on your arm.
Halfway through the bottle-feeding session, switch sides. This will not only give a rest to your arms but will also bring your baby a new perspective.
Wind Your Baby
While feeding, your little one might want brief breaks and may need to be burped occasionally. Mostly during the feed, they may display the signs of discomfort that could indicate they need to wind.
To bring up some wind, keep them upright and rub or lightly rub their back. When they are more relaxed, keep feeding your baby.
Make sure the bottle teat stays full of milk during the feed while you’re bottle-feeding your baby so that they do not consume too much air. Some babies would need more winding than others.
Respond Quickly to Your Baby’s Needs
Responsive feeding is mostly about seeking to respond effectively to the needs of your baby, not getting sidetracked throughout feeding time and not allowing your child when they’re no longer hungry to over-eat or finish bottles of milk.
Responsive feeding researches show that it can deter parents from over-feeding their babies and thereby lower the incidence of obesity. Remember to throw away any excess milk after you have finished feeding your child.
The best moment to enable yourself to disregard the day’s pressures and have a wonderful moment with your child can be feeding time.
Feeding your baby often can feel exhausting and time-consuming in the early days, particularly when they eat little and often and you have to get up multiple times in the night.
It may be useful to know that they will become more efficient at feeding as your baby gets bigger, and their milk feeds typically space out more as they grow. Speak to your health visitor or GP if you are worried about your child’s feeding.