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Bottle Feeding Tips

Updated on May 25, 2009

Bottle Feeding Tips

•    The baby's pediatrician is the best person who will recommend the most suitable infant milk formula for a child. The infant formula should be closest to the composi­tion of the human breast milk. Special formulas are also available for babies with allergies or lactose intolerance, or those who have low birth weight.

•   Wait until the baby is 3 to 4 weeks old before introducing the bottle feeding. II it is delayed up to their 6th and 8th weeks old, he may have a more difficult lime adjust­ing to the artificial nipple on the bottle.

•   Introduce bottle feeding gradually. It may take baby a while to learn the knack of sucking on an artificial nipple.

•   Wash hands thoroughly before preparing the infant formula.

•   Sterilize feeding bottles alter wa­shing thoroughly. Always use boiled then cooled water in formulating baby's milk.

•   Follow instructions written on the label of the can and as recommen­ded by the pediatrician in pre­paring the infant formula.

•   Do not use leftover formula; this is a potential breeding ground for bacteria.

•   Rinse bottles and nipples after use.

•   Make sure that cans or bottles are covered tightly when not in use.

•   Always make sure that the baby had burped after each feed­ing. This will help in releasing the air/gas swallowed by the baby.

Feeding babies at early stage is not difficult, regardless of giving by breast or feeding bottles. What is important is that the baby is getting enough nourishment.


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