Tips for Formula Feeding Your Baby

Breastfeeding vs formula can be a hot topic, and this post is meant to be informative rather than take a stance in the debate. Whenever new mothers are learning how to deal with baby growth spurts, this can often depend on how you choose to feed your baby. I remember as a Mom- to- be, I knew that I wanted to nurse if I could. But I know that’s not everyone’s choice, and some Moms are unable to breastfeed despite their best efforts. Whether by choice or necessity, it’s good to know what is involved and what you’ll need to formula feed your baby. The post below was provided to me to help readers on the topic of formula feeding and does not reflect my opinion pro or against formula feeding. If you are unable to breastfeed, are choosing not to, or are using a combination, I hope the information below will be useful.

Using Formula To Feed Your Baby
If you
are planning to feed your baby with formula there are a few things that
you need to consider before feeding them for the first time. Whether you
are planning to use formula all the time or to top up breast milk, you will have
to make sure that you have all the right equipment and a suitable formula selected.
Choose Which Formula To Use
The
first thing you will need to decide is what type of formula you wish to
use, there are a variety of different brands available, and you may want to
talk to your health care provider, friends, or check out reviews online before making
your final decision. Most brands will make a variety of specialist formulas created to help with specific dietary needs, such as hungry baby, anti
colic and lactose free. If you think your baby may need a specialist formula
discuss this with a health care professional before making a change. Once you have
decided what brand of formula you wish to use it is advisable that you stick to
that brand, even if you swap to a specialist type later, to reduce the chance of
your baby having difficulty digesting it.
Make Sure You Have The Correct Equipment
Getting
the correct sterilizing equipment is important, as it is very easy for a
young baby to pick up infections from everyday bacteria. You can choose from
different types of sterilizers including steam and chemical.
You
will also need to purchase bottles and nipples (make sure
that you’ve got the correct flow for your baby’s age, generally the younger they are, the lower the
flow needs to be). You’ll also want to make sure that the bottles you get will fit into your sterilizer properly.
Preparing Your Baby’s Formula
Before taking a bottle from your sterilizer, make sure to wash your hands and check that the formula milk powder you are preparing is in date.
After
washing your hands remove the bottle, etc from the sterilizer and pour the correct
amount of pre-boiled water in to your baby’s bottle, make sure that the water has only been
boiled once and that it has cooled to a lukewarm temperature.
Check
the directions on your formula tin so you know the correct amount of powder for your baby’s age, then add the
correct number of scoops to the water.
Put the nipple on the bottle and shake well. Test a small amount on the inside of
your wrist before feeding the baby to make sure that the temperature and
consistency is right.
Make
each bottle as your baby needs feeding, (storing pre-prepared milk can raise
your babies chances of getting gastroenteritis).
Feeding Your Baby

Sit
with your baby in a comfortable position, with their head held up slightly.
Place the bottle in your baby’s mouth making sure that you tilt it enough and that
the nipple is completely full of milk to prevent the baby from swallowing air.
During
the feed make sure that you stop two to three times so you can bring up any
wind. Put your baby upright, rub and tap their back until they burp and repeat
again when the bottle is finished.
Taking Formula On The Go
You can
buy pre-prepared formula for convenience if you wish, but alternatively
you can take a small amount of powder out with you. Simply put the
required amount of pre-boiled water in a bottle and put the correct number of
scoops in a separate, sterile container and take both in your bag. When your
baby needs to be fed, add the powder to the water and shake in the usual way.
Make sure you never freeze formula milk or allow the powder to become wet or
damp as this could cause your baby to become ill.
Using
formula to feed your baby is a simple process, that with a
little practise quickly becomes second nature. As long as each stage of the
preparation process is properly completed, using formula is an ideal way
to replace or top up breast milk and ensure that all your baby’s nutritional needs
are met. Whether with formula or breast milk, one advantage of using a bottle is that it is far easier to gauge how
much your baby has had to eat.
Once
your baby has established a regular feeding routine you will be surprised how
quicky they begin to thrive and grow.
Article courtesy of the experts at SellFormula.com

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