How to Bottle Feed A Baby
Bottle Feeding or Breast Feeding is always a great topic for debate. Every Mother has to make her choice. Whether a baby is breast feed or bottle feed at some point most babies are going to receive milk from a baby bottle . This milk may be breast milk pumped by the Mother; if someone other than Mom is doing the feeding, the milk will be fed from a bottle and a bib and burp set are handy items to help keep baby clean. When feeding baby water or juice these same tips apply.
6 T ips to Properly Bottle Feed Your Baby.
1. Hold bottle in 45 degree angle to help your baby swallow milk properly.
2. Determine the quanitity of milk necessary. Most babies start with 4 ounces and work toward a full 8 oz. bottle. Sooner or later, if you find your baby tends to have more, or you need to increase the quantity as your baby grows, decide and go ahead. You can consult your doctor .
3.The third very important tip in bottle feeding tips is to keep the bottle and nipples clean. It is very important to keep your baby healthy. Whether you sterilize the bottle and bottle accessories in hot water for 10-15 minutes over a hot stove or in a dishwasher that has a sterilizing cycle is your choice. Once bottle, bottle cover and nipples are finished , dry them with clean towel and then store them covered with their top or wrap in saran wrap until you need the bottle. Ziplog bags make great sterile storage packages for extra nipples and bottle covers.
4.The fourth tip is to make sure the milk’s temperature is comfortable for your baby. There is nothing wrong with cold milk, but most baby’s prefer milk slightly warm or at room temperature. Do not let the milk sit out to bring the temperature to room temperature. Remember not to use micro-oven or to boil the milk as it can heat unevenly and create hot pockets, which may lead to burns and also cause nutrients to break down. If you have a baby bottle warmer useit , but if you don’t you can always warm milk the old fashioned way.The best way to warm milk is to warm a pot of water, take the water off the stove and put the bottle in the warm water for a few minutes until the proper temperature is reached.
5. Always test the temperature of the bottle by sprinkling a few drops on your own arm or hand to make sure that the milk is not too hot.
6. Whether you hold baby in your arms or prop him up on a feeding pillow, it is nice to have him lightly covered in a soft baby blanket. Make sure you have a bib on him and a soft burp cloth on your shoulder so that mid -way through the bottle you can pause for that important burp.