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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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. 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 babys 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 babys 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 babys 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 babys 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