Bottle-Feeding Newborn Baby Tips
The best milk for newborns is breast milk. Newborns who for some reason cannot be breastfeed should take specialized baby formulas recommended by their doctors.
Breastfeeding is the best food for your baby, but when it is not possible, formula milk is the suitable substitute. Still, it is possible that when the time comes to use a bottle, either with breast milk or formula, you may find yourself refusing to accept it. Many babies do not accept a bottle first. It is important to understand that the adaptation process takes time and, sometimes, to apply certain strategies. But what to do if my baby doesn’t want a bottle?
If we have a baby at home and you cannot, or do not want, to breastfeed, it is necessary to choose to use a bottle-feeding for the newborn.
7 Bottle-Feeding Tips for new-born baby
Feeding is more than eating food for a baby.
The taking (whether bottle or breast) is a very intimate moment, a time to get to know you better. So it is important that it is something very special, that you talk to it and cares it.
To promote physical contact you can support the child on your bare chest while eating.
1. Find a quiet place
To be as relaxed as possible while holding your child for bottle-feeding.
Don’t be in a hurry, each baby needs time to eat. Some are very gluttonous and finish it immediately, but others like to stop and continue eating.
2. Check the temperature of the milk
It should be between 35 and 37 ºC, never hotter than that. It does not matter if there is something warmer, but it is not good that it is cold because it can produce cramps and very soft stools.
3. Get comfortable
For the feeding to go well, it is essential that both the baby and the person who is feeding him are comfortable. Support your back well on the backrest and hold the baby in your arms. To be more comfortable, you can put a cushion under the arm that holds the bottle.
4. Take care of the posture
The baby’s head should rest on the other arm and be higher than its stomach, so it will swallow less air.
It’s good to switch your baby’s arm in mid-feed. Thus, back pain is prevented from maintaining the same posture for a long time. Also, the baby gets used to eating in either of the two positions and can look first to one side and then to the other.
5. The teat always full
The bottle must be kept tilted so that the teat is always full of milk. This will help the baby swallow less air.
It is advisable to remove it from time to time, since the sides of the teat can stick and do not let the liquid flow.
6. Out gases
During bottle-feeding, the baby usually swallows air that accumulates in his stomach. Sometimes the pressure is so strong that he stops eating and does not suck again until he gets the air that is bothering him.
7. Bottle cleaning
It is also important to take into account the hygiene of the products and utensils that the baby takes to the mouth. Some time ago, doctors recommended sterilizing bottles before each feeding, but now this recommendation is lighter and some doctors recommends to do it before using the bottle for the first time, although others consider that it is appropriate to sterilize it before taking it.