Some parents long for the day when their little one holds his own bottle. Breastfeeding your baby promotes bonding and portion control, but it also takes up a lot of time. Bottle feeding leaves moms more hands-free!
When drinking a bottle they effectively feeding themselves without assistance. Note, they still need supervision while drinking their bottle. In fact, our babies need 24-hour supervision.
Sucking milk from a bottle requires different mouth and tongue movements than breastfeeding, so it may take your baby a little time to get used to the change.
Little babies know when something changed, they can feel it! Some babies take to the bottle without much fuss, but others struggle quite a bit with the transition.
When Is The Best Time To Introduce A Bottle To Your Baby?
Introducing a bottle to your breastfed baby is time-sensitive, It should not be too early or too late unless it is for any medical reasons, or the mom cannot breastfeed her baby for certain reasons.
It could be any time after birth, but lactation consultants usually recommend waiting until the breast milk supply is established and breastfeeding is going well. Offering a bottle somewhere between 2-4 weeks is a good time frame. A younger baby is slightly more likely to accept a bottle than an older one.
The time of day is also something to consider for the baby’s first bottle. Early in the day, when your baby has just woken from a solid sleep and is hungry works well.
Choose a day that your primary support person will be available and a feeding time where your baby tends to be more pleasant and patient for his feeding.
Changing to the bottle is something new for the baby. Sometimes you may give your baby a bottle before 2-4 weeks for medical reasons. In that case, please contact a lactation consultant for advice on how to build and protect your milk supply while maintaining a breastfeeding relationship.
What Are The Steps Of Bottle Feeding A Baby?
Every mom should know this, but we going to discuss it anyway. Sometimes there is just that little thing that we needed.
Step 1: Fill up a clean kettle with fresh water.
Step 2: Boil the water.
Step 3: Clean the area and wash your hands.
Step 4: Rinse and shake excess water.
Step 5: Pour the water in.
Step 6: Loosely fill the scoop with formula powder.
Step 7: Put the teat back on the bottle.
Step 8: Cool the bottle for your baby. Never give your baby hot milk.
A Few Tips For Your baby’s First Bottle
Breast milk should never be microwaved, as doing so may cause the antibodies to break down and can lead to uneven heating. To easily and safely warm breast milk, rest your baby’s bottle in a mug with hot water for about five minutes, or until warm.
Breastfed babies are used to milk at body temperature and their bottles will need to be warmed as well. It often helps to run the bottle nipple under warm water, if it was in the refrigerator. That will make it more acceptable to the baby.
Your baby may accept a bottle more easily from someone other than you, they know milk comes from you, babies are clever! They know their mothers, and will probably not even go for somebody else breast!
It is usually best if you are close but not present in the room during this first “experiment” with bottle feeding. Your baby is very wise and will wait for you to come to feed her if she knows you are nearby.
Your baby should be held in an upright, almost sitting, position that is similar to the position usually used when breastfeeding your baby. While breastfed babies don’t always have big burps, bottle-fed ones will. Watch baby carefully during his first bottle.
Which bottle nipple is best for a breastfed baby?
Choose a slow-flow nipple that will release milk slowly and make the baby suck harder for the milk. Pause and take little breaks while feeding on a bottle to follow natural breastfeeding patterns.
A wide nipple is similar in shape to a woman’s breasts and can help to avoid nipple confusion and provide for a more natural latch. A wide base may be easier for them to handle. It is also a good fit for a wide nipple and has a similar contour to a woman’s breast.
It is important to look for a nipple with a ventilation system, that prevents too much air from being swallowed when the baby is drinking. Swallowing air can cause gas, pain, colic, and spitting up.
When you want your baby to burp, do the following:
- Hold your baby sitting up, in your lap, or across your knee.
- Lay your baby on your lap on his or her belly.
- Sit upright and hold your baby against your chest. Your baby’s chin should rest on your shoulder as you support the baby with one hand.
How to Sterilize Baby Bottles
When you first buy bottles, it’s important to sterilize them at least one time,” says Samira Armin, MD, a pediatrician at Texas Children’s Pediatrics.
Samira Armin, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician at Texas Children’s Pediatrics, earned her medical degree from St. George’s University in 2009, and specializes in newborns and healthy eating. Sterilization kills bacteria in baby bottles through the use of high temperatures or chemicals. Your baby’s health and safety should be the first priority.
- Fill a large, clean pot with enough water to cover the bottles
- Submerge the freshly washed bottles in the water upside down, making sure there aren’t any air bubbles at the bottom.
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Boil the bottles for five minutes (check manufacturer guidelines for variations).
- Before using borrowed or second-hand bottles, please sterilized them first.
Regardless of whether you decide to sterilize baby bottles, you’ll still have to thoroughly clean them after every feeding.
Newborns and infants who have underdeveloped immune systems are vulnerable to infections by viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi, which can all lead to illness Is your baby bottle dishwasher safe? Good news: Using your dishwasher’s hottest water setting and a heated drying cycle effectively sterilizes the bottles!
When cleaning by hand, wash the bottles and their parts in a special container that’s only used for bottles, rather than having bottles come in contact with the sink to prevent cross-contamination.
You should also use a bottle brush or other cleaning utensil that’s set aside just for baby’s bottles. Clean inside the nipples, making sure to flush water through the tiny holes at the tips.
When should a baby stop using a bottle?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that we start to wean a baby from a bottle between 12-24 months of age. Remember, patience plays an important role during this “experience”
Parents must keep in mind that weaning from a bottle is a process and it may take a little longer for some kids than others. A good goal is to aim to be totally done with bottles by age 2.
Many toddlers become attached to their bottles. Besides providing nourishment, bottles also mean comfort and security. The longer parents wait to start the transition, the more attached kids become to their bottles.
It will also become harder to break the bottle habit. Longer bottle use may also lead to cavities or cause your child to drink more milk than he or she needs.
Tip: As you wean your baby from the bottle, try diluting the milk in the bottle with water. For the first few days, fill half of it with water and half of it with milk.
Then slowly add more water until the entire bottle is water. By that time, it’s likely that your child will lose interest and be asking for the yummy milk that comes in a cup!
At The End Of The Day
Mom went through another lesson. Oh yes! Mom’s are permanently in school! But one thing is for sure, you just want what’s best for your baby. And your child needs the best, which only a mom can provide!
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