Bottle-Feeding Your Baby, What’s The Best Way? A Complete Guide 2021

Breastfeeding might be difficult for some moms who wish to return to work, are unable to make enough milk for the infant’s needs, or have another reason to bottle-feed a child.

If you’re breastfeeding, formula-feeding, or combining the two, you’ll almost certainly use a bottle with your baby at some point. Here’s everything that you need to know about pleasantly and adequately bottle-feeding a baby.

Choosing The Right Bottle For Feeding

Selecting the ideal bottle for feeding the baby is necessary. There are different types of bottles that you can choose to bottle provide your child. Parents often make mistakes by choosing the bottle by its look and design.

When the child is newly born, it is advised to use slow flow bottles for feeding, whereas once the baby is 2-3 months old, you can use custom flow bottles.

The perfect feeding bottles you can buy for your baby are the ones that are free from BPA (bisphenol-A) and EA (oestrogen activity). Whatever bottle you choose for your child, make sure to sterilize it every time before using.

How to prepare a baby bottle?

Most babies have no problem learning to sip from the nipple of a baby bottle, especially if bottles are used from the start. There are several advantages to giving bottles early on and the fact that it is pretty simple to learn.

For beginners, it’s handy. Your partner or other carers will be able to feed the child, giving you the opportunity to relax.

The perfect formula for bottle-feeding

There are three types of baby formula: ready-to-feed, concentrate, and powder.

Because of the small but actual danger of cronobacter, a bacterium that may survive in powdered baby formula, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that newborns under three months begin with ready-to-feed formula.

Also Read: How To Perfectly Swaddle a Baby? Essential Steps to Note!

Sterilizing bottle before every use

It is necessary to sterilize the bottle before using it to keep any bacteria and germs away from the child. Following are few methods of Sterilizing bottles:

  • Boiling: It requires boiling the bottle in water for 10 minutes. It is one of the oldest methods of sterilizing. 
  • Sterilizer or Microwave: Bottles can also be sterilized using the microwave or special sterilizer designed for this work. The bottles should face downwards when placed under the sterilizer. 
  • Sterilizing liquid: There are numerous sterilizing solutions available in the shops. You can buy them easily and use them as per the given instructions on the product package.

Checking the Nipple

Keep an eye on how your baby sounds and looks as it sips throughout the meal. The outflow of the bottle nipple is too fast if your infant produces gulping and spitting sounds during feedings and milk dribbles out of the corners of the mouth.

If the child appears to be sucking extremely hard and is dissatisfied, the flow may be too sluggish. If that’s the case, try loosening the cap a little.

Ideal Bottle-feeding posture for babies

Knowing how to bottle-feed a baby correctly begins with how you handle your infant during the process.

You’ve probably seen a lot of photographs of parents bottle-feeding their infants, but the postures you see in pictures or on Televisions aren’t always the healthiest for the baby. Hence, to guide you, we have listed some ideal positions for feeding the baby.

  • Use pillows: A breastfeeding cushion might help prop up the baby’s chest and head at an angle. As you embrace the baby in your lap, it might also offer your arms a rest.
  • Maintain the baby’s upright posture: The child should be fully sitting, with his head on your breast or in the curve of your arm, rather than laying down.
  • Hold the bottle so that the milk entirely fills the nipple; if the nipple is only halfway full of milk, the baby may suck some air, causing gassiness or rashes.
  • Cuddle the infants: When you think about feeding a bottle to a baby, you usually picture yourself in this posture. Baby’s headrests in the curve of your arm while you hold the child’s head.
  • Switch positions: Switching your infant from one side to the other, if you’re entirely breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, can help to prevent your child from establishing a side bias and give your arms a respite.
  • Switching sides can also help to organically pace a feeding session by allowing the baby to decide whether he’s complete before the bottle is done.

What is the appropriate amount of milk that baby should drink?

Slowly introduce your infant to bottle-feeding. Your infant will typically take 1 to 3 ounces at each meal for the first week or two (every three to four hours).

Gradually increase the ounces, feeding more as your baby’s need grows, but never force them to drink more than the needful. 

As per the thumb rule, the total number of ounces to feed your infant over the course of 24 hours is calculated by multiplying your baby’s weight by 2.5.

For more detailed information regarding the volume of milk for babies, you can consult your doctor or dietician.

When Should You Stop Giving Your Baby Bottles?

Because tooth decay is a problem experienced by many babies, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises that parents quit giving bottles to their children by 18 months.

Still, it’s a good idea to see your physician about when your child should stop the bottle around the 9-month stage. 

Some infants don’t mind putting up the bottle straight away, while others may need more time. Involving your doctor or maternity consultant may help you in ensuring you’re on the correct path.

Whether you’re nursing with the occasional bottle, combination feeding, or solely bottle-feeding, you’re bound to face some roadblocks along the way. However, there are solutions to any difficulties that emerge.

If you’re looking for the best baby bottle for your child, need some tips on how to bottle-feed a baby in the ideal posture, or come across a full-blown bottle-feeding situation, you should consult the doctor right away!

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