Yes, we love it. Babies are bottle-fed after breast milk or when breast milk is not possible. In this article, we share a few details about what you need to know about bottle feeding.
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Babies are bottle fed after breast milk or when breast milk is not possible. In this article, we share a few details about what you need to know about bottle feeding.
Glass bottle or plastic bottle?
Your baby will give you a clue as to which one he prefers. Plastic bottles are lighter and do not crumble. However, it may not be as durable as a glass bottle. BPA (bisphenol) substance in plastic products is harmful to your baby. For this reason, unreliable plastic baby bottles should not be used.
What you need to know about bottle tips
Most bottle tips are made of silicone or latex. They come in a variety of shapes. In some, the flow rate is low due to the narrow hole at the tip. You can try various products to find out which one your baby likes best. Do not use worn or cracked bottle tips.
Boil the bottle and bottle tips you just bought for at least 5 minutes. Then wash it by hand or in the dishwasher with detergent and hot water after each use. Some chemicals may leak when plastic bottles are exposed to extreme heat. Therefore, you can wash them by hand.
Stick to breast milk or formula
Give your newborn baby only breast milk or, if this is not possible, only formula. Fruit juice and water should never be given. The food should be prepared as described on the product label. Adding too much water will reduce the nutritional value. Adding too little water is also harmful to the baby’s stomach and kidneys.
How to choose food?
Some parents start out with a formula made from cow’s milk. Hypoallergenic foods can also be used. The food used must be enriched in iron. You can use ready-to-use foods in powder or concentrated form.
Should it be warm or at room temperature?
It is appropriate to give your baby’s bottle at room temperature. However, if your baby likes it to be a little warm, put lukewarm water in the bottle and rinse with formula. Never heat your baby’s bottle in a microwave oven. Try the heat of the formula on the top of your hand.
Your hand should be on the bottle!
When you are tired, it can be easy to lay the baby down and have the bottle suck on himself. However, it is safer to be with your baby while feeding. Leaving the baby alone with a bottle increases the risk of choking and can lead to tooth decay. Also, ear infections may occur.
How is the baby gas taken?
If your baby needs to burp after or before eating, lay your baby on your knee or chest and tap him on his back. Your baby may throw up a little. Take your precautions for this. If your baby doesn’t burp after a meal, don’t worry, this may not happen in all babies.
How to change food?
If your baby doesn’t like formula and is vomiting too much, you may want to consider changing the formula. Sometimes, conditions such as diarrhea, vomiting, bloody poop, moodiness, skin flushing in babies can occur as a result of reflux or allergies. In this case, talk to your doctor. He may suggest that you change the formula.
How long can I keep the food?
The formula in the bottle should not be used later. After opening, liquid foods should be stored in the refrigerator and consumed within 48 hours. Foods prepared from powder can be stored in the refrigerator for 1 day. Foods that have remained at room temperature for 2 hours should be discarded.