10 Bottle Feeding Tips
It’s likely that at some point your baby will have to take the bottle. Whether you’re using formula or pumping at work for the baby’s caregiver, it’s helpful to know how to feed properly with a bottle. Here are some tips to help.
- Let baby draw the nipple in – Rather than shove it in your child’s mouth, let her control the flow and when feeding starts. You can stroke her lips to cause the rooting response so she’ll accept the nipple.
- Get yourself in a comfortable position – A feeding could take as long as 20 minutes if your little one likes to take breaks. Support baby’s head in the crook of your arm and place that elbow on a pillow or higher surface.
- Watch the nipple’s flow – If your baby gets a sudden mouthful and sputters, the nipple may be too wide for her age. Use a smaller nipple and save the larger one for when she’s older.
- Give a mid-feeding burp – Sometimes a tummy full of air can make baby feel full when she really isn’t. When she is done feeding, give her a burp and then offer the bottle one more time. She might be willing to eat a little more. However…
- Feed when baby is hungry, never on a schedule – Just like nursing at the breast, allow baby to feed whenever she is hungry. During the first eighteen months, never deny your child food because you don’t think it’s time to eat. You could impair her physical and neurological development.
- Hold baby at a forty five degree angle – It’s tempting to let baby lie down during feedings, but milk from the bottle enters the mouth differently than the breast. It can pool and cause an increased risk of ear infection and tooth decay. She can also swallow air and develop gas problems.
- Use a safe baby bottle – While modern baby bottles aren’t made with BPA, there are still toxins in all plastics. The best material for your child’s health is glass, but use a bottle with a plastic sheath around the outside in case the glass breaks.
- Don’t force baby to finish a bottle – Feeding should end when baby is satiated. Never “top her off” like you would a gas pump to finish what’s left. If she’s falling asleep, that’s a sign she’s done.
- Allow for frequent breaks – It’s quite alright if your baby stops sucking on the bottle for a moment and takes a break. In fact, if baby has been sucking aggressively for a few minutes, you could give them a break by removing the bottle, pausing a second, and offering it again. If you’re breastfeeding as well, this mimics the natural let-down pattern.
- Look out for allergies – Babies can’t be allergic to mom’s breast milk, but they can develop allergies to formula. Usually symptoms of an allergic reaction (fussiness, vomiting, swelling, wheezing, and hives) occur right away. You might have to change brands of formula.
Guest Blog by Christine Barlow, Inventor of 5 Phases Eco-Friendly Baby Bottle System
Mom Christine Barlow is the inventor of 5 Phases eco-friendly and non-toxic baby bottles, the safest and healthiest way to bottle feed your baby. Her inspiration in creating an alternative to traditional feeding bottles came after the birth of her 1lb 7oz micro-preemie baby. Having a compromised child, she became aware how environmental factors were affecting our children. With all the concerns of plastics and infants being the most vulnerable, she felt there was a need for more options for parents who wanted to use glass. She knew she had to act – and the 5 Phases Hybrid Glass Baby Bottles were born.
5 Phases is dedicated to helping families achieve a healthier and organic lifestyle. Starting with baby, they develop products keeping both the environment and health of your family in mind. And when it comes to your baby nothing else will do – Christine knows, she’s a mom too!
For more information on 5 Phases, visit www.5phases.com!
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