The amount of advice that will be directed towards you when you begin bottle feeding your baby can be overwhelming.
In this article we have compiled some of the top tips to keep bub healthy and happy when it comes to bottle-feeding.
It is imperative that before each and every feed you sterilise all feeding equipment, and remove all germs that could gather on your babies bottle and subsequently in their milk.
Bottles, teats, retaining rings and caps all need to be washed in clean, hot, soapy water, and sterilized using an electric steam sterilizer, or cold water solution until your baby is at least 1-year-old.
Teats or bottles that show cracks will need to be thrown out immediately.
NEVER GO AGAINST THE RECIPE
The preparation instructions on the side of the recipe clearly state the way you must prepare formula milk – it is important you do not change or go against the recipe.
Too much water may mean your baby isn’t getting enough nutrition, and vice versa; too little water will put your baby at risk of becoming dehydrated.
While family members or other mums you know may instruct you to add other things to your formula milk to fill your baby up or make them sleep better, nothing other than formula powder and water should go into the mixture.
DON’T KEEP FORMULA STORED IN BOTTLES TOO LONG
A warm formula bottle is the ideal condition for bacteria to grow, which is why the World Health Organisation suggests that any feed left in a bottle should be thrown out 2 hours after preparation.
DON’T PUT THE BABY TO SLEEP WITH A BOTTLE, OR LEAVE THEM TO FEED THEMSELVES
While it may seem convenient for some mothers to leave their baby holding their own bottle, or lay them down with a bottle, this must never be done under any circumstances.
Babies left unattended are at risk of choking, and if a baby is put to bed with a bottle and falls asleep, this only increases the choking hazard.
Also, letting your baby fall asleep with a bottle dripping into his or her mouth with cause milk to pool around the teeth, over time leading to decay of baby teeth.
AVOID MICROWAVING FORMULA
Never, we repeat NEVER, microwave a baby’s bottle
Heating in a microwave causes the contents to heat unevenly, thus producing “hot spots” in the milk which may be significantly warmer than the rest of the liquid and can burn your baby’s mouth.
It is important that if you are having trouble formula feeding your baby or have an concerns that you speak to your family GP or registered nurse immediately.
Nature’s Food World believes that “breast is best” when it comes to feeding babies. Our product is simply an Australian made alternative for mothers who cannot, or choose not to breast feed.