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Tips For Bottle Feeding
While the NHS highly recommends breastfeeding babies for as long as possible, for some families, it either is not an option or it just doesn’t work out for them. Being able to bottle feed a baby is therefore a big comfort to many - though it’s not always straightforward either. Some babies do not like the feeling of a bottle, while others take in a lot of air during the process. Here, we list our top tips for how to get bottle feeding right, right from the start.
Top Tips1. Use a steriliser It’s not necessary - you can use boiling water in a pan - but if you can, get yourself a steriliser. Sterilising bottles is a time-consuming activity, so if you can shave off a few precious minutes by using a sterilising machine, so much the better. Plus, it’s a stage of the bottle feeding process that many new mums and dads are understandably reticent to cut out. Sterilising a bottle is a way of ensuring that no nasties get into your baby’s system unnecessarily.
2. Try different teets Bottle feeding, especially for those that are using bottle feeding as a way to top up breastfeeding, can be difficult for a baby to get to grips with immediately. A good way to get them enjoying bottle feeding a little more is to find a teet that works for them. There are many different designs these days, made of different materials, so there should be one that a baby will eventually like. It can take some time to find the right one, but when you do, it can make all the difference. Additionally, some teets will make certain baby’s use a better feeding technique. The result is a baby that sucks in less air while feeding, and therefore needs less burping. Some mums swear that the right teet can also help reduce colic as well.
3. Have a muslin ready Feeding a baby can be a messy experience - even before you start weaning them. Younger babies often have some form of reflux. For some little ones, it can be particularly bad. For that reason, it is always highly recommended to have a muslin nearby to soak up any reflux that your baby has. It will help keep both you and your baby dry and clean. Importantly, it can help stop the need for a change of clothes, which are most likely already a common occurrence in the house with a newborn.
6. Let your baby hold the bottle While this is obviously not a tip for the newest of newborns, trying to get a more mobile child to hold their bottle is a good idea. It helps build up their confidence and also means you can have a hand free to read to them or simply stroke their heads while they are feeding. It also just makes them more autonomous and capable. It’s a small step, but it will help with drinking on their own the older they get too. Bottle Feeding Tips While bottle feeding a baby takes the pressure off a new mum to be around her child all the time, it is not without its difficulties. Using the above tips can materially reduce any stress that comes from feeding a baby so that they can just reap the benefits of taking their milk well.