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Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for the baby, but in many cases there still are need to bottle feed the babies. How to properly bottle feeding a baby as well as help him to accept this, here are some tips for mothers.
Appropriate period of time to start bottle feeding
About 6 weeks after the date of birth, mother should get her child into habit of bottle feeding at neonatal period. To get the baby used to being feed by bottle at the first time, maybe 3 -5 days depending on the adaptability of each child. Mother takes her milk into infant feeding bottles to gradually make the child familiar with bottle feeding. Once the child is accustomed to bottle-feeding, the mother gradually feed child with formula milk as directed by producers for the baby, the amount of milk increases from 60ml to 80ml and 100ml.
Before preparing a bottle for the baby, you need to wash your hands with soap and make sure the milk is placed on a clean table.
Use boiling water at least 70 ° C to make formula milk.
Make sure you follow the formula as directed by the manufacturer because for too much or too little the amount of milk can cause your infant sick. Never add food grains or anything else in the bottle.
Use clean hands held beside the nipple, gently put it on the bottle orifice and then attach to the bottle.
Wash and sterilize bottle
All utensils and bottle must be cleaned and disinfected before using.
Wash them with warm soapy water, ideally right after feeding is finished. Use a brush to clean the place is difficult to wash, then rinse well under clean water.
Sterilize bottles according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure your hands and the preparation area is clean.
Prepare infant formula milk properly
Using wrong amount of milk and water will cause the baby’s nutrient absorption in trouble. So it is necessary to follow the instructions indicated on the packaging and use non-fluoridated water to make the formula milk. Too many minerals in water can cause tooth discoloration. Only mix milk for each feeding. Do not prepare and store milk even in refrigerator.
Suitable temperature of milk
Ensure milk is cool before feeding. Always check the temperature by a few drops on the back of your hand.
Reasonable temperature of milk is equal with room’s temperature. If you prefer to warm milk, use dedicated equipment Warmers. Do not use a microwave to warm milk. The mother noted to never use a microwave to warm milk. Plastic baby bottles are easy to put in the oven will be deformed when the temperature is too high. On the other hand, the heat of the ovens can degrade some of the nutrients in milk. The warm milk should be consumed in half an hour and the cool milk should be used within an hour.
Choose a quiet place to bottle feeding
To absorb the nutrients from milk, feeding time is an important factor. Noise makes the child not to focus on eating. This also does not mean that you can not feed your child in public. But at home, you should turn off the TV and do not answer the phone.
Shelf life of milk in the bottle
Don’t remain milk in the bottle after feeding. Milk bottle stored in refrigerator can be used within 48 hours.
Milk in normal condition more than 2 hours should be discarded. Breast milk stored in refrigerator can be used for 24 hours and up to four months in freezing temperature.