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Want to Start Bottle Feeding Your Baby? Here is Everything You Need to Know

Cameron Doerrer

Your maternity leave is winding down, you're planning to go back to work, and all of a sudden you realize: you're going to have to pump at the workplace, at least for some time until your baby gets used to bottle feeding. Bottle feeding your baby could be a task for some moms as babies do not take transitions very sportingly.

Until now, you've been breastfeeding your little baby many times a day, and you want to ensure that he/she continues to enjoy the benefits of breast milk even after you get back to work. You used a breast pump before, but never in an office environment.

Regardless of whether you're going to be feeding formula solely, mixing it with nursing or using bottles to serve concentrated breast milk, here's what you need to get started on the bottle — to feed your kid.

Getting started

Most newborns have little to no trouble finding out how to suck from a baby bottle nipple, which is good news if you're using bottles right from the start. Finally, there seems to be one thing coming naturally about bottle feeding your baby!

Newborns can usually only take a few ounces at most of the bottle every few hours, progressively increasing the amount of milk they consume as they grow.

Bear in mind that when you put it in a bottle, some babies take it like a fish to water, while others need a little more practice (and coaxing) to get sucked into a science. We have jotted down these tips for bottle-feeding that will help you get started.

Don't put the hot bottles in the microwave: The convenience is appealing, but microwaving can heat bottles unevenly, producing hot spots that could burn your baby's mouth. Instead, run the bottle under hot water for a few minutes, place it in a bowl or a pot of hot water, or use a bottle of hot water. You may even miss the heat if your baby is happy with a cold drink.

Do not add cereal to the formula or breast milk: Despite the hype that will help your baby sleep through the night, this is a definite no-no. Cereal isn't going to help your baby sleep through the night, and it's hard for babies to swallow.

Don't play around with the formula: Thorough research is put behind nutrition in baby formula, so read the prep instructions carefully and stick to them. If you use this sort, different formula milk for babies can require different ratios of powder / liquid concentrate to water.

Adding too much water is risky, causing a baby's kidneys to excrete more salt and eventually contributing to low levels of salt in the blood that can contribute to seizures and worse. Add too little water, and you run the risk of dehydrating her and overloading her kidneys. To sterilize the water for baby formula at home, boil the water in a large saucepan for 15 minutes and allow to cool to room temperature before mixing with the powdered formula.

Don't put your baby in bed with a bottle: Not only does this pose a choking hazard, it can also lead to ear infections and tooth decay (when they have some teeth, of course).

Do appreciate the sense of bonding: Bottle-feeding is a perfect way to get close to your infant. So, take the time to cuddle him/her, look her in the eye, speak to him/her, or sing to him/her softly and always remember that your baby burps after the meal. When your baby's digestive tract begins to grow, they need your help to get rid of the gas that accumulates in their belly from drinking out of their bottle.

Do not sterilize bottles: All bottles, nipples and food supplies should be properly sterilized before first use. After that, the bottles can be washed with hot, soapy water. Take time to clean the bottles thoroughly immediately after feeding.

Use plain tap water: While opinions can vary, the best way to prepare a bottle is to use boiled or sterilized drinking water when preparing a bottle. It is difficult to determine the protection of your tap water in many places. Purchasing previously sterilized water or sterilizing your own would provide peace of mind about the quality of the water for formula your little one drinks.

Bottle feeding your baby is one of the most satisfying things you can do as a new parent.

Not only is the way you feed your baby is crucial for their growth, but removing bad habits like letting your baby sleep with the bottle will make it easier for you to feed the bottle with the fear of choking hazard.

Bottle feeding the baby is a perfect way to be a part of your baby’s development stage and bond with them. Although it might seem a little overwhelming at first but remember nothing happens overnight so you need to take baby steps (pun intended) and have patience.  

If you have any concerns about these tips for bottle feeding the baby, feel free to contact us at 425-441-9156 today!