A Guide To Preparing To Bottle Feed Your Baby
When you are expecting your first baby, it can be quite a daunting prospect and a lot to think about and prepare for. One of the things to start thinking about and preparing for is the bottle feeding process. I was very nervous about bottle feeding because I wanted to make sure that everything was properly sterile and clean, because we all know how weak the baby’s immune system can be as a new born.
Therefore in this guide I will go through some easy steps to help you prepare for bottle feeding your baby. The first step to take is to do the shopping and purchase the right milk formula for a new-born, buy a pack of feeding bottles and sterilising equipment. You just need to ensure that the plastic feeding bottles are food grade bottles as there is no specific requirement for which one to buy as they are all pretty much the same.
Warm the milk to room temperature; however some babies prefer drinking cold milk which is perfectly fine too. I heat the milk in the microwave but some people find it easier popping a bottle of milk in a bowl of warm water.
It is important to ensure that you and the baby are both comfortable during the feeding process, and from my experience I just ensured there was a nice thick cushion positioned behind my back while I sit on a sofa and position my elbows under the baby’s head to provide support and comfort. Another thing that is important when feeding a baby milk from a bottle is to ensure the baby is not just sucking air, so you need to keep checking the bottle teat is full of milk otherwise your baby will get wind more often and even stop drinking if they feel there is no milk coming out.
It is normal for your baby to get wind and need burping, so it is important to take short breaks in between bottle feeding to gently rub the back to push any wind out. As your baby grows they may start holding the bottle and start feeding themselves, which is fine but you should never leave a baby on their own while feeding just in case they start to choke.
Finally, the last important thing to remember is to ensure that you throw away any leftover formula milk and replace it with fresh milk for the next feed, this ensures the baby does not get ill from milk that has been left out or that has gotten spoiled