Basics of Bottle - Feeding
Bottle-feeding can be as much an intimate experience as breastfeeding. The advantage of bottle-feeding is that you can monitor the exact amount of milk your baby is taking in. In addition, other members in the family can also experience the joy of creating a special bond with baby.
For a newborn, you can keep about half a dozen small 4-ounce bottles and change to 8-ounce bottles once his appetite increases, at the age of three to four months.
Always use a fresh bottle when you start feeding, and never refrigerate the left over milk, or reheat a previously warmed bottle.
How to Bottle-Feed
- Always check the temperature of the milk before giving it to your baby. You can do this by putting a few drops of milk on your wrist. Ensure that it’s warm but not hot.
- Keep the top ring of the bottle a little loose to allow some air to get in. This helps keep the nipple erect; otherwise continuous sucking can create negative pressure and make the nipple collapse or lose its shape.
- Put a bib (preferably a plastic-backed bib) around your baby’s neck to protect his clothes, as babies tend to spit out a little milk at times. Stroke your baby’s cheek a little, so that he automatically opens his mouth.
- Keep the bottle at a 45 degree angle so that the neck of the bottle is full of milk rather than air which will prevent air bubbles. Put the bottle into your baby’s mouth.
- Hold the bottle steady and keep adjusting the angle so that the top of the bottle is always full of milk.
- If you need to burp him in between, slip your finger into the side of his mouth to break his
- Suction and remove the bottle.