Many mums have every intention of breastfeeding but sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Baby might be having trouble latching on correctly or mum might not be expressing enough milk. Other mums choose to bottle feed from the very beginning, perhaps due to a bad experience previously or due to social pressure such as a demanding job. Whatever the reason for bottle feeding, you need to ensure you are well prepared for it. Check out the list.
Bottles, Teats, Formula Milk, Sterilising Equipment, Bottle and Teat Brush
Six bottles is the recommended amount but with so much choice available on the market, how do you know which to buy?
A basic baby bottle is often the most cost effective. They come in a variety of sizes and usually in-clude teats and lids. They are also usually designed to fit conventional bottle warmers and sterilises. On the down side, they may be manufactured in a way which increases the amount of air baby swallows and this could later lead to wind problems.
Anti colic bottles are specifically designed to limit the amount of air a baby swallows. Colic can leave baby very unsettled and an increased intake of air is what causes the problem. Whilst bottles designed to reduce colic can be expensive, they may prove to be worth their weight in gold.
Some parents may choose glass feeding bottles. The popularity of glass feeding bottles is increas-ing as parents become worried about chemicals used in the production of plastic bottles. They tend to be more expensive but they will perhaps last longer than plastic alternatives, unless they are dropped.
Sterilisers, which method is best?
Sterilising your baby’s bottle will ensure you limit tummy upsets. There are a variety of ways to sterilise the baby’s bottles including boiling, steaming, cold water sterilising or microwave sterilising.
Boiling bottles is perhaps the most cost effective way to sterilise the bottles. Immersing the bottles in hot water for about ten minutes will do the trick and they will stay sterilised in a saucepan covered with a lid for up to three hours. On the downside you will need to replace teats more often.
Electric sterilisers are quick and convenient. They can sterilise up to six bottles at a time and can easily be transported. They can be costly to purchase.
A microwave steriliser is also quick and convenient but may not hold as many bottles as a steaming steriliser. It can also be very hot to handle.
Teats come in all different shapes and sizes. Some are made to mimic natural nipples whilst other are concerned with limiting the amount of air intake.
You should always start with a slow flow teat for newborns. Once they get used to bottle feeding you can change for a medium flow teat. If a baby is coughing or spluttering then this is a sign that the milk is coming out to fast for them, so always be observant when feeding baby.
Change teats regularly as they can become damaged through sterilising and usage.