There’s nobody who needs a break as much as a nursing mummy, so you don’t need to feel remorseful relating to your interest in having your baby take breast milk from a bottle once in a while. One of the benefits of baby bottle feeding is that your partner, your mother and father, and even a big sibling can take on the task, making sure you have some time to go for a walk or at least a nap or shower.

Many experts are of the opinion that you ought to wait until your infant has mastered the ability of breastfeeding (three weeks generally) prior to bringing out your bottle. Not waiting for your baby to master her breastfeeding skill can lead to your child quitting breastfeeding earlier than you’d like. It is because your newborn will realise that getting milk from a bottle is a lot easier. A angled bottle inside the mouth has gravity working on your baby’s side, making it easier for her to get all the milk she wants, without delay.

Here are some bottle feeding dos and don’ts to help you get started.

Bottle-feeding Dos-

• DO sanitize bottles and nipples – It is important to keep your baby’s bottles clean and safe. That’s why, prior to using bottles, nipples, and rings, it is wise to sterilize them. Sterilising allows you to protect your infant against microorganisms and an infection. There are lots of baby bottle sterilizers obtainable that do the task efficiently.

• DO maintain stocks of baby bottles – Have a bunch of bottles sterilised and prepared in the fridge , so your famished and cranky new baby doesn’t make a huge fuss at 2 am in the night while you find a thoroughly clean bottle. (do not keep the bottle’s content for more 24 hours in the fridge, or outside).

• DO bond with the bottle – You may make a warm connect with your newborn baby even if you are bottle feeding, and let no-one tell you different. All you need to make certain is that feeding time isn’t just about food, but also about soft love and attention. Your new child will like staying close to you, moreover that physical closeness and eye-to-eye contact are linked to good brain growth.

• DO let Dad do the honors – One thing about baby bottles is, pop may have a go at feeding the newborn child also. Now dad won’t feel left out and he may have bonding with baby sessions of his own.

• DO try different nipples and bottlesIn case your newborn hasn’t taken to bottle feeding, maybe it’s the nipple. Various nipples have different flow rates. The milk should come out fast enough so your baby doesn’t get irritated, but not too fast that your newborn baby has issues keeping up. Turn the bottle the other way up and if you have a drop a second, it is just right.

• DO help to make bottle feeding equally as much like breast feeding as is possible – It’s extremely important to interact with the newborn as she feeds on the bottle.

Bottle-feeding Don’ts-

Don’t attempt to pop the bottle and multitask. Swap your arms, try various positions and allow your newborn baby take her time. This time need to be solely parent-baby time, full of snuggling, playing and of course, sufficient burping.

• DON’T give your infant a bottle in bed – It’s not a good idea to place your newborn to bed using a bottle. It could actually trigger choking, ear infections and in some cases tooth decay.

• DON’T change up the formula. A new baby formula is manufactured keeping your baby’s nutrition in mind, so avoid watering it down. Also, Don’t provide your newborn baby plain juice or water until she’s started off solids (approximately 4 to 6 months).

• DON’T go moo. It’s well-advised not to switch to cow’s milk until your child’s not less than 12 months old. Your infant will not be able to breakdown cow’s milk prior to that.

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