Are you confused of choosing between breastfeeding or formula feeding? Do you hate breastfeeding and the feeling of guilt is killing you? Checkout our free safe bottle feeding checklist to answer your questions.
- Licking bathroom floor or public bathroom wall
- Eating morsels of dirt off the floor
- Sucking garbage off the ground
- Picking his nose and eating it
- Eating whatever disgusting non-food he/she finds
The point is to help you choose, and never feel the guilt if you chose formula over breastfeeding.
It is true that natural feeding is so healthy for your baby but at the end the most important part here is to feed your baby with love to build a sacred bond with each other.
There is an art of successful bottle feeding, checkout these tips and download the free safe bottle feeding checklist to know how to keep your baby safe and healthy.
Let us start…
Iron-fortified formula is the only recommended alternative to breast milk by The American Academy of Pediatrics.
When choosing a formula, look for expert-recommended levels of:
- DHA and ARA: Essential fatty acids that support eye and brain development.
- Lutien: Acts as an antioxidant and as a filter to protect the building block of the brain that is prone to damage.
- Choline: Helps your baby’s brain and spinal cord to develop properly.
- Vitmine E: Acts as a powerful antioxidant that helps preserve cell membrane, retina, human nervous system and skeletal muscle function.
- Nucleotides: Support your baby’s ability to make important antibodies.
- Prebiotics (not Probiotics): Special ingredients found in human milk that boost growth of beneficial bacteria that soften baby’s stool.
Because they are naturally found in breast milk.
How to choose the right kind of formula?
- Milk-based formulas: Are the most common types of formulas. I personally used Similac© Advance©. It was appropriate for my newborn and i am still using it.
- Organic formulas: Are made from organic ingredients that are produced without the use of antibiotics, hormones and other chemicals. Similac© Organic also can be a good choice because it is certified by the USDA Organic and made of wholesome organic milk.
- Soy-based formulas: Are recommended for babies who cannot tolerate milk-based formulas. If you noticed feeding concerns such as fussiness and gas, ask your physician about switching to Similac Soy Isomil© a soy-based formula.
- Sensitive formulas: Are good for babies with sensitive stomach or those with acid-reflux because they frequently spit up and are always fussy.
- Hypoallergenic formulas: Are for allergic babies who suffer from colic symptoms.
Amount of formula depends on your baby’s age and appetite. Start with 2-3 oz during the first week.
How do i know when to decrease or increase the amount?
Give your baby as much as he/she seems to need. If your baby doesn’t drink all of each bottle then she’s telling you to decrease the amount as she needs. But in case your baby is finishing one regularly, it is probably the time to increase the amount.
How often should i give formula?
Offer your baby formula after every 3 to 4 hours starting the time of previous feeding began during the day and every 4 to 5 hours during the night.
What are the safe way to feed my baby through the bottle? How to prepare for the formula?
Checkout our free safe bottle feeding checklist. Download here
For more safe tips try to always follow the below instructions:
- Make sure that there is any stain from previous feeding
- Boil the water used for formula if it was nonchlorinated or well water and then wait until it reaches room temperature then use in formula.
- Never use microwave to warm a bottle. Microwave is dangerous and might result in hot spots that can burn your baby
- Make a fresh bottle each time your baby needs a feed because bacteria build up within few hours even if it was stored in the fridge or freezer.
- Discard leftovers if your baby doesn’t finish a bottle within 1 hour once starting the feed
- Examine bottle nipples frequently and throw them out at the first sign of damage.
- Each baby, regardless of the age and size, has his/her own nutritional needs.
- Try not to freeze the empty milk bottle because if the frozen bottle accidentally fall from you it will explode.
- If the milk flows too quickly or too slow, you may need to change the nipple. Large hole can cause choking and tiny hole can distress your baby while feeding.
- Don’t try to get the baby to finish the bottle if she/he show signs of wanting to stop.
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Reference: StrongMoms© by Similac© The American Academy of Pediatrics© USDA Organic©
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