The Bottle: A New Accessory
The transition from breast to bottle changes your daily routine, but not your relationship with your baby.
Learning to Prepare Bottles
Preparing your baby's bottle is not complicated, but does require some preparation that will quickly become.
Hygiene is essential. First step, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Then comes sterilizing the bottle, the nipple and ring: after cleaning, sterilize for five to ten minutes in boiling water.
The bottle is prepared just before your baby needs to be fed. For the health of your baby, follow the instructions indicated by your brand of infant formula on how it should be prepared and preserved.
Always check the temperature of the milk before giving the bottle to your baby: if it’s too hot, it could burn your infant. To check the temperature, pour a drop on the inside of your wrist, which is a particularly sensitive area.
When preparing to feed your baby a bottle, be sure you are seated quietly and comfortably, such as in a chair with armrests. The correct position for baby is recumbent, and in the crook of your arm. Use a pillow if you or the baby needs help with positioning.
The bottle should be held slightly inclined so that there is no air in the nipple. If there are bubbles in the bottle, loosen the ring.
When baby starts to suckle, follow his pace. Some babies like to take breaks and have a small burp during feeding, while others don’t. Pay attention to your baby’s facial expressions, little noises or movements. These are his way of communicating with you. Use this time to give your baby soft caresses and talk to him in a gentle tone.
When Baby’s Done
When your baby is finished he’ll let you know. If he hasn’t finished the bottle, don’t overly encourage him to finish it. Remove the bottle and hold your baby against you, head slightly above your shoulder. Gently pat him on the back to help him burp - removing any air bubbles he might have swallowed. If your baby isn’t burping, keep him in an upright position for about 10 minutes to assist him in getting any gas out.
If your baby doesn’t finish the bottle and seems to be satisfied, throw away the rest of the milk wash the bottle in hot soapy water, using a brush. Do the same for the ring and the nipple. The bottle is then ready to be sterilized again.
Getting The Family Involved
With your baby taking a bottle, a new world of experiences and interactions open up to him. The whole family can now enjoy feeding your infant: Dad, big brother or big sister, grandparents or a nanny.