How to give the bottle?
You have decided not to breastfeed your baby or to breastfeed only partially to give dad that intimate moment. When to give him his milk in what amount? It’s time to master the bottle!
When it comes to welcoming their first child, many mothers are faced with a dilemma: the choice between breast or formula?
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You should know that this is a choice that is specific to each of you and that does not alter in any way the relationship between the mother you are and your baby. If you have chosen infant milk, do not feel guilty.
They all contain the nutritional elements that are essential to your child’s growth and health!
How much baby milk?
From birth to the 5th month, your child’s diet is based exclusively on artificial milk and his or her daily needs are constantly changing.
– From 0 to 1 month, baby drinks an average of 50 to 60 ml of milk up to 10 times a day, for the first 2 weeks, then 90 ml in 6 to 8 bottles. – From
1 to 2 months, drinks 5 to 6 bottles of 120 to 160 ml,
– From 2 to 3 months, your meals consist of 5 bottles of 150 to 180 ml,
– From 3 to 4 months, you can give your child 4 bottles of 180 to 210 ml or 5 bottles of 150 to 180 ml,
– From 4 to 5 months, you can give your child 4 bottles of 210 to 240 ml or 5 bottles of 180 ml,- From
6 months, the baby drinks about 900 ml in 4 takes.
Bottle: how often?
Most early childhood specialists believe that there should be some flexibility in the baby’s feeding times, at least during the first few weeks.
Don’t worry: After the first month, meal times should be more regular.
Offer him a bottle every two or three hours at first, or when he seems hungry, but don’t wake him up if he’s sound asleep.
How do you prepare the bottle?
– Wash the bottle with a clean bottle brush, water and dishwashing liquid before first use and after each feeding. Finished or unfinished milk should be discarded as it will not be stored.
– Air dry the bottle in a bottle drain, for example, and wash your hands before picking up the bottle.
– For the water and powdered milk mixture, see the information on the powdered milk box. Fill the bottle with mineral water up to the prescribed dose, then use the measuring spoon on the milk bottle to pour the correct dose. Be sure to run a knife over the measuring spoon so as not to force the dose.
– Shake the bottle well to avoid lumps, rolling it up in your hands. If you heat the bottle, be careful with the microwave: the bottle may feel hot to the touch while the milk is hot. Check the temperature in the palm of your hand to prevent this from happening.
– If you go outside, you can fill the bottle with the right amount of water and carry the dose of powdered milk separately. The bottle can be reconstituted at the desired time.
Choose a low-mineral water that is labeled “suitable for infant formula”. The easiest way to sterilize your bottle is to use a sterilizer on bottles that have been thoroughly washed beforehand.
Which bottle to choose?
There are a large number of bottles, but it is recommended to choose a model that complies with the NF 315 standard, which guarantees its quality and ergonomics.
The next step is to choose the material. Glass bottles rarely get scratched and do not turn yellow after they are put in the dishwasher.
On the other hand, they are heavy and take care of falls. Plastic bottles are light, unbreakable, but quickly become opaque.
What form should I choose? Before buying your baby’s bottle, don’t hesitate to take it in hand to choose the model that suits you best.
Traditional bottles are round, but your baby will find it difficult to hold them if he wants to be independent.
Ergonomically designed bottles will be more appreciated.
The triangular bottles are non-slip and easy to clean. In addition, the angular versions prevent aerophagy. If in doubt between the small and large bottles, it is better to choose models containing between 240 and 250 ml.
Opt for the bottles with the most visible graduation possible and don’t forget to buy a smaller model to give your child fruit juice when he is a little older.
If your baby seems to have a tummy ache after meals, look for anti-colic models: some have an S-shaped design to facilitate continuous feeding.
Finally, be sure to split meals and bottle-feed your baby in an upright position as much as possible.
In what position should I give the bottle?
A moment of complicity, bottle-feeding should be a moment of calm. Don’t let the phone or television ring and sit in a quiet place.
Your baby’s head should rest on the elbow of your arm and his face should be turned toward you. Place the nipple on, not under, the tongue and check the angle of the bottle so there is no air in the nipple.
Remember to check during the meal that the milk is still flowing well.
If your baby insists on refusing to drink from his bottle, don’t insist and above all don’t force him – he’ll probably make up for it at the next meal!
Burping after a bottle, mandatory
With each bottle, your baby swallows air and burps to clear the overflow that has built up in his or her upper stomach. To make it easier for your child to digest, hold him upright, gently resting him on your shoulder.
The bottom of the baby’s chin should touch the top of his collarbone. Supporting your buttocks with your forearm, pat your back slightly and walk around the house keeping it in this position.
After a few minutes, the long-awaited burp should ease it. If he becomes restless and uncomfortable, move him to another position. Then you can sit him on your knees, leaning slightly forward, and leaning on your hand.
A few taps on your back will help relieve the discomfort.
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