Bottle Feeding 101
Bottles are a great way for busy parents to provide nourishment for their infants. Bottle feeding is an easy, convenient way to make sure baby has enough of the nutrients he or she needs. Here are some tips for bottle feeding:
Preparing the Bottle
- Purchase quality, anti-colic bottles with age-appropriate nipples.
- Thoroughly wash and sterilize all bottles, nipples, and caps before use.
- Fill the bottle with the right amount of formula or breast milk according to your baby’s age.
- Release air bubbles by pushing down on the nipple before feeding.
- Use a supported position when bottle feeding: either an upright or reclined position with your baby at a 45-degree angle.
- Hold the bottle correctly by supporting the bottle neck with your index finger.
- Tilt the bottle to ensure the nipple is full of liquid.
- Take breaks frequently and let your baby take the lead in the pace of feeding.
- When changing sides, wipe the nipple with a clean cloth and burp your baby.
Cleaning and Storage
- Follow the instructions of your particular bottles for assembly and cleaning.
- After feeding, rinse the bottle and nipple to prevent milk build-up.
- Clean the bottle and nipple with a brush and warm, soapy water.
- Rinse the bottle and nipple with clean water.
- Air dry the bottle and nipple on a clean kitchen towel.
- Store bottles and nipples in a dry, covered container.
Following these steps will ensure that bottle feeding your baby is a safe and nurturing experience.