Baby feeding is so important during the first few months of your child’s development. Actually, at this stage, all they do is eat, sleep, and poo. While no two babies are alike, baby feeding basics are good to know at the onset, so you do not commit any rookie mom mistakes.
Baby Feeding With A Bottle
If this is the baby feeding manner in which you chose to raise your baby, then you have joined legions of other mothers and children. Before you begin baby feeding with a bottle, you will first need the essential tools to be able to prepare bottled formulas properly.
Bottles (glass or BPA-free plastic)
Glass bottles have no harmful chemicals, but they tend to be expensive, heavy, and breakable. BPA-free plastic bottles are less expensive, lighter, and will not break. People argue though that even BPA-free bottles have trace chemical residue.
Nipple choice will be determined with matching the shape, size, and flow speed with that of your child’s feeding preferences. The size of the hole will determine the rate and amount of milk when baby feeding. Not getting the right balance could result in swallowing air. Available nipple materials are silicone and latex.
Sterilizing bottles once in a while is a good idea, and the best way to do this is by using a specific bottle sterilizer. If you decide not to get one, soaking bottles in boiling water for around 5 minutes does the trick.
Since bottles are an odd shape, you will need a bottle brush cleaner to get to every nook and cranny. This makes sure you get to wash off every bit of residue.
Burping will be a part of the feeding ritual, and a necessary one so your child does have stomach spasms from excessive air. Burp napkins keep things tidy.
Pediatrician Recommended Infant Formula
There are many excellent infant formulas. There are even lactose-free versions in case your child is sensitive to dairy. Ask your pediatrician to recommend an appropriate formula for your baby feeding needs.
How to Do It
Once you have adequately prepared a bottle with infant formula, baby feeding position is critical. Cradle your baby in your arms with the head resting on the crook of your arm, tilting the head and chest at a slight incline. Bring the baby close to your chest. A nursing pillow can also be helpful in keeping the baby’s head upright. Hold the bottle at an angle so the milk can flow freely, making sure there is no air that can be swallowed. Pace the feeding process, taking cues from your baby if the feeding is too fast or slow. This is also a good time to check if the nipple needs adjusting. A burp can also be good in mid bottle feeding, to make sure no excess air is accumulating.
Baby Feeding Thru Breastfeeding
If you have the time and inclination, breastfeeding is still the preferred way for baby feeding. Her is your essential checklist.
Most moms, new or not, will need a breast pump to help aspirate breasts that need extra stimulation, or when you express milk for storage. There are many brands in the market, both manual and electric.
Excess milk from a mother’s breast can be kept in storage bags. Baby feeding with mother’s milk is made possible this way even if mom is not around. Breast milk when refrigerated lasts up to four days, and up to 6 months when frozen
Also known as nursing pads, these are liners that moms use, so they do not soil their clothes when milk leaks from their full breasts.
A nursing bra gives specific support and access to breastfeeding moms. They have a feature that allows flaps to be opened to access the nipples, so mothers do not have to remove or raise their bra when baby feeding.
An overzealous baby can sometimes leave mothers with sore nipples. These specific creams help soothe the soreness. A hot compress also helps alleviate any sore or cracked nipples.
How to Do It
The first thing to hurdle is getting your baby to latch. Baby feeding this way requires that the mouth covers the nipple and most of the areola, so the milk glands are stimulated. Position your baby to face your breasts, and gently touch the lips with your nipple, so she opens her mouth as if yawning. Once her mouth is open, position your nipple near, but do not force it on her. Allow your baby to initiate the latch. A good latch is when the baby’s chin and nose are pressing your breasts. Her lips will also be puckered. Your baby will be feeding properly if you observe a rhythmic motion as well as hear liquid being swallowed.