Bottle Feeding by Estelle Calleja (Midwife)
Breast is best. However those who for a reason or other cannot or do not wish to breast feed their baby here are some information.
Make sure that bottles are cleaned and sterilized. After the use of a bottle wash with soap and warm water, rinse and then sterilize. Once bottles are sterilized they should be kept closed and in a clean environment. (Methods of sterlization will be discussed another time)
Washing of teats is of utmost importance. Use a special teat brush to clean teats properly. Wash and sterilize in same method described above. Make sure that the teats are worn out and of the proper size according to the baby's age. Change teats frequently.
The best formula would be a full milk formula unless contraindicated by the midwife or doctor. Do not start the baby on a certain type of formula (for example low lactose, soya) just because the neighbour uses it or because the previous child took it. Do not change milk unless there are problems and if they arise contact the midwife or doctor. Misuse of special formula could lead to problems.
- Preparation of Feed
Wash hands before starting. Make sure that you prepare the formula in the cleanest environment possible.
Prepare the feed using lukewarm water. The general rule is 30mls with water to one scoop of milk powder. Fill the water by holding the bottle at eye level and then add the scoops. Always read instruction on tin to make sure that the preparation of water to powder is correct. Mix the mixture gently to avoid air going through. This will help in minimizing colic.Milk can be prepared and kept in fridge for 24 hours.
When travelling always carry the milk cold and warm it before feeding. Another option is to carry warm water and then add scoops. Never travel with warm milk even more so in summer.
Before feeding the baby check the temperature of the milk on the inner side of the wrist. Even if using a bottle warmer check the temperature before feeding. To feed the baby hold him/her upright and make sure that the teat is full of milk to avoid introduction of air.
Next time we will tackle modes of sterlization and different types of formula.