Mothers need to train their kids to bottle feed as bottle feeding is slightly different from breastfeeding. These kids may show reluctance towards bottle feeding in the initial days.To avoid this, working mothers should start bottle feeding even before getting back to their work. Once the baby is used to the bottle, mothers can go back to their work.
The following tips can be useful to the mothers in this training program:
Mothers should not bottle feed the baby for the first time. Kids can sense the mother’s presence and will show less interest in the bottle. First bottle feeding must be done when the mother is not indoors. A friend or the partner can help the mother in this process.
To create interest in the baby, bottle feeding must be done when he is not extremely hungry. Since he is not used to the bottle, he may find it frustrating while he is hungry. An eye to eye contact must be made while bottle feeding is done. This helps in communicating with the child. Bottle feeding need not be done in a nursing position. A correct position can be chosen according to the comfort of the child. Mothers should not bottle feed the baby in the starting days so that he gets used to the new feeding person.
Babies may not feed properly on the bottle milk initially. In such cases, mothers should breastfeed them in the nights. Breastfeeding during the nights can be continued even after the mother starts working. This way the baby would get all the required nourishment. If the baby is too reluctant to take the bottle, a small amount of breast milk should be applied on the nipple to attract him.
Mothers can also use sippy cups instead of bottles. They are more advantageous than the bottle. The best guide to when to feed baby is baby’s own requirement, which is shown by crying. After a few days, you will become accustomed to the routine at which baby requires to be fed.
Following a rigid schedule is not recommended. Unlike adults, digestive system of babies can take only as much as it can digest. Trying to feed baby when she is not hungry can bring problems. Consult the height and weight chart often, this will give you a hint if your baby is growing in a healthy manner or you need to feed extra.
Sterilizing the Bottles is Important
Feeding bottle is the only thing that can bring infection to a baby. For this reason, bottle must be sterilized prior to feeding. For this, immerse the bottle in boiling water for about five minutes. Allow them to dry naturally and wipe with a clean non-lint cloth. This procedure should be followed for all components of water, including nipple and sieve. After baby has finished feeding, do not leave the bottle unattended. Rinse it thoroughly with hot water to remove any germination.
The water you use for making the bottle feed should be boiled before preparing the formula. It is always a safer practice to boil the water prior to preparing formula. If you live in areas where safe drinking water is available, you may not need to do so. Even then, it is better to consult your doctor on this issue.
Formula made with boiling water will be hot and should not be given to the baby immediately. Allow it to cool sufficiently so that baby can drink it comfortably. Sterilizing the bottles, cleaning them and allowing the formula to cool down take their own time. For this reason, you must have a set of two to three feeding bottles so that you have at least one set of bottle ready anytime you need to feed the baby.
If you see cracks developing in the bottle, discard it immediately. Use of microwave to heat the formula is not recommended. Microwave will heat the formula through molecular action and any bacteria will stay intact. While feeding the baby with a bottle, keep the baby in your arms with head higher than rest of body. Holding the bottle so as to allow a steady flow of formula is important. The whole experience of feeding the baby with bottle acts as a bonding between baby and mother.