Whether you choose to bottle feed your little one exclusively or supplement with breast milk, it's important to use the proper techniques and equipment to ensure your baby gets the goodness they need. In the same way as breastfeeding, it’s essential that bottle feeding is done in a responsive way, and that your little one gets the milk they need when they need it and show signs of hunger. If you’re looking for a simple guide to bottle feeding, here are some tips on how to bottle feed your baby:
When bottle-feeding your little one, it’s important to have the right equipment to make the experience as comfortable and convenient as possible.
Choosing the right formula for your baby is an important decision; getting it right can make a huge difference in your bottle-feeding experience.
There are various reasons that some mothers may not be able to breastfeed, and formula feeding becomes the next best option, meaning there are plenty of options to choose from.
Soy-based baby formula is a suitable alternative for babies who are lactose intolerant or allergic to milk protein. It is made from soy protein and is still fortified with all nutrients such as iron, calcium, and vitamin D.
Hypoallergenic formula is specially formulated for babies with allergies or particular sensitivities to milk protein. These formulas are made from hydrolysed proteins, meaning the proteins are broken down into smaller pieces and are easier to digest.
Always read the labels carefully to ensure the formula contains all the essential nutrients your baby needs, including iron, calcium, and vitamins.
One of the most important things you can do to bottle-feed your little one successfully is find the right position that works for them.
There are plenty of bottle-feeding positions out there, many of which overlap with popular breastfeeding positions. The cradle hold is a classic position for bottle feeding. This involves holding your baby in your arms with their head resting in the crook of your elbow. The rugby ball hold is another popular bottle-feeding option, especially for newborns and smaller babies. This position involves holding your baby under your arm, with their body tucked under it like a football.
Experiment with these positions to find the one that works best for you and your little one! Regardless of which position you choose or how popular this position is with other parents, finding the right bottle-feeding position can help you and your baby have a comfortable and enjoyable feeding experience.