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Bottle Feeding

As with breastfeeding and anything else that you introduce to your little one, bottle-feeding your baby can take a bit of time to master and find what works best. If you’re struggling to establish a good bottle-feeding routine with your baby, or looking for some advice on bottle-feeding, we’ve got you covered. From how to get started with bottle-feeding your baby, to the best bottle-feeding equipment and positions, read on for the answers to your bottle-feeding questions.

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Your Bottle Feeding Guide...

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:

  1. Choose the right formula: Choosing the right formula that works for your baby is important for their growth and development. There are many different types of formula on the market, including cow's milk-based, soy-based, and hypoallergenic formulas. Talk to your GP or midwife to determine which formula suits your baby's needs and age.
  2. Sterilise all equipment: Before each feed, you must make sure to sterilise all equipment, including the bottles, lids, and any other accessories. You can easily do so by boiling them in water for 5-10 minutes, using a sterilising machine, or using sterilising tablets.
  3. Offer the bottle: When you offer the bottle to your baby, do so by gently placing the teat of the bottle in their mouth. Ensure the teat is filled with milk before entering your little one’s mouth to prevent your baby from swallowing air and getting gassy.

When bottle-feeding your little one, it’s important to have the right equipment to make the experience as comfortable and convenient as possible.

  1. Bottles: The first and most important equipment you will need for bottle feeding is a good quality bottle. Make that a few of them because you’ll be getting through using them pretty quickly!
  2. Steriliser: Sterilising your baby's bottles and other feeding equipment is essential for keeping them clean and safe for your baby to use. Microwave sterilisers are the most affordable option, while electric steam sterilisers are the most convenient and efficient but often come with a steeper price tag.
  3. Prep machine: A prep machine is a convenient piece of equipment that can save you time and hassle when feeding your baby. It is handy for night feedings when you want to quickly warm up a bottle without leaving your bed. Investing in high-quality equipment and choosing the right products for your baby can help ensure that your little one's feeding experience is safe, comfortable, and enjoyable.

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.