Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Formula Feeding

  • Iron Fortified baby formula contains all the nutrients your baby needs for the first four to six month of life. Your baby should stay on formula throughout the first year of life even  after you begin solid foods.
  • Baby formula is widely available.
  • Baby formula is solid either as concentrated, powdered or ready to feed. You have to mix concentrated or powdered formula with sterile water before giving it to your baby.
  • Bottles need to be prepared when using baby formula. Never warn baby formula in the microwave. Heating bottles in the microwave can cause "hot spots" in the formula. These "hot spots" can burn your baby's mouth. Warm the formula by placing the bottle in a pan of hot tap water.
  • Infant food such as cereal, fruits or vegetables should never be fed by bottle.
  • Other people can feed your baby. Always hold the baby when feeding. Do not prop the bottle. Propping the baby's bottle can lead to ear infections, choking and overfeeding.
  • Feeding time is a special time. It is a time to relax with your baby.

Advantages of Bottle Feeding
  •  Bottle-fed babies need to be fed less frequently since it is more difficult to digest.
  • If you are bottle feeding your baby, you know exactly how much milk your baby has had.
  • You do not need to be present each time the baby has to be fed; some other family member or friend can also feed the baby.
  • Your social life does not need to be curtailed. You can resume your normal life.

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