Feeding baby sounds like an easy task but there are preparations that need to be done prior to the actual feeding and tasks that must be considered after feeding them. Here are some of the considerations when you plan to feed baby.
The feeding bottles should be either glass or plastic with collapsible liners. Glass bottles are easier to clean and there is no after smell stuck in the bottle. However, there is a greater chance of the baby swallowing air when they drink their milk. There is less air swallowed in the plastic bottles but cleaning plastic bottles can be more difficult and harder to maintain. Have several size bottles available, such as the 8-ounce and 4-ounce bottles with various nipples, caps and hoods. The baby might not want to take a big bottle, so the smaller bottle provides a better option for the baby. You save on milk and there is less wastage if baby does not finish the bottle. Nipples and caps might break in the middle of the night and having a few spare will solve that problem. Cleaning the bottles can be done by batches. Be sure the bottles are properly sterilized and cleaned thoroughly. A few germs in the bottle is enough to make the baby get a virus and become ill. With a sufficient quantity of bottles, you can have a shifting schedule so you can be assured baby will have a ready supply of bottles at hand.
Some parents prefer making a large supply of milk and pouring them into bottles as the need arises. Be sure you only make enough to last for less than a day as too much mixed milk might just spoil if left for a long period of time. Keeping them in the refrigerator may lengthen their life span slightly. Another method is to have boiled water placed in the individual bottles and mix the powdered milk into the individual bottles when it is needed. The terminal method means the formula is sterilized at the same time as the bottles. Pour the formula into the bottles and place the bottles in the sterilizer. This implies that most, if not all, bottles already contain the formula. The bottles have to be consumed within a given time period or the formula will become stale.
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Here is more about Before and after feeding baby
After feeding the baby, there are several things that must be done to ensure the comfort and ease of the baby. Removing potential gas is vital after the baby finishes feeding. The baby could swallow air while feeding or acquire gas by eating too fast and not digesting the food properly. Don’t wait for the baby to experience gas pains. Prevent the possibility of gas pains by taking precautionary measures right after feeding. Burping the baby is a good way of ensuring that gas is expelled expediently.
There are several methods of burping the baby, all of which can be efficient and effective. Putting the baby on your shoulders and walk around while patting firmly the back of the baby is one common method. You get some exercise by walking around and the movement, aside from patting the back will help expel the gas. You can also talk or sing to them at the same time so they become at ease and comfortable. If you get tired of walking around or carrying them, lay them on their stomachs and pat the back firmly. Stroke their back up and down to induce the gas to come out. Be sure the baby does not fall asleep until they have expelled the gases. It is more troublesome if they wake up in the middle of the night with gas pains. Some doctors advise not to wait until the baby has finished feeding but rather burp the baby midway through their feeding. Sometimes, the baby might spit out or vomit some milk. There is no cause for immediate alarm as it is possible the baby took too much and is expelling the excess through the burping process. However, if the vomiting continues, consult a physician.
Keep a close watch on what to do before and after feeding the baby. These are vital activities that will help baby have a healthy and relaxed feeding.