WHO recommends to breastfeeding, and breast is best, as breast milk is made for baby and gives baby the nutrition he or she needs. However, breastfeeding is not always possible, and you do not have to breast-feed to be a good mum! Being a good mum is about the way you and your child are together, not about breast-feeding, and feeding baby a bottle is still a good opportunity to give your baby love and comfort.

Use the time it takes baby to drink the bottle to caress, hold baby close to feel and smell you. Prioritise the feed as a time where you and baby are together, gets to know each other and enjoy it.

There is a lot of things you need to know when bottle feeding.

For example it can be easier to get baby to take the bottle if it has the right temeprature, as body temperature means comfort for baby. If using powdered formula it is very important to use the amount of powder it says on the packaging and that the powder gets fully dissolved as it otherwise may cause stomach ache and constipation.

When you first start with the bottle, it may be a good idea to have a very small hole in the teat, to make sure the baby do not choke on the milk, as milk from a bottle comes out a lot quicker than from a breast. It may be a good idea not to hold baby flat to give it a possibility to turn the head away when it is full. Try different positions to find the one that suits you and your baby the best.

Advise for giving baby bottle:

  • Feed baby bottle when baby seems hungry and ready.
  • Make sure you are sitting comfortably, pillows by your arms and back so both you and baby are comfortable.
  • Try once in a while to let baby sit upright to have the bottle (put your feet up and let baby rest against your thighs).
  • Let the bottle touch baby’s lips so baby feels the teat coming and is motivated to open its mouth.
  • Make sure the teat is filled with milk. If it isn’t, you risk baby swollows air and get a stomach ache.
  • Observe how baby is sucking, it should have a good grip with the lips and the jaw should be moving up and down.
  • It is quite ok and natural for baby to take a few breaks during the feed. Follow your baby’s rytm.
  • Make sure you feed baby alternately from right and left side.

If you are using infants formula, herewith some advice on how to make a bottle:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and clean the kitchen counter before making the bottle.
  • Bottle and teat must be clean and sterilised.
  • Use fresh tap water – let the water run a little before putting it in a kettle.
  • Boil the water
  • Cool the water before mixing it with formula.
  • Mix formula and water carefully following the instructions on the packaging. The right mix of powder and water is very important for baby to get the right nutrition. Make sure the spoon you use for measuring is clean. Mix the formula by shaking the bottle until the powder is totally dissolved.
  • If your baby is not prematurely born and older than two months, you may make up enough bottles for the day / night at once. Cool immediately and store in the back of the fridge for no more than 24 hours. You may also keep boiled water in sterile bottles in the fridge, heat in the micro when needed and then mix with formula.

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