About Bottles for Babies – I Love ‘Em!

We all know babies either breastfeed or drink out of a bottle or both! This article is all about bottles for babies and more, more and some more!

Many of us know what baby malnutrition is but the finer details are oftentimes lost on us – for instance beyond ages 2 and 3, chronic malnutrition’s effects cannot be undone. Child malnutrition is the biggest  contributor to deaths in children under five! Feeding your baby properly is, was and will always be essential…

Feeding Techniques

There are many feeding techniques out there for you & your baby.  I mean, when we see a baby with his/her mother this process looks as simple as can be! Feeding is definitely a time for bonding…

  • Cradle him 

Place baby’s head in the crook of your arm and the other arm underneath or around him. You then have to lift baby’s head a little bit until he/she is in a more upright position. This can be used in public.

  • Sit him up

Place your baby on your lap in a semi-upright position and let his/her head rest in the crook of your arm or on your chest!

  • Place him your baby in your lap 

Place baby in/on your lap so that it’s head is resting on your knees and so that the feet will be placed directly on your tummy.

  • Angled feeding 

Once your baby starts ‘cluster feeding’, using a pillow is a great help! Keep them upright just like when you are employing the ‘cradle hold’ position but instead of using your arm to support your baby’s body, use a pillow!!!

Safest Way Forward

  • Feeding your baby when he/she lies down is a complete no no… Formula can enter your baby’s middle ear and cause an infection! Know also that you do not sit a bottle down with your baby whilst they nap or get to bed for the night.
  • When feeding your infant, tilt your the baby’s bottle and allow the nipple to completely fill… This will help you avoid giving your baby painful gas as it will ensure that your baby takes in less air during feeding.
  • Give your baby some attention when feeding and make sure to always try and spot their ‘facial feeding cues’!
  • Upright feeding is the best technique I can mention to you because it is ideally used when your baby experiences gas or acid reflux.

Extra Meals

Paced Feeding

  • Paced feeding mimics breastfeeding. Tickle your baby’s lips with the bottle… Your baby will make rooting cues, a reflex in normal newborns. This is when a baby turns towards the stimulus after the cheek or lip is touched and then makes sucking or what we call ‘rooting’ motions with his/her mouth. After tickling your baby’s lips place the nipple in his/her mouth. Keep the bottle horizontal. Now every 20-30 seconds or so you will have to tip the bottle’s nipple towards the top of the mouth to stop milk flow… You may switch sides as with breastfeeding.

Cue-based Feeding

  • This feeding technique is usually for babies who are premature or have feeding disabilities! Avoid moving the nipple in his/her mouth. Watch for cues of hunger and cues of fullness. That’s about all it really is. In this feeding method baby leads you! Simply respond to the cues offerred by the baby.

Bottles and Bottles

Nipples

  • They come in different levels. Replace them as baby is ready for the next size or when they are cracked, discolored or thinning. You can also choose the material. Silicone is firm and latex is softer and doesn’t last as long.

Shape

  • Some are straight and others contoured or wide. A bottle with a broader neck is easier to clean.

Anti-colic Features

  • No one really knows what causes colic (when a healthy baby cries frequently for a prolonged period of time) but bottles with angled tops and special venting features can limit the amount of air that baby takes in. This reduces gas and spit-up/ spitting up.

What Bottles Can I Purchase??

Babies can be surprisingly fussy when it comes down to which bottle they like…

Angle-necks, wide-necks, vented bottles and disposable-liner bottles. This is quite a subject… Just like when your kids are picky and choosy about all sorts of things so your baby may like one type of bottle over another.

Glass is a good choice. Glass is safer than most bottles and that is because there are too many health concerns out there about chemicals in plastic bottles. Take care. Bisphenol A or BPA is no longer permitted by organisations like the FDA (The Food and Drug Administration). 

Baby bottles in the U.S. of A. for instance are now all BPA-free. Plastic could be replaced by stainless steel. Up to you.

Breastfeeding VS Bottle Feeding

Debates are always had in terms of breastfeeding and the eventual necessity of bottle feeding. There are two types of bottle feeding.

I would like to delve into either, first mother’s milk. An intriguing subject for the females reading this article I believe. 

Mother’s milk allows immunity to be transferred from the mother to the baby…

Now of course formula has it’s pros and it’s cons. There is alot of science behind this!!!

Pros include the fact that feeding times are quicker, formula-feeding moms do not need to find a private place to nurse in public etc. etc. Some cons include the fact that formula can be costly, powdered formula the least expensive which are then followed by some others. Buying formula may hurt your pocket!

One  debate is that formula is far inferior to breast milk.

Falling In Love With Your Baby

Feeding your baby is an important form of love and bonding. Babies have what is called hunger cues.

Crying takes place if a baby is not fed early enough. As a baby gets hungry he/she may engage in lip-smacking or licking. Then can be seen for opening and closing their mouths. Sucking lips, sucking their hands, their tongues, their toes and fingers and onto toys and even clothing. Hunger cues can be broken up into three stages

  • Early stage

underlined and discussed above

  • Middle stage

fussing, breathing fast, hitting, fidgeting, squirming and trying to nurse by pulling on your clothes

  • Late stage

crying or baby starts yanking from side to side

NB* as the late stage begins and the baby starts yanking & crying, calm them before feeding…

What Is The Real Debate?

Babies need bottles at one point or another, they are a complete necessity.

Here is some extra info for you all…

Breast milk is the only food and drink for babies in the first six months of their life.

At just around 6 months you can add solid foods into your baby’s feeding plan but do not stop giving your baby breast milk.

It is recommended to keep your baby breastfed up until the age of two and longer.

Formula milk is the only safe alternative to breast milk within your baby’s first year.

Not all drinks are safe for babies to drink (including young children).

Hope you all understand this subject a little more!

Goodbye!

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