Feed a Baby Infant Formula
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Some infants can't have their mother's breastmilk for nutrition. Their are many reasons why,such as the mother being absent,or the mother having breast problems or surgery done. Breastmilk is best for your infant,but if you must feed formula,here is how to do it properly.
- Select a bottle and nipple. There are many bottles and nipples to choose from. You can choose a bottle that is angled to keep air bubbles out,or a bottle that has vents for the same reason. You should use a nipple that does not collapse and has the right sized hole. It should squirt in drops.
- Clean the bottle and nipple using soap and hot water. Just use a sponge to wipe the sides,inside and outside clean. Make sure you rinse out all of the soap to prevent the baby from getting sick.
- Pour in the formula. If you are using powdered formula,mix it with water and then pour in. If you have it already made, just pour it in!
- Heat the formula,if needed. Do NOT use a microwave. Microwaves heat things unevenly,so some of the formula will be scalding hot,while another amount will be the right temperature. Heat the formula by putting it in a bucket of hot water. Before serving it to your baby,check its temperature by squirting some on your wrist.
- Serve the formula to the infant. Make sure that the baby is sitting up while feeding,so they don't have stomach troubles. Don't forget to burp the infant,too!
- After feeding, clean the bottle and nipple thoroughly.
- Replace bottles and nipples every few weeks.
- There are three methods used to burp an infant. One is to put the baby over your shoulder, another is to put the baby over your knee, and the last one is to sit them upright and put your hand on the cheeks and chin. Apply gentle pressure.
- If you want,use a bottle warmer instead of a bucket of hot water. It will heat up faster.
- Make sure to always clean the bottles and nipples. If you don't, your infant could get very sick.
- If using a bottle warmer,don't turn it up too hot. The heat can damage your countertop or even cause a fire!
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