- When it comes to bottle-feeding positions, you should always hold the bottle so that the milk completely fills the nipple to ensure baby isn’t swallowing air.
- If you’re switching from breast to bottle, try sharing the first bottle-feeds between caregivers. That way everyone gets plenty of baby-bonding time, baby learns to feed with someone else, and mom gets a rest.
- Some moms find that their baby prefers a particular nipple. You may have to try different nipples until you find the one that works best.
- Look out for your baby’s “I’m hungry” and “I’m full” cues. You’ll soon get to know them.
- For food safety reasons, discard any unfinished formula or breast milk in the bottle within one hour after feeding.
- Whether you’re feeding expressed breast milk or formula, always sterilize bottles and nipples before each feeding.
- If you’re considering formula feeding, discuss which one would be appropriate for your baby’s needs with your doctor first.
- If you use formula, always follow the preparation and storage instructions on the label.
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