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    Bottle-feeding tips

    Bottle-feeding tips

    Bottle-feeding might look easy but there’s a fair bit to swallow.  So here’s a list of bottle-feeding tips, covering bottle-feeding positions, setting a bottle-feeding routine, and more.

    • 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.



    Canadian Paediatric Society. 10 Steps for Diaper Changing. Accessed September 2020.


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