Baby Feeding Bottle Tips
When feeding your baby by bottle, it sounds easy enough but there are some tips that can make the entire experience more enjoyable for both you and your baby.
For the sake of argument we're going to assume that you are using a commercial baby formula, although many mothers pump and use breast milk in bottles. When you prepare formula, make note of how you made it, and be sure to make it the same way every time. Use distilled or filtered water to the utmost in safety for your baby.
Relax when you're feeding your baby a bottle. If you're stressed, your baby will pick it right up. Simple things like soft music, dimming the lights, sitting in your favorite lounging clothes in a chair made even more comfy with a couple of pillows will all contribute to a better bottle feeding experience.
Always hold your baby when you bottle feed. Besides being a wonderful time to bond with your baby, holding your baby slightly upright will keep air bubbles from being swallowed and the result is a much less gassy baby. Never prop a bottle in your baby's mouth. The risk of choking or inhaling formula, which can lead to respiratory distress, is too great.
Alternate sides you feed your baby on. This will help the eyes and neck of your baby develop at the same pace. If you want, alternate during the feeding. About halfway through, stop and burp your baby. This will lessen the chances of the bottle fed meal coming up at the end and also take the opportunity to switch sides you're feeding your baby on. If you were holding her in your left arm, switch and hold her in the right arm for the rest of the feeding.
Those are just a few tips to make baby feeding by bottle a little easier. Remember, always hold your baby when feeding, it's a wonderful time for bonding and they don't stay that little for long.