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TOP 10 Most Common Question About Formula Feeding

It’s not a secret that breast milk is the best nutrition source for a newborn. A baby fed on breast milk is less likely to get sick, less prone to infections since breast milk helps to strengthen the immune system.

Unfortunately, not every woman has such an opportunity to breastfeed. It is great if it suits you and your baby, but if breastfeeding is too difficult for you to maintain or if it has a negative impact on your life, it is better to consider other ways. Actually, statistics show that most women refuse to breastfeed and prefer to feed their babies with infant formula.

Choosing an infant formula is an important decision that requires some research and thought. Therefore, the choice of baby milk should be approached as responsibly and deliberately as possible. After you decide on the appropriate infant formula, you may face the question, how to prepare for bottle-feeding. Let us answer 10 common questions about formula feeding.

Which of the following is an advantage of breastfeeding compared with formula feeding?

The benefits of breastfeeding are not limited to nutrition and immunity support. When your baby is upset or feeling bad, breastfeeding can help calm it down. Receiving every drop of breastmilk, a child gets everything they need for life.

Whatever the benefits of breastfeeding are, there are also some advantages of formula feeding. It gives some kind of freedom to women. In this case, the whole family can take part in the baby’s schedule. Besides, the interval between feedings increases, since the baby’s organism takes longer to digest formula than breast milk. In addition, you can accurately measure the amount of food required for one feeding.

Which baby formula to select?

Check if the formula contains all of the nutrients necessary(calcium, extra iron, Vitamin A, C, B12, etc.) for healthy growth. Some parents prefer an organic diet for their babies. The organic formula protects the immune system and has Omega-3 which is good for brain development.

The brightest representatives on the organic market are European HiPP and Holle brands. In order to get organic EU certified, the trademark has to be checked a little stricter than, for example, in the US. Both HiPP and Holle are EU-certified organic. Each formula designed by HiPP and Holle contains all the needed nutrients to support and strengthen infant health.

How do you know when it’s feeding time?

It is best to feed your baby whenever it shows signs of hunger – it includes sucking on fists, moving the head from side to side, and sticking out the tongue. Newborns need to be fed at least 8-12 times a day, which is approximately every three hours (the time is counted from the beginning of one feeding to the beginning of the next). The last hunger cue is crying and it is recommended to calm the baby down before starting with the food. So try to feed your little one before it cries. When a baby is full it can close its mouth or turn away from the bottle.

How much formula for newborn per feeding?

Every baby has a unique feeding schedule. Do not force a baby to finish a bottle if it seems full. The stomach of a tot is tiny so a kid requires quite a little portion. It is common for babies to go through growth spurts in the ages of 2, 3, and 6 weeks and at 3 and 6 months again. So you will have to be ready for extra feedings at these times.

The calculation of the amount of the formula is made on the actual body weight by the caloric method – 115 kcal/kg during the first 6 months of life. However, at the same time, the amount of nutrition in a child at the age of 3 months should not exceed 850 ml per day, 4 months – 900 ml, and after 5 months – 1000 ml.

How to select the type of bottle teats?

Bottle teats come in different flow rates. For healthy, term infants, choose a slow flow teat. The slow flow of each brand can be labeled differently (e.g. “newborn”, “stage 1”, “0+ months”, “slow flow”). Milk should drip from the teat at a rate of approximately 1 drop per second. If it drips faster, it may be difficult for your baby to cope with the flow of milk. You may need to experiment to find the bottle and teat that your baby likes.

Can the infant formula be made on tap water?

It is not recommended to use tap water to make formula for your baby because it is usually not sterile and may contain too much salt (sodium) or sulfate.

What if a baby is fed by different formulas?

In no case, you should mix two different infant kinds of milk in one bottle, even from the same manufacturing company. However, there are situations when a pediatrician appoints a baby for medicinal purposes, in addition to the main one and an extra formula.

What devices are needed for feeding?

You have to carefully prepare for bottle-feeding. You will need bottles, brushes, bottle and teat brushes, and a warmer. Make sure you choose the best accessories for your child. Having spare parts is also helpful in case you lose some accessories.

What should you do after feeding ends?

You cannot immediately get the baby to sleep, you need to hold it upright to help it burp with a light pat on the back. A bottle-fed kid also has to be supplemented with fresh baby water. The water temperature is 26-30°C. Water is given 20 minutes after a meal in a clean, sterilized bottle. 

When to stop feeding baby formula?

There are baby formulas on the market labeled 1, 2, 3, 4 which means for which age the formula is suitable. It is not necessary to complete formula feeds as soon as possible. There is no such clear line after which you cannot feed your little one with formula. Usually, the withdrawal from the formula occurs smoothly, for each baby individually. The minimum age up to which it is desirable to feed with an adapted milk formula is 1 year.

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