Tips on Bottle Feeding Baby
One of the best advantages of breastfeeding is the skin-to-skin contact that the mother and baby enjoy. This can also be applied when bottle feeding baby (and dad gets to do it too!). Holding your baby against a bare chest while bottle feeding can enhance bonding.
Of course, sometimes breastfed babies take a bottle too—either with pumped milk or formula. Experts recommend first offering a breastfed baby a bottle anywhere from 2-6 weeks after birth.
Here are a few tips about how to bottle feed baby:
- Sterilize the bottle and the nipple before feeding baby bottle (hot water and soap will work just fine).
- Never prop a bottle up when feeding baby bottle.
- Never use a microwave to heat breast milk or formula (it's not necessary to heat the milk as long as it's at room temperature).
- Don't feed your baby a bottle while she is lying down.