You have decided not to breastfeed or only partially breastfeed your baby to allow Dad to enjoy this moment of intimacy. When should I give her milk in what quantity? It’s time to master the BB of the bottle!
When it comes to welcoming their first child, many mothers are faced with a dilemma: the choice between breast or artificial milk? Know that this is a choice specific to each one that does not upset the relationship between the mother you are and your baby. If you have chosen infant milk, do not feel guilty. All contain the nutritional elements essential for your child’s growth and health!
From birth to his 5th month, your child’s diet is exclusively based on artificial milk and his daily needs are constantly changing.
– From 0 to 1 month, baby drinks on average 50 to 60 ml of milk up to 10 times a day, during the first 2 weeks, then 90 ml in 6 to 8 bottles.
– From 1 to 2 months, he drinks 5 to 6 bottles of 120 to 160 ml,
– From 2 to 3 months, his meals consist of 5 bottles of 150 to 180 ml,
– From 3 to 4 months, 4 bottles of 180 to 210 ml or 5 bottles of 150 to 180 ml,
– From 4 to 5 months, you can give your child 4 bottles of 210 to 240 ml or 5 bottles of 180 ml
– From 6 months, baby drinks about 900 ml in 4 doses.
The majority of early childhood specialists believe that there needs to be flexibility in baby meal schedules, at least during the first few weeks. Rest assured: after the first month, the frequency of his meals should become more regular. Offer him a bottle every two to three hours at first, or when he seems hungry, but don’t wake him up if he’s asleep!
– Wash the bottle with a clean bottle brush, with water and washing-up liquid before first use and after each feeding. Indeed, finished or not, the milk must be discarded because it does not keep.
– Dry the bottle in the open air on a bottle drain for example and wash your hands before taking the bottle.
– For the water-milk powder mixture, refer to the information on the milk powder box. Fill the bottle with mineral water until the prescribed dose is graduated, then use the measuring spoon of the milk can to pour the right dose. Be sure to pass a knife over the measuring spoon so as not to force the dose.
– Shake the bottle well to avoid the formation of lumps by rolling it between your hands. If you heat the bottle, beware of the microwave: the bottle may appear lukewarm to the touch while the milk is hot. Check the temperature in the palm of your hand to prevent this from happening.
– In the event of an outing, you can fill the bottle with the right amount of water and transport the dose of powdered milk separately. The bottle can be reconstituted at the desired time.
|Prefer weakly mineralized mineral water, marked “suitable for preparing infant food”. The easiest way to sterilize the bottle is to use a sterilizer on bottles that have been washed well.|
There are a plethora of bottles, but it is recommended to choose a model that meets the NF 315 standard, guaranteeing their quality and ergonomics. The next step is to choose the material. Glass bottles rarely scratch and do not turn yellow after they have been put in the dishwasher. However, they are heavy and beware of falls. Plastic bottles are light, unbreakable, but quickly cloudy.
What shape to choose? Before buying the baby bottle, do not hesitate to take it in hand in order to choose the model that best suits you. Classic baby bottles are round, but your baby will find it difficult to hold them if he wants independence.
He will appreciate more ergonomic models. Triangular bottles do not slip and are easy to clean. In addition, the angled versions help prevent aerophagia. If you hesitate between small and large bottles, know that it is better to favor the models that contain between 240 and 250 ml. Opt for bottles that have the most visible graduation possible and do not forget to buy a smaller model to give fruit juices to your child when he is a little older.
If your baby seems to have a stomach ache after meals, turn to anti-colic models: some have an S shape to facilitate continuous food intake. Finally, make sure to divide the meals and give him the bottle by placing it as much as possible in the vertical position.
Instant complicity, the bottle feeding must be a moment of calm. Don’t let the phone or TV ringing bother you, and move to a location with low noise. Your baby’s head should be in the crook of your arm and their face should be facing you. Place the pacifier on and not under the tongue and check the inclination of the bottle so that there is no air in the pacifier. Remember to check throughout the meal that the milk is still flowing well. If your baby insistently refuses to drink his bottle, do not insist and especially do not force him. It will probably catch up with the next meal!
With each bottle, your baby swallows air and the burp allows him to remove the overflow that has accumulated in the upper part of his stomach. To facilitate your child’s digestion, keep him in an upright position, gently leaning against your shoulder. The bottom of the baby’s chin should touch the top of your collarbone. Supporting his buttocks with your forearm, lightly pat his back and walk around the house keeping him in this position. After a few minutes, the long awaited burp should relieve it! If he fidgets and shows some discomfort, take another position. You can then sit it on your lap, leaning slightly forward, leaning on your hand. A few taps on his back will overcome his discomfort.