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Baby Formula Feeding 101

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As a mom, you want to make sure your baby is healthy. To do this, it needs the best nutrition that you, as a mom, can offer your little darling.

It is generally known that breast feeding is the best form of baby nutrition. But not every mum can exclusively breastfeed.

For some mothers, the milk they produce is not enough to completely take care of their babies.

Others may also prefer to feed their baby with the bottle or simply cannot because of their health.

No matter what the reason, sometimes you need formula feeding, to ensure sufficient and well-balanced nutrition.

Check out the infant formula and responsive bottle feeding chart by UNICEF for further information.

 

What different kinds of formulas are there?

You can find a multitude of different suppliers of baby formulas in supermarkets, pharmacies, and baby specialty shops.

Then you stand there, having no idea what to buy for your little darling.

Powder formula vs. ready-to-use formula

Powder Formula Ready-to-use Formula
Reasonable priced Higher price then powder formula
Most common Mostly available in separate bottles
Mixing it by yourself No preparation needed

Both powder and ready to use formulas are available in milk-based, non-milk-based, and soy form.

Pediatricians recommend a milk-based baby food to familiarize the baby with animal protein. A renunciation can lead to incompatibilities later on.

However, if your baby has congenital lactose intolerance, you will have to resort to lactose-free baby formula.

NameImageAgeTypeRating (out of 5)
Gerber Good Start GentlePro0-12 MonthsPowder
Milk Based
4.9
Enfamil NeuroPro Ready to Feed0-12 MonthsReady-to-use
Milk Based
4.7
Similac Pro-Advnce Non-GMO0-12 MonthsPowder
Milk Based
4.6
Earth’s Best Organic Dairy Infant Formula0-12 MonthsPowder
Milk Based
4.4
Love & Care Sensitivity0-12 MonthsPowder
Milk Based
Reduced Lactose
4.4
Similac Pro-Sensitive for lactose sensitive babies0-12 MonthsPowder
Milk Based
4.6
Enfamil Enspire Baby Formula0-12 MonthsPowder
Milk Based
4.4
Similac Pro Advanced Bottles0-12 MonthsReady-to-use
Milk Based
4.6
Enfamil Neuro Pro Genlease0-12 MonthsReady-to-use
Milk Based
4.4
Enfamil Nutramigen HA0-12 MonthsPowder
Lactose Free
4.6

How to prepare the formula?

Every purchased baby formula has a detailed formula feeding chart on the back. Based on these instructions, you should prepare the baby bottle.

The amount of powder is based on the weight and age of your little one. You will also find the amount of water to use on the feeding chart.

For mixing the formula, let the boiled water cool down to room temperature before adding the powder to prevent clumping and keeping its nutritional value.

To check, if the mixed formula has the right temperature, spill a few drops on the inside of your wrist. There is the best place to sense if it’s ideal. If the solution’s temperature is barely noticeable on your skin, then it has the right temperature.

A little tip from my pediatrician: If your baby has problems with obstipation, it helps to prepare the baby formula with a little more water than suggested.

As an example the breast milk or formula 1,2,3 feeding chart by Similac.

Age Feedings Amount
Birth-1 week 6-10 2-3 fl oz each
1 week – 1 month 7-8 2-4 fl oz each
1-3 months 5-6 4-5 fl oz each
3-6 months 4-5 6-7 fl oz each
6-9 months 3-4 7-8 fl oz each
9-12 months 3 7-8 fl oz each
Source: Similac

To determine how much baby formula your baby needs, you can also use the Formula Feeding Calculator.

What kind of water should you use for the baby formula?

The water you use for the bottle should be boiled fresh each time. You should avoid boiling the water and storing it in a container, as germs and bacteria quickly develop in such containers. You can stop boiling water from the age of 6 months.

There is also special baby water for formula to buy, which does not need to be boiled.

Here you should consider one thing. For adequate digestion, the formula that your baby drinks should be at body temperature. So you would have to preheat the baby water you bought.

You can save yourself no step if you use the special baby water instead of boiling it. It makes no difference whether you boil the water and let it cool down or warm up the special baby water before feeding.

The only difference is that special baby water costs more than tap water.

However, if you are not allowed to use your existing tap water for reasons such as high heavy metal content or bacteria, you will have to use purchased baby water.

Always wash your hands before preparing baby formula.

How to prepare the ready to use baby formula?

According to the manufacturer, the ready-to-use baby formula does not need to be warmed up.

What you won’t find in the manufacturer’s specifications for the ready-to-use formulas is that the prepared formula should have body temperature. If this is not the case, your baby may experience digestive problems. Food that is below body temperature cannot be properly processed and digested by the baby’s body.

Therefore, I recommend warming the finished baby formula in a water bath or bottle warmer. Warming up the ready-to-use formula in a water bath is also common in hospital-nurseries that only use ready-to-make baby formulas for hygiene reasons.

Proper Baby Formula Storage

Once opened, powder formula should be stored in a sealed container in a coll, dry place.

Do not store unmixed powder in refrigerator.

Avoid extreme temperatures.

Use product within one month.

Once mixed, feed immediately or refrigerate in a sealed container, and use within 24 hours.

See the label for specific instructions.

Do not leave prepared formula at room temperature.

Do not freeze. Doing so can cause the protein and fat to separate.

Store ready to feed formula at room temperature and avoid extreme temperatures.

Do not reuse ready to feed formula bottles.

Protect ready to feed formula bottles from light.

Store ready to feed formula bottles in carton until ready to use.

Simlac

Formula Feeding Tips

The easiest way to feed your baby with the bottle is by placing it on a nursing pillow. You can also hold your baby lying in your arms, but for the duration of feeding, the low weight can become quite heavy over time.

To make it easier for you here, use a nursing pillow. The most common breastfeeding pillows are U-shaped and can be easily placed on your thighs and waist.

Gently place your baby on the nursing pillow in a sloping position. This position reduces the risk of your baby choking.

Your hungry baby probably already has his mouth wide open and is crying. Gently place the bottle’s teat into your baby’s mouth so that the baby’s lips fully enclose it (in the “wide” part of the nipple). Your baby should not only suck at the narrow end at the front, as it cannot drink properly there. The wide part of the teat is also needed that the drinking reflex of your baby is stimulated. This proper bottle feeding technique imitates drinking at the breast with the bottle teat.

Ensure that your baby does not swallow air when the contents of the bottle are slowly running out. So pull the teat out of the mouth in time. Air swallowing during bottle-feeding will cause gastrointestinal discomfort for your baby and will make you both very unhappy.

After your baby has finished drinking, place the baby in an upright position over your shoulder and pat him gently on the back so it can burp.
This allows your baby to burp and release any air that has been accidentally swallowed. If you sense that your baby is getting restless while drinking, you can encourage it to burp in between. Afterward, it can continue drinking in a more relaxed manner.

Which kind of baby bottles should you use?

The first thing to answer is a fundamental question: Glass or Plastic?

For me, glass symbolizes hygiene, purity, cleanliness. That’s why I try to choose glass over plastic whenever possible.

Glass bottles are easier to clean. You can put aside the horrifying thought that something might come loose from the plastic and mix into the baby’s formula. And glass is eco-friendly.

I had my best experiences with the glass baby bottles from MAM. Their bottles are available in two sizes: 170 ml (5.7 fl oz) and 260 ml (8.8 fl oz), including a size one teat.

There was no leakage during the feeding, and because of the size one teat, our little one had to suck correctly to get her milk out of the bottle.

Having a size one teat on the baby bottle is crucial because otherwise, the milk flows into the baby’s mouth and your little darling doesn’t learn to drink properly. At the same time, it swallows a lot of air, which can cause abdominal pain.

You can find a wide range of different and very well-rated baby bottles available from Amazon.

So please don’t switch to a bigger size of bottle teat and stay with the smallest one available!

Your milk flow doesn’t change just because your little one is getting older. Right?

Nursing Pillow

A nursing pillow should not be missing when feeding the baby bottle. It allows you to position your baby correctly and comfortably.
When it comes to buying a nursing pillow, you should make sure that you get one with a removable cover (which can be washed and dried).

It can always happen that your baby drools while drinking, or something goes wrong. It is very annoying if you can’t clean the cover right away correctly. Furthermore, the nursing pillow should be effortless to shape so that you can easily place it around you so that your baby lies comfortably.

Drooler Bibs

Especially at the beginning of feeding the baby bottle, it can happen again and again that some of the mixtures run out of your little darling’s mouth or gets spit out.

To avoid having to change your baby after every feeding and to avoid ugly yellow stains on his/her adorable clothes (which unfortunately do not wash out well), you should have a bib ready at every meal.

It also makes bottle-feeding quite relaxed, as you have something to wipe off at the same time.

Baby Bottle Cleaning

There are many different products to choose from for sterilizing the baby bottles, soothers, and breast pumps.

The old fashion way is to boil them out on your stove. It worked for many generations, and it is an excellent way of sterilizing. But it’s also time-consuming.

Nowadays, most parents are looking for a faster way.

A fast and easy way is to use your microwave for sterilizing or get yourself a stand-alone device.

My recommendation for you is the 3-in-1 electric steam sterilizer from Phillips Avent. I loved it! Because you can insert not only Phillips Avent Baby Bottles, but it’s also suitable for all brands. Since you might not know what your baby’s going to choose for a bottle, it’s incredible to have a device that will fit all brands.

 

 

How to use it?

  • Simply plug it in
  • Fill the tank on the bottom with water
  • Place all the bottles and soothers you want to sterilize inside
  • Close the lid 
  • Turn it on
  • Six minutes later, everything is neat and clean. And it keeps the contents sterile for up to 24 hours if the cover remains unopened.

Nice right?

If there isn’t enough space in your kitchen, the Phillips Avent Microwave Steam Sterilizer Bags might be the right thing. You can use each of the five bags up to 20 times to get up to 100 sterilization cycles.

Baby Formula Feeding when out and about

A great thing if you are on the road for a long time are Formula Dispensers for the baby formula. You can prepare the desired quantities at home in peace, and, in the case of the most common models, you have 4-5 small containers in which you can store the baby powder formula.

I hope this article will help you find suitable products for you and your baby. If you still have any questions, don’t hesitate to write a comment and I will contact you shortly. 🙂

Nora

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