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Much like breastfeeding, deciding to formula feed your child comes with its own source of hardships, triumphs, and guidelines for success. If you aren’t familiar with it, bottle feeding may seem like an incredibly easy task. And while the actual process of mixing up formula isn’t too difficult, finding the right products and understanding the do’s and dont’s of formula feeding can be stressful enough to keep new parents up at night.
Firstly, it is incredibly important to understand that neither breastfeeding nor bottle feeding has to be an all or nothing situation. Sure, many parents find something that works for their baby and stick with it, but you should always take into account the fact that what works for one family may not be ideal for another.
Formula can be used as your main source of feeding or as a supplement to be used along with breastfeeding. If you are choosing to introduce formula to a breastfed baby to be used on a regular basis or to use the two interchangeably you should follow these simple, but important, rules:
- You baby may refuse the bottle at first but it is important not to give up too right away.
- Feed your baby held in an upright position for 10-20 minutes at a time. This will not only help mimic the breastfeeding experience but allow your baby to learn time cues for satiation as well. Ensuring that their systems learn to recognize the signs of fullness without overeating.
- In the beginning, scheduled feedings won’t always work out the way you want them to. Instead of rigidly enforcing feeding times, go by your child’s hunger cues.
- Be sure not to allow your child to guzzle from the bottle. Maintain a bottle feeding rhythm that is pretty close and consistent to breastfeeding. While bottle feeding, you should make pauses pretty frequently, these pauses resemble a mother’s let-down periods. This simple act keeps your baby from developing rigid preferences or experiencing nipple confusion.
- Don’t force your baby to finish a bottle if they show signs of being finished. Releasing the nipple or falling asleep are both signs of satiation.
- If you are interchanging breastfeeding and bottle feeding, avoid mixing the two in the same bottle. You can definitely follow one right after the other, even during the same feeding, but mixing the two can lead to a lot of needless waste.
- Keep a close eye on your baby’s diapers after you introduce formula feeding. If you notice any blood in their vomit or stool, pause formula feeding and consult your doctor as this could be a sign of growing milk intolerance.
The rules are all pretty simple. All they really require is a close eye and lots of love, two things that you already give your baby anyway! The only thing left, is choosing the right formula to keep your little one satisfied. There are tons of options out there, which makes it super hard to make a decision. Naturally, you want only the best for your baby, and that is exactly why we recommend Parent’s Choice®. Filled with all of the nutrients available in other name brands, Parent’s Choice® offers the best possible formulas at a fraction of the cost.
Their amazing products include:
- Value Size 35oz- Makes 65, 4 oz. bottles
- Clinically proven to support growth and development
- Value Size 35oz
- Suitable for babies 6-12 months
- Available in Value Size 33.2oz – Makes 59, 4oz bottles
- For fussiness & gas
- Available in Value Size 33.2oz – Makes 60, 4 oz. bottles
- For fussiness, gas and crying
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