Feeding Bottle Buying Guide

Dos and Don'ts of Bottle Feeding


Being a wise mother, you will always seek to breastfeed your infant for its inherent nutritional antibody values. However, you need to count on bottle feeding as the next best alternative, because of its multiple pros. Here are some dos and don'ts of bottle feeding: While Buying
Dos
  • Check for the bottle material before buying any model. Some plastic feeding bottles run the risk of chemical hazards. According to the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)5, the materials used to manufacture plastic feeding bottles should not cause any health hazards in babies and should not contain Bisphenol A (BPA).
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  • If you prefer glass feeding bottles, use silicone sleeves to safeguard the bottle from breakage due to any mishandling.
  • Check if the bottle comes with a temperature guide. This will prevent over-heating while sterilization or pouring the milk.
  • Check for the markings on the bottle and ensure that they are in units that you understand. If not, spending time in conversions can irritate you while preparing the bottle every time.
  • Check for any breakage, hairline cracks or any other damage on the surface of the bottle or the nipple.
  • Check if the bottle and nipple are not too old, by ensuring that they are well within their expiry date.
  • Check for the nipple material and ensure that it is appropriate for your little one's gentle gums.
Don'ts
  • Avoid buying nipples with faster milk flow, especially when your child is new to bottle feeding. It is better to start with the slower flow rate nipple for a few days before moving on to a quicker flowing nipple.
  • Avoid buying plastic bottles. If you do, make sure the material is BPA-free. Plastic bottles need to be regularly changed because the material deteriorates overtime.
  • Avoid buying second-hand bottles or nipples.You never know how their previous owner has treated them, and you certainly don't
    want any complications to arise for your child because of their misuse.
While Using
Dos
  • Sterilize the feeding bottle regularly, along with its significant accessories like nipples and pacifiers. Use specially designed brushes particularly meant for this purpose. Also, use a good liquid soap for appropriate internal cleaning.
  • Have at least two bottles in surplus and keep them readily filled with the requisite dose of milk, so your young one never has to wait when hungry.
  • Check if the milk to be fed is appropriately warm for your baby, by dropping a few drops on the back of your palm.
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Don'ts
  • Don't leave the baby alone during bottle feeding. Although babies can hold the bottle after a few months, they need to be completely monitored so as to eliminate chances of choking.
  • Don't hold the bottle at the bottom—it may easily slip out. Instead, hold it tight, somewhere in the middle or right below the cap.
  • Don't retain the leftover, if your baby hasn't finished entire quantity of milk in the bottle. Dispose it off.
  • Re-heated milk is not sterile and can be perilous to the baby.
  • Don't touch the bottle nipple with bare hands after sterilizing it.
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