Baby’s feeding bottle preparation requires taking some precautions to determine the right amount of milk required for your baby and to ensure proper hygiene. Discover below how to deal with these moments with peace of mind.
A baby born « full term » eats as needed. It is therefore necessary to respect his appetite, both day and night. Space the feeding bottles at least every three hours, the ideal interval being every four hours. Let baby sleep at night if he does not demand a feed. For babies born prematurely, follow the advice of the paediatrician.
Which feeding bottles should I use use?
Plastic feeding bottles free from BISPHENOL A or glass bottles (buy large 240 ml bottles from the outset).
What water should I use to prepare feeds ?
You can use spring or mineral water suitable for babies. The bottle label should include a logo or state « suitable for food preparation for infants ».
What milk should I use?
Your baby’s milk is « infant formula step 1″ available in supermarkets and chemists. It should be given up to the age of six months. In case of regurgitation, colic or constipation, etc. a specific milk will be recommended by a healthcare professional.From six months, use « infant formula step 2″. Food diversification can begin at around four or five months.
Preparing the bottle
Wash your hands just before preparing the feed. This should be done on a clean work surface. Put in the water then the infant formula in accordance with the rule: one level scoop per 30 ml of water. Shake the bottle thoroughly. Do not prepare in advance but just before its consumption.
How much should I give ?
This depends on the child’s age, weight and appetite. On leaving the hospital, baby drinks around six 60 ml feeding bottles per 24 hours (60 ml of water + 2 scoops of infant formula). From the seventh day, you can offer six feeding 90ml bottles per 24 hours. At about three weeks, move to six 120 ml feeding bottles per 24 hours. At about two months baby drinks around five 150 ml feeding bottles per 24 hours and at about three months, five 180 ml feeding bottles. Do not force baby to finish his feeds.
The daily amount of formula can also be guided by the Appert rule (valid for the first three months): Baby’s weight in grammes / 10 + 200 = average recommended amount of formula in ml per day. Example for a baby of 3500 g: 3500/10 + 200 = 550 ml/day, approximately.
Temperature of the bottle
You can give the bottle at room temperature or you can warm it slightly in a bain-marie or bottle warmer. Shake the bottle hard to homogenise the temperature and check it by pouring a few drops on the inside of your wrist. The use of microwaves is strongly discouraged because of the risk of burns. The feed should be consumed within an hour.
Cleaning the bottle
Once the feed is finished, rinse the bottle with cold water.To clean it by hand, use warm water with suitable washing-up liquid and a bottle-brush. Rinse and dry the dismantled bottle in the open air on a dish rack. In the dishwasher, use a special full cycle (high temperature at 65° C minimum and drying). It is not necessary to sterilize the bottle.