Are you thinking about formula feeding (bottle feeding) your newborn? Almost all doctors in the world encourage breastfeeding and are strictly against formula milk. Ever wondered what's so harmful about infant formulas? The answer is simple: There is nothing evil about the bottle; but the goodness in breast-milk is totally unmatchable.
If you have decided to (fully or partially) formula feed your newborn baby, make sure you have bought the necessary top-feed accessories.
Many mothers prefer a mix and match of both breastfeeding and bottle feeding techniques. Their reasons may differ from each other according to their circumstances. These instances may be:
Many moms breastfeed their baby during day time and at
night, before putting their newborn to sleep, they prepare a bottle for
him/ her. They do this because breast-milk is digested easily by the
baby's body, and finishing up a milk bottle before bedtime ensures a
relatively sounder sleep due to a fuller tummy. We just derived an equation here:
Happy tummy=happy mummy!
Many working moms however do the opposite. They expect the infant's caregiver or nanny to go for baby formulas till they are at work, and as soon as they enter home, they may prefer to breastfeed. So to sum it up:
When the mummy is away,
the bottles come into play!
If you are already breastfeeding your baby and
suddenly find out that you are pregnant again, your gynecologist will
probably ask you to stop breastfeeding and switch to the baby formulas. So if you are going to have back-to-back newborns, make sure you have a set of formula bottles to back it up.
some women's religious approach, many Muslim women tend to switch to the bottle during the one month Fasting ritual of Ramadan. This is however purely optional and many women still continue to breastfeed during their fasts.
Explore numerous advantages, disadvantages and challenges of feeding from the bottle here.
Bottle Feeding newborn does not just involve a couple of bottles along with powder milk. It brings many other responsibilities, the most important one being sterilizing the baby bottle. This is one thing breastfeeding mothers would never have to worry about, unless they express their breast milk and store them in baby bottles.
If your newborn is born preterm or premature, make sure you buy the formula milk that is specially available in the market for premature babies. It has some additional qualities to help in your baby's growth and development. Read more about choosing the right baby formula for preemies here.
Bottlefeeding newborns can be a lovely experience for dads to connect with their babies. Many dads feel left out during the whole process of birth and prenatal chores (and they don't have a choice), but the good news is that they can have their share of fatherhood by spending some real quality time with their newborns, and moms will love that! It's always nice to have a helping hand around, specially if it's from the better-half.
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