There are times when a mother knows when it’s time to wean her baby off of breast feeding, and begin bottle feeding with formula milk. After breast feeding, your baby may begin drinking formula milk from a baby bottle, but the mother have to start practicing with the baby by going back and forth with breast feeding and bottle feeding until the baby is totally on formula milk. Some mothers stop breast feeding when the baby is about 10-12 months of age or longer.
The benefits of breast milk for babies are:
- Fewer problems with constipation, colic, allergies, common colds and diarrhea.
- Protects your baby from potential ear infections, and other infections.
- Lowers the risk of getting thrust mouth infection.
- It’s easier for your baby’s digestion tract.
Bottle feeding with formula
Most babies are formula fed until they are the ages of 11-15 months. When feeding your infant formula milk you would need to warm the milk by putting the baby bottle in a large cup of hot water until it is warm. Some parents test the bottle’s temperature on their inner wrist area to see if the milk is cold, hot, or warm. Avoid feeding your baby hot milk or cold milk, the milk has to be warm for them to drink.
Cold milk can cause the baby to get a stomach ache and other problems. Hot milk can cause the baby to burn their tongue and mouth. This is why warm milk is better to use for your baby, also warm milk can help the baby to sleep better.
- Ask your pediatrician (baby doctor) which type of formula to use for our baby.
- Most formulas have to be mixed with 8-15 ounces of water, see formula instructions on label.
- When mixing formula use bought bottled water from the grocery store, or boil your tap water to purify it.
- Wash all baby bottle parts in hot soapy water.
- Avoid letting baby drink the bottle alone lying down, hold your baby while bottle feeding.
- Feeding time for infants is 15-25 minutes, avoid over feeding your baby.
- Some babies can be fed baby cereal mixed with formula at the ages of 5-11 months.
Always check with your child’s pediatrician when being concerned about their feeding habits. After your child is no longer being fed by the bottle, they will be ready to start on soft baby foods and some solid foods. But avoid giving a baby or toddler solid foods that can cause them to choke such as, carrots, popcorn, raw vegetables and fruit, hot dogs and other meats, nuts and other hard foods.
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