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Baby Formula Feeding

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Although nothing truly duplicates breast milk, modern formulas are a good second best. If you choose to supplement breastfeeding, try to wait until your baby is 3-4 weeks old so your milk supply is well-established.

The moments when you're giving your baby a bottle are wonderful times to feel close and to get to know each other. And your baby's father, as well as other family members, can do some of the feeding right from the start, or whenever you decide to supplement or switch. Be sure that each feeding has the same amount of closeness, cuddles, and coos as it would have if you were nursing. Hold your baby's head at a slightly elevated angle and keep the bottle held up so she doesn't suck in a lot of air.

Choosing the Right Formula
You can be assured that infant formulas are made to meet your baby's nutritional needs, very much like breast milk, on which they're modeled. Most formulas are modified cows' milk, and all standard brands are very similar. Unless your provider tells you otherwise, pick one that is fortified with iron.

Formulas come in three types of preparations:

  • Ready-to-feed (the most expensive)
  • Liquid concentrate (less expensive)
  • Powder (the most economical)

Not surprisingly, the ones that save time and effort are the most expensive. But if mixed properly, they are all the same. Read the directions carefully each time you mix up formula. Mix it exactly according to directions. Avoid making up bottles in the middle of the night when you're sleepy, or at times when you're distracted.

Water and Formula

You don't need to use bottled water in your baby's formula unless there's a problem with your water supply. Check with your health care provider and with your local water utility about your water if you have any questions. Many municipalities will issue a notice if water is unfit for babies or pregnant women. After they're 6 months old, babies also need fluoride. Bottled water may not contain any, and your water supply may or may not have adequate quantities. Your health care provider can tell you if your baby needs extra fluoride beyond what is used for formula preparation.

 
 
 

 
 
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