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Learning to prepare feeds

Preparing your child's feed is not complicated, and the following are several tips that will ease the process.

Hygiene is essential. First step, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Then comes sterilizing the bottle for five to ten minutes in boiling water.

The bottle or cup is prepared just before your child needs to be fed. For his health, follow the instructions indicated by your brand of milk formula on how it should be prepared.

 

Bottle or cup temperature

Always check the temperature of the milk before giving the bottle or cup to your child: if it’s too hot, it could burn your child. To check the temperature, pour a drop on the inside of your wrist, which is a particularly sensitive area.

 

Bottle or cup feeding

When preparing to feed your child a bottle or cup, be sure you are seated quietly and comfortably, such as in a chair with armrests. The correct position for him is recumbent, and in the crook of your arm. Use a pillow if you or your child needs help with positioning.

The bottle should be held slightly inclined so that there is no air in the teat. If there are bubbles in the bottle, loosen the ring.

When your child starts to suckle, follow his pace. Some like to take breaks and have a small burp during feeding, while others do not. Pay attention to his facial expressions, little noises or movements. These are his way of communicating with you. Use this time to give him soft caresses and talk to him in a gentle tone.

 

When your child is done

When your child is finished he will let you know. If he has not finished the feed, do not overly encourage him to finish it. Remove the bottle or cup and hold him against you, head slightly above your shoulder. Gently pat him on the back to help him burp - removing any air bubbles he might have swallowed. If your child is not burping, keep him in an upright position for about 10 minutes to assist him in getting any gas out.

If he does not finish the feed and seems to be satisfied, throw away the rest of the milk and wash the bottle or cup in hot soapy water, with the help from a brush. The bottle or cup is then ready to be sterilized again.