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1: Let someone else do the feeding
Although a bottle is designed to replicate a breast, your baby places her mouth on a bottle differently and sucks it differently. If you are transitioning from breastfeeding to bottle feeding, ask someone else to give your baby the first few bottles, instead of doing it yourself. Initially your baby will associate your smell with breastfeeding, so being close to you may confuse her and make it more difficult for her to adjust to the bottle.
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2: Timing is everything
Introduce the bottle to your baby a little earlier than his normal feeding time. If you start at the normal feeding time, when your baby is hungry, and the process doesnt go smoothly, your baby will become frustrated much more easily.
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3: Bottle time does not mean alone time
Never leave your baby alone with a propped-up bottle. Not only is this a choking hazard, but it has other negative effects, like an increased chance of tooth decay, ear infections and more.
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4: Dont go crazy with bottle sterilizing
Place glass bottles and nipples in boiling water for five minutes after buying them. This process should be done before using them to feed your baby. After the initial sterilization, you dont need to do it again. Just rinse dirty bottles and nipples with soap and water, but make sure not to leave any soapy residue inside the bottles. You can also run them through a dishwasher.
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5: Avoid the microwave
To warm a bottle, fill a container with warm water and place the bottle in the water for a few minutes. Test the milk on the inside of your wrist to make sure it isnt too hot. Its never a good idea to warm your babys milk in a microwave. Microwaves heat liquids unevenly, so a hot spot in the milk could seriously burn your babys mouth.
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6: Dont be fooled by formula gimmicks
If you decide to feed your little one formula, you will soon find there is a wide array of choices out there. You should be aware, though, that it doesnt matter if a formula is powdered, concentrated or pre-mixed. The only difference between the three types is price. If you buy powdered or concentrated formula, wash your hands before preparing your babys bottle.
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7: You can still bond with a bottle
Who says you cant continue to have bonding time when you switch to bottle-feeding? Get rid of distractions during feeding time. Look into your babys eyes and stroke her cheeks. This can still be an incredibly intimate moment between your child and you.
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8: Some plastic bottles contain BPA
Recently, it was discovered that polycarbonate plastic bottles release BPA into milk being stored in those bottles when they reach 175 degrees Fahrenheit. BPA can cause serious health problems in an infant. To be on the safe side, buy bottles that are made of glass or are labeled BPA-free plastic.
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9: Burps matter
Although breastfed babies need to be burped, too, bottle-fed babies need it more. Babies who drink from bottles are more likely to take in a lot of air during a feeding. Burp your baby after every 2 to 3 oz. he drinks.
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10: Change takes time
If you have a specific date in mind for getting your baby to take the bottle (maybe youre going back to work), then be sure to start the transition two weeks ahead of time. A baby needs time to get used to this change and master the bottle-feeding skill.