Keeping on top of bottle feeding
When you’re bottle feeding your baby, be it with formula or with expressed milk, it can sometimes feel a little like you’re on a constant treadmill of washing, sterilising and filling the baby bottles. Add in the nappy changes the actual act of feeding the baby, a shower (if you’re lucky) and perhaps a tiny bit of housework and that’s your day as a new mum done!
For formula fed babies, make sure you keep a supply of cooled boiled water handy for bottles. If you wait to boil the water just before your baby needs to be fed, chances are you’ll be spending ten to fifteen minutes trying to cool it down while your baby works itself into hysterics with hunger. If you can stretch the budget to buy enough baby bottles for a 24 hour period, you can pre-fill the bottles with the correct amount of boiled water and keep them in the fridge door with their lids on until you need them. That way you only have to do one bottle wash a day.
Get yourself a bottle warmer to pop the bottle into before feeding your baby. They’re an easy and safe way to make sure milk is at the right temperature, without using a microwave which can destroy the integrity of expressed milk or formula or running the hot water tap over the bottle until the milk is warm.
I personally use Avent bottles with my son. They have been great from his third week when we started to introduce an extra formula feed to put some weight on him, to now at 14 months when he doesn’t drink milk at all and has a bottle of water when he wakes up in the morning. I found them to be not only durable, but conveniently shaped to fit onto daycare backpacks and hand bags.
If you’re expressing, choose an electric or manual breast pump that has a bottle attachment. Breast milk can then be expressed straight to the bottle for that day’s use. This is great as it stops double handling of the breastmilk and there’s less possibility of contamination of the milk.
Make sure you follow directions and recommendations for making up formula, storage of breastmilk and formula, and sterilisation techniques for baby bottles to ensure the safety of your baby and the longevity of your baby bottles.