Body heat, eye contact and speech make feeding a pleasant experience for the very little ones. Then it’s time to do a “little farm”.
A Good Sitting Posture is Important
It is best to sit in a comfortable chair with armrests or in a corner of the sofa and hold the baby slightly seated in your arms. It can be even more comfortable with a footstool. Your child’s head should rest in the crook of their elbows. Babies always like to have their hands free so they can reach for the bottle themselves. Eye contact is also important: when your child receives the bottle, they don’t just want to cuddle up and feel your body heat. It also wants to look at you and interact with you in this way. Take your child alternately in their right and left arms to stimulate their two sides equally.
The Vacuum Cleaner Has To Be Right
Drinking from the bottle requires a different technique than from the breast. The conditions should be similar, however, because babies like to suckle. Therefore, the shape of the nipple and the size of the nipple hole are important. It should only be so large that one drop per second drips out of the bottle held downwards. If the teat hole is too large, babies usually drink too quickly and swallow too much air. To prevent your baby from swallowing too much air, you should also hold the bottle in your hand at an angle and the teat should always be filled with food.
Your Child Determines The Length and Number of Meals
In general, babies will drink their bottles in around ten to 15 minutes. Impatient people may be faster, but with all their haste they swallow more air. In general, a bottle meal should last as long as a breastfeeding meal. If you can interrupt the meal without screaming too much, a little peasant in between is very good. Like breast milk, pre-food can be fed as required, i.e. in many small portions – depending on the baby’s hunger pangs. Don’t push your baby to finish the bottle. You would just overfeed and strain it. Also, keep in mind that hunger isn’t the only reason babies whine and cry. Often they are simply looking for physical closeness or activity.
A “Peasant” Relieved
When the bottle is empty, it is best to put your baby on the shoulder with a burp cloth. Most of the time the peasant comes out quite noisily, sometimes at the same time with some cracked milk. This is not vomiting. Some babies make several bulges – depending on how much air they have swallowed. Babies usually want to rest after meals, especially in the first few weeks of life. Lay your child on their back to sleep . New findings show that babies lying on their backs are no more at risk from food that might come up again than if they were lying on their side.
The Milk Bottle is Not For “Self-Service”
When a child can hold the bottle alone, parents often find it great when they can leave the milk bottle to their child. You can put it in the bouncer, for example, and let it suckle on its own. But babies don’t think that’s great – they would much rather sit on their lap, be held and be told something. But there is another reason why you shouldn’t give your baby the milk bottle for “self-service”: This way, they don’t get used to constant and often uncontrolled sucking, which – even with baby formula – can cause tooth decay