Breastfeeding is recommended as the best food for a baby for at least the first six months. However, if the baby needs to be bottle-fed – here are some tips:
Fill the kettle with tap water, then boil it. Allow the water to cool until lukewarm.
Pour the lukewarm, boiled water into a sterile bottle to the specified level.
Using the scoop provided, measure the exact amount of powder. Level off with a clean, dry knife. Add the powder to the water, following the instructions on the packet.
Once the powder is in, screw on the teat and then place the cap on the bottle. Shake it until the powder is dissolved. Drop a little milk onto your wrist to ensure it is no hotter than lukewarm.
Sit comfortably and cradle your baby in your arms with his head semi-upright. Keep the bottle tilted so that the teat is full of milk - this will also stop him taking in air, and may help to reduce colic.
If the teat flattens during the feed, gently draw it out of your baby's mouth to release the vacuum before continuing.
Burp your baby if he stops for a rest, or wait until he's had enough milk. Do this by gently rubbing his back. Never reheat an unfinished bottle of milk - always throw any leftover milk away.
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