AT Home with Jo Frost - July 2011 - (Page 74)

| formula feeds| Hitting the bottle S ince the message that breast is best is drummed into new mums, many who bottle-feed often feel guilty about their decision. But they shouldn’t. It’s important to remember that this decision is entirely personal and new mums have to make the right choice for themselves and their baby. Perhaps you are one of the many women who feel guilty about bottle-feeding, but there are several reasons why you might take this option, and your baby will thrive on formula milk. • One advantage of bottle-feeding is that your partner will be able to help. This is especially useful at night, when you can have more of a well-earned rest. • Bottle-feeding your baby will require more equipment than if you breastfeed and it’s vital that it is all properly sterilised so there’s no risk of infection. •You will need to wash and sterilise the teats and bottles every time you use them. There are three types of steriliser – steam, microwave or sterilising solution – or you can boil the bottles and teats in a saucepan for 10 minutes before you use them. Although breastfeeding is the ideal start for your baby, not all new mums can master it. But don’t worry – you can feed your child in the knowledge that bottle-feeding does have some advantages How much? Making up the bottles Equipment You will need to buy: • at least six bottles • at least six teats • formula milk (powdered cow’s milk) • sterilising equipment • bottle and teat brush. Be comfortable Bottles and teats Watch your baby while she is feeding and if she is making lots of noise, she may be taking in too much air, which will make her windy. Hold your baby at a 45º angle and tilt the bottle so that the teat and neck are always filled with formula. Always sit with your baby while you are feeding her, otherwise there is a risk she might choke. There are a bewildering number available and many mums will try a few before they find one that their baby is happy with. It’s worth experimenting if you have a fussy feeder. Cleaning and hygiene Make sure your bottles are washed properly by cleaning them with a bottle brush after use. It’ll prevent milk deposits, which harbour bacteria, from being left on the bottle. ✱ THe FIrST ScIenTIFIc BreAST MIlk SUBSTITUTe WAS InvenTeD In 1867 074 | july 2011 words: GeorGina maric and kate yelland | photoGraph: Getty imaGes You will need to use formula milk and it’s important that you follow the instructions on the packet carefully. Use boiled water which has been left to cool for no longer than half an hour. Fill the bottle to the marked level, then measure the milk powder with the scoop provided. Use a knife to level off the scoop, but avoid packing the powder down. Add this to the water in the bottle. Put the teat and cover on and then shake well. The Department of Health and the Food Standards Agency advise that feeds are made up fresh. If you do need to prepare a feed for later, they suggest that freshly boiled water is kept in a sealed flask and fresh formula milk is made up when required. In the early weeks, it’s important to guide your baby, but she should establish her own feeding pattern after a couple of months. Offer her the bottle every two to three hours at first, or when she seems hungry. Until your baby reaches about 4.5kg, she’ll probably take 30-90ml per feeding. Talk to your health visitor if you’re worried about your baby’s weight or think she’s not getting enough formula or having too much.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Jo Frost - July 2011

EDITOR’S LETTER
HELLO FROM JO FROST
NOTEBOOK NEWS
JAM-PACKED JULY
FAMILY FORTUNES
OUT AND ABOUT
MUNCH BUNCH
LET’S PARTY!
TOP TOOLS
EXTREME PARENTAL GUIDANCE
FIRST-TIME MUMS
ROUTINE CHECKS
YEAR ONE
MAGNIFICENT MILESTONES
GETTING ABREAST OF IT
BOTTLE IT UP
GREEN BABY
SKIN SOLUTIONS
SLEEPLESS NIGHTS
GOING SOLID
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
BABY ON THE MOVE
FASHION FORWARD
BREAK THE HABIT
SIBLING WARS
BOOK SMART
BEST BEDROOMS
FOOD FOES
UNDER THE WEATHER
PERFECT PLAY
TOP OF YOUR GAME
TRENDY TOTS
GET READY FOR SCHOOL
ACTING THEIR AGE
MAKE SCHOOL COOL
ALL GROWN UP?
CYBER SPACE
IMAGE CONSCIOUS
LOVE YOUR LUNCHBOX
I DO IT MY WAY
THE BIG PICTURE
BACK TO WORK
JOB QUEST
CAREER WITH KIDS
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF...
NURSERY TALES
BODY BOOST
PET PROUD
KIDS’ STUFF
FAMILY FUN
HAPPY HOLIDAYS
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
COMING SOON
HELP ME NANNY JO!
SAFETY FIRST
WOW FACTOR
CRAFT CORNER
HOT OFFERS
STOCKISTS

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