With so much said and discussed about bottle feeding, new parents may find themselves overwhelmed and confused when it comes to feeding their babies.
Transitioning from breastfeeding to bottle can be a tricky process, but don’t worry! We’ve listed down some of the most common problems faced when bottle feeding along with tips on how to overcome those.
Majority of infants upchuck during or after feeding because their digestive systems are still gradually developing. Sometimes, they may drink up too fast causing their stomachs to expand too quickly. While this may end up staining your favourite shirt, regurgitation isn’t something you should be worried about.
To avoid spit-ups, give your baby a smaller feeding at a time. Change to a slower nipple so that the milk comes out slower from the bottle and can be more easily consumed. It is also a good idea to switch to a brand of formula milk that reduces Spit-up.
After a feeding, hold the baby in an upright position and try not to bounce her. Burping her simultaneously will also help ease the baby.
Baby drinks too slowly
While babies are born with a natural sucking reflex, they are often unable to suck effectively at the start. This is usually very common in babies born prematurely, although even full-term babies may take a while to adjust.
If the slow drinking continues for longer, though, you should change to a faster nipple that would allow more milk to come out from the bottle at a time.
Sometimes, babies are just uncomfortable in their position despite being equipped with the right type of bottle. Stimulate your baby by tickling her cheeks and rubbing her feet to see if she responds positively. Also keep changing her position every few minutes so that she feels comfortable bundled up.
One common occurrence when bottle feeding is having your baby doze off midway. Discourage this by changing her feeding schedule or her nap time. It is absolutely necessary that your baby does not skip feedings because of her sleeping habit so you will need to try to actively change that.
Look out for signs that she’s sleeping lightly so that you may wake her up to feed her. The warmer they are bundled up, the more often do babies fall asleep soundly. When a feeding is due in a while and your baby wants to take a nap, dress her lightly in loose clothing. Simulating the baby by light caressing also helps wake her up for her feeding.