How to bottlefeed
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are lots of pressures on mothers to bottlefeed.
Milk formulas are commercial products, so there is advertising,
attractive packaging and so on.
milk powder companies will give away free samples in
hospitals. Remember, if you take one of these, prepare
for a lot of expense in the long run. If you give your
baby free milk powder in the early days, it can be hard
to start breastfeeding later. Whilst the sample may
be free, in the future you will have to buy lots more
powdered milk. In some countries, there are now very
strong laws to stop milk companies from giving away
free samples in hospitals and clinics.
People from the milk powder companies also sometimes
wear white coats when they visit new mothers.
This can be confusing these people may be nurses but
if they work for a milk powder company they will try
and encourage mothers to use these products.
Some mothers talk of pressures from inside their family
to bottlefeed. Sometimes mothers are told that their
baby is not growing fast enough or or that a mother's
breasts are too small to breast feed.
If a mother is told these things, the stress can actually
make her produce less breastmilk.
Some women say they're told that bottlefeeding is fashionable
and done by all the mothers in rich countries. In fact,
most women in the rich countries know all about the
importance of breastfeeding and bottlefeeding is certainly
not fashionable anymore.
is extremely important. Everything that comes into contact
with baby's feed must not only be washed, it must be
sterilized every time it is used. Sterilized means free
from bacteria (dirt that is too small to see). The tiniest
trace of bacteria, or milk from an earlier feed, can
make baby ill, sometimes seriously.
Sterilising tablets can be used. Otherwise, it is important
to sterilize everything by boiling for half an hour,
making sure that everything is under the water.
Salt can also help in cleaning the teats but, if you
use it, every trace must be washed off. The holes in
the teats must be kept at exactly the right size. The
equipment - bottles, teats, jugs, spoons and so on -
must be boiled, even when they are new from the shop.
Sometimes, babies get given the bottle to hold. If you
do that, you can give baby a stomach illness, because
it's impossible to make sure the bottle stays clean.
very important to use exactly the right amount of powder;
too little and the baby may be malnourished, too much
and you may damage your child's kidneys, two of the
most important internal organs.
The water used must be absolutely clean, and boiled
to make sure that it is sterile. It must be served at
the right temperature, in a way that will work for our
baby, and it must be available, fresh, whenever a baby
is hungry. That can be many times a week, day and night.
Many bottlefeeding mothers use a fridge to help them
prepare feeds to last a whole day. Some mothers use
ready mixed milk. Remember that ready mixed milk can
be especially expensive - but to give formula milk at
all cannot be done cheaply.
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