Recommendations for giving formula milk to the baby
If you choose to feed the baby with formula milk, it is the doctor or pediatrician who must recommend what type of milk to use.
- To prepare formula milk, we must follow the manufacturer's preparation instructions exactly. If more water is added, the baby will not receive the necessary food and if more formula is added it could cause diarrhea or the baby would be consuming more calories than necessary.
- Before starting we must wash our hands.
- You should use bottled or boiled water, preferably at room temperature so that it dissolves well. If we boil the water, it should be left in the boiling process for at least 5 minutes.
- We must always check the temperature of the milk before giving it to the baby, as it can be very hot and we can burn the baby. The best way to do it is by putting a few drops on our forearm.
- It is not necessary to heat the water, babies can drink milk at room temperature. This facilitates the logistics and routine of caregivers.
- The prepared milk should be consumed immediately, if not consumed, we can store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. If it is not consumed within this time it should be discarded.
- To remove the cold from milk that has been stored in the refrigerator, it is recommended to remove the milk an hour in advance or put the bottle in hot water for a while until it reaches room temperature.
Milk should not be heated directly on the stove or in the microwave.
- We must ensure that all bottles, pacifiers and bottle elements are clean and sterilized. We must initially wash all the elements with hot tap water and dishwasher detergent and rinse with hot water. To sterilize, place the utensils in boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes. We can choose to use microwave or electric sterilizers.
- We should avoid using glass bottles as they may break.
- When we offer the bottle we must tilt our baby in a semi-upright position to avoid choking or ear infections. The baby should not be fed in a lying position on his back. The milk must completely cover the nipple of the bottle to prevent air from entering when feeding. We stimulate the baby's sucking reflex by touching the lower lip or cheek with the suck of the bottle, we wait for him to open his mouth and we introduce the bottle, verifying that it has a good grip so that as little air as possible enters.