Thursday, December 15, 2011
The ABC's about bottle feeding expressed milk
Baby Bottle Nipples
There are two things most nipples are made from. One is silicone the other is latex and they come in various shapes. They also have different "flow rates," which correspond to the size of the nipple's hole. The flow rate will correspond with your babies age and or the way he/she eats.
2. Make sure you sterilize all your bottles
When using your bottles for the first time, sterilize them in a pot of boiling water for 5- 10 minutes. washing bottle after that initial sterilization is easy.. you can soak the bottles and nipples with detergent and hot water, or in the dishwasher.
3. Breast Milk or Formula that's it!
Avoid water or juice in a bottle. Your baby really only needs pumped breast milk or formula. For folks who are intermixing formula with breastfeeding, make sure your reading the directions carefully.
4. Warming Expressed Milk
Remember never to put your breast-milk in the microwave... it'll kill all the nutrients! Rather take your frozen milk and place it in warm water and let it thaw that way.
5. Avoid overfeeding...
A few signs that your baby is done eating will be: They will turn away from the bottle, stop sucking, or may even refuse the bottle and push it away. Once the baby starts to give you these signs, he/she is most likely finished.
6.How Long Can You Store Breast Milk?
Here are some general guidelines from La Leche League
- at room temperature (66-78°F, 19-26°C) for 4 hours (ideal), up to 6 hours (acceptable)(Some sources use 8 hours)
- in a refrigerator (<39°F, <4°C) for 72 hours (ideal); up to 8 days (acceptable)
- in a freezer (-0.4 to -4°F, -18 to -20°C) for 6 months (ideal) up to 12 months (acceptable)