If you are bottle feeding your infant, it is vital that you follow the correct method to ready the baby milk formula and are particular about hygiene and cleanliness.
Since, bottle feeding will be your baby’s source of nutrition, it is important that you pay particular attention to this very important activity of your parenting routine.
This article includes basic guidelines you need to follow while preparing to bottle feed your baby.
Before you begin preparing the baby formula, wash or wipe all surfaces you will be making using of, including sink and counter-tops. Now, thoroughly wash your own hands with a disinfectant soap and then proceed to handle all baby supplies.
Wash and rinse your baby bottles with a mild washing soap. Use a bottle brush to clean the edges and hard to reach places in your baby’s bottle. Also, wash and rinse the nipples, measuring spoons, etc thoroughly before use. You may choose to sterilize your baby’s bottle and accessories for added hygiene.
Many formula brands require that you use boiled water to prepare the milk. If this is the case, you must boil water for 5 minutes as boiling for too long can change the mineral concentration of water, making it unsuitable for preparing the formula. Ensure that the boiled water cools down before you pour it in your baby’s bottle.
Before you add the formula powder to water, read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to determine the exact quantities of water and formula to be mixed. Using the correct proportion of water and formula powder is essential because you want your baby to get optimum nutrition and this is possible only if you use the right quantities of water and formula as prescribed by the manufacturer.
Always remember to wipe the can of the baby formula with a wet cloth to prevent any dust or dirt from falling into the can when you open it. Once you mix the prescribed amount of baby formula to the boiled water, thoroughly shake the contents to prevent any lumps in the milk.
Check to see if the temperature of the milk is comfortable for your baby to drink. Lastly, always throw away leftover milk immediately to maintain better hygiene.