If you have decided to bottle feed your child with our goat’s milk powder, there are certain things you should know about the preparation of the infant formula as well as the feeding time. To learn more about bottle feeding with goat’s milk powder, please read our helpful tips below.
Even though toddler bottles may seem like a minor detail right now, choosing the right bottles can make it easier for you to keep bottles sterile when using our goat’s milk powder.
Nowadays, there are bottles in weird shapes and sizes, often decorated with a nice print. However, these bottles can be more difficult to clean. Therefore, it could be better to choose the standard bottle shape and size, without an additional print.
Before you sterilise your bottles, you will need to clean off all remaining goat’s milk formula or goat’s milk powder; this also means making sure that there is no goat’s milk formula left on the print of the bottle, or in one of the corners and bends of a bottle with a strange design. To avoid such problems, it is best to go for a standard bottle with no print.
Keeping bottles sterile is the most important thing about bottle feeding, because babies are more susceptible to illness and bacterial infection. After you have cleaned the bottle, and before you add your goat’s infant formula, you will need to sterilise the bottles. Below, you will find some of the most popular methods to sterilise bottles and ensure there are no bacteria present that could make your child sick.
Cold water sterilising is done with a special sterilising solution; this sterilising solution can be used for a full day but needs to be replaced every 24 hours. Because of the fact the solution needs to be changed every day, it can be one of the more expensive sterilising methods out there. Many parents find the cold-water sterilising solution more efficient, since it is less time consuming than other methods.
While you are using the cold-water sterilising method, make sure there are no air bubbles in the teats or bottles when you place them in the solution. If there are any bubbles present, make sure you remove them to avoid a pile up of bacteria. Also make sure that the bottles and teats do not float to the top during sterilising.
One of the best-known and most traditional methods to sterilise bottles after a feed with goat milk formula is boiling. While it is one of the most inexpensive ways to sterilise bottles and teats, it is a more time-consuming process.
To boil your bottles and teats, you will need a pot that will only be used for sterilising. You will also have to check your bottles and teats before you boil them, because some bottles and teats cannot be boiled. When the bottles and teats are suitable, you need to leave them in the water for at least ten minutes and ensure that all the equipment is fully submerged.
Boiling does increase the chance of damaging your teats and bottles, so be sure to check bottles and teats for damage before you add the goat’s milk formula.
When you use the boiling method, it is best to use the feeding equipment as soon as they have been sterilised. Also, make sure you wash your hands with an antibacterial hand wash before you grab the formula or the feeding equipment.
Another great option to sterilise bottles and teats is the electric sterilising method. Many children’s stores will have such electric sterilisers, so it might be a good idea to place this item on your baby shower list.
When you use an electric steriliser, be sure to check the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Even though there is not much difference between various electric sterilisers, it is best to double-check to avoid errors. The instructions provided by the manufacturer will also tell you how long you can leave the bottles and teats in the steriliser before you must use them.
Bottle feeding a child with goat milk formula is something most parents pick up quite quickly, but it does help to have some additional tips for your child’s feeding time. Before you start feeding, make sure you are a hundred percent comfortable. If you are uncomfortable and must reposition, it could affect your child’s feeding. Also make sure you sit in a position that enables you to make eye contact with your child during feeding time.
When you feed your child, make sure you keep the child in an upright position. Also make sure you support the head of your child; this enables your child to breathe properly and to swallow comfortably during their feeding time.
To feed your child some goat milk formula, place the teat of the bottle against the lips of the child. Once the child opens his or her mouth, let them automatically draw in the teat. Please note that some babies may need a little bit of time to start with bottle feeding, so patience during feeding times is essential.
During feeding times, it is also important to try and avoid digestive distress for your child. While you are bottle feeding your child, always make sure the teat is full and that there is no air present. If the teat gets blocked during bottle feeding, make sure you have a spare teat on hand to replace the blocked teat.
Children should not only burp after feeding time, parents should also give their child a short break during feedings. Sometimes children need to burp to finish their meal. To burp the child properly, hold the child in an upwards position (preferably against the shoulder) and gently pat them on the back. When you do this, it is advised to place a bib over your shoulder, just in case the child brings some of the formula back up.
Of course, one of the most important things for parents is to choose the best infant formula for their child; this could prevent digestive distress and make feeding times a lot more efficient. There are several formulas parents could consider as the best infant formula for their child; this includes our Oli6 goat formula.
To determine if our Oli6 goat formula is the best infant formula for your child, you could obtain one of the available sachets from the Oli6 website. By obtaining one of these sachets, you can determine if our goat milk formula is the best infant formula for your child, but without having to buy large quantities of the formula immediately.
There are some medical conditions that could cause serious problems during feedings; this includes the child refusing to feed, but the child could also experience symptoms after consuming some formula.
If you believe there could be an underlying condition causing problems during formula feeds, it is recommended to take your child to a paediatrician or a licensed medical professional immediately. The medical professional can provide you with information on the appropriate steps to take.
Do you require more information about formula feeding with Oli6? Or do you simply have some additional questions about any of the content mentioned in this article? Feel free to contact the Oli6 team for assistance.