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Parents who are formula feeding their child for the first time could certainly benefit from a helpful schedule with loads of tips. Today, Oli6 provides parents with a useful formula feeding guide, which contains countless tips for parents who decide to give their child formula including sterilising bottle-feeding equipment. Read on and discover the most important things to remember about your child’s feeding schedule.

How Do I Know I am Choosing the Right Formula?

Choosing the right formula is often the most difficult task for parents, since there are many things to consider. Our main tips for parents who are searching for the best formula are the following:
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Consider Your Child’s Sensitive Tummy

One of the most important tips we can give parents is to always consider their child’s sensitive tummy. Some formulas are not that great for the feeding schedule of your child, mainly because your child finds them difficult to digest.

Let us illustrate this problem with a practical example. Many parents give their child a standard cow’s milk formula; this is often recommended on those basic feeding schedules provided online. However, many children genuinely experience digestive distress after a formula feed with cow’s milk formula; this because their gentle tummy has problems digesting the formula. In these cases, it might be better to use goat’s milk formula for the feeding schedule of your child.

Consider a Constant Formula Supply

Another one of our most important tips is ensuring a constant formula supply for your child. Always choose a formula brand that is readily available in Australia; this means your formula should be sourced and manufactured in Australia. However, if you choose a brand that is made overseas, you could encounter a shortage of that formula at one point.

How Will I Know When My Toddler Is Hungry?

When a child is hungry, he will usually provide you with some non-verbal clues. As a parent, you will pick up on those cues quickly, so there is nothing to worry about. However, to help you prepare for this time in your child’s life, we will provide you with some useful non-verbal hungry cues for children up to six months.

Crying

One of the most efficient ways for your child to tell you he is hungry is crying. However, what many new parents do not know is that hungry crying is quite specific. It is usually a short and low-pitched cry. We must also mention that crying is one of the later signs of hunger, so most parents will not experience this with their baby.

Restlessness

Some infants become restless in their crib when they are hungry; this is usually the non-verbal cue before crying. When the child is restless, he might also show some additional signs of hunger; this includes moving his mouth and raising his hands to his face.

Sucking on the Fist

Another way your infant might be telling you he is hungry is by sucking his fist. He might also tell you he is hungry by smacking his lips frequently.

Sucking Motions with the Mouth

One trick parents have been using for decades is the stroking of the cheek. When a child is hungry, and you stroke his cheek, the child usually makes some sucking motions with the mouth; this is usually one of the first indicators of hunger.

Opening the Mouth and Smiling During a Feed

Infants can communicate hunger during a feed too. One way your child will show hunger is by opening the mouth before a feeding. The child may also continue sucking even after finishing his bottle of formula. Some infants over four months might show you their hunger by smiling during a feed.

How Much Milk Formula Does My Toddler Need?

The amount of formula your child needs varies by age. It also depends if you are breastfeeding your child or not, so it is always recommended to ask your midwife or your local doctor for a detailed feeding schedule when it doubt.

It is important not to give the baby more than 900 grams of formula daily. Once your child stars on solid foods, you will have to cut back on the amount of formula too. To determine how much you need to cut back, you must speak with a local caregiver, who can determine where you child is on the growth chart.

For children age 1 and up, formula can become a little more complicated. Most parents switch from formula to regular milk at this stage, but there are some exceptions. If a child has not gained enough weight, or has not developed as expected, a caregiver may recommend continuing the use of formula. To determine how much formula is best for your toddler, always speak to your child’s paediatrician first.

How Much Formula Should I Use?

The amount of formula you use is commonly determined by a baby’s weight. Most health professionals will recommend 140 grams of formula per kilogram of body weight. For example, if your infant weighs 2 kilograms, then 280 gram of formula is required over a period of 24 hours.

Naturally, circumstances can be different for some children, more specifically if your child suffers from an underlying medical condition; therefore, it is important to follow the advice of your midwife or child’s paediatrician carefully.

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How Will Feeding Change as My Child Grows?

As we mentioned briefly already, the amount of formula you give your child will change as your infant grows. The main thing to remember is that the biggest changes happen when your child starts on solid foods, since this is the time your child gets nutrients from sources other than formula. However, parents do not have to worry, since your local health professional can provide you with all the necessary information regarding this.

Do you have a question about the use of Oli6 Dairy Goat Formula? Or do you require more information about formula feeding with Oli6 formula? Do not hesitate to contact our team via telephone or the website contact form. We will be happy to assist.