Bottle feeding can often seem simpler and more straightforward than breastfeeding.
But there is a good chance that your little one will find it difficult to make this transition with ease.
More so, if you have been nursing them beyond the three-month age range.
Whatever your reason may be to start your bub on the bottle, do know that there will be an adjustment period.
The important thing is to be aware of everything that could go wrong, so that you always have a solution in hand.
In this blog, we’ll take you through the many misadventures of milk in a bottle.
What are the common mishaps and muddles to expect?
Well, you could…
Lose the lids and caps
These little things tend to have a mind of their own. Before you know it, a rogue lid will end up at the bottom of a diaper bag or at the top of a cabinet. So, make sure to use an organiser, rack or bin to stock and store these all-important items.
Forget to change the bottle and nipple
You may lose track of time and forget to do the essential swap, which can lead to bacteria or mould developing. To avoid this, create a schedule for the next set of changes. We’d recommended changing the bottle every six months, and the nipple, every three.
Fail to check the bottle for proper ventilation
If the bottle is not properly ventilated, your infant will find it hard to feed. This is because it needs to maintain neutral pressure for the milk to flow smoothly. Check the bottle for proper air flow, and don’t screw on the lid too tight.
Not know how to sterilise the bottle
Baby bottles need to be sterilised before and after use. You may, however, be lacking in this area of expertise. The best way to go about this is to place it in boiling water for 5 minutes, before moving it (with thongs) to a sterile holder.
Be clueless about the ideal temperature
If the milk is not at the right temperature your baby will refuse to drink it. You can turn to a milk heating device to get that perfect amount of warmth. Test it on your wrist!
Lack the ability to manage milk aversion
Is your baby turning away, spitting out the milk, making a fuss to drink? If this is the case, you might want to check the nipple size and milk temperature.
Be in two minds about discarding milk
Did you know bottled milk can start to spoil after a couple of hours? It’s vital to discard leftover milk so as to avoid your baby getting sick after the next feed.
Through a course of trial and error, you’ll begin to understand your child’s drinking patterns, needs and behaviour.
From milk leakage to milk overload, and everything in between, there is a lot to keep track of.
Luckily, Greendigo has bottled up a whole lot of solutions for you.
Write to us if you have any queries!