Unlike breastfeeding, formula feeding should be taken seriously. Starting from the time of administration, cleanliness of bottles, how to store formula, and so forth. Here’s a complete explanation of how to make baby formula correctly.
Number and frequency of formula feeding
The first thing to consider in providing baby formula is the amount and frequency of administration. Because the baby formula is less digestible than breast milk, babies usually only need to be given milk several times, not as often as children who breastfed. Children can receive formula milk gradually because newborns have minuscule stomach sizes that will then develop.
After the first few days, your baby can spend 60-90 ml of formula each time breastfeeding. In a day, he might suckle every 3-4 hours during the first few weeks. During the first month, if your baby sleeps longer than 4-5 hours and begins to spend hours drinking his milk, wake him up from his sleep and offer him milk.
By the end of 1 month, he or she may spend as much as 120 ml of milk each time, and with a possible suckling frequency of about 4 hours.
At six months of age, your baby can consume 180-240 ml of formula milk every 4-5 hours once their stomach capacity is greater.
However, you should not be stuck with these limitations because of the needs of different babies. The best thing is to give them milk every kid asks for, or every time the baby cries because he is hungry, just as if the mother gave milk. Over time, the child can develop a regular schedule for feeding time, so you will more easily know when the baby is hungry and should be given milk.
However, you as a mother should be smart to limit milk for babies if the intake is very excessive (usually more than 960 ml/day). If your child seems too frequent or too much to suckle, try to distract him by playing or doing other things. Because obesity may begin to develop in infancy, so it is important to understand your baby’s needs.
Always keep baby bottles clean
Another thing that should be considered a baby with formula is the cleanliness of the bottle. One of the reasons why breastmilk is better for babies is because breast milk is more sterile than formula milk. Opportunities for infant formula to be exposed to germs and bacteria are larger, thus becoming less sterile for babies.
You should clean the bottle properly before giving it to the baby. Not just the bottle, but also the bottle cap and the pacifier. You can wash it with warm water and soap every after and before the container is used. Use a unique bottle brush so you can reach the entire bottle when cleaning it.
Choose a particular bottle for baby
Do not arbitrarily pick a bottle of milk for the baby. It recommended selecting a bottle of milk labeled BPA-free and made of plastic polyethylene and polypropylene which is safe for babies. For more impregnable, you should not boil the bottle, or put it in a dishwasher or microwave, because the high temperature it produces can release chemicals from the milk bottle plastic.
Notice how to make milk
Before making baby formula, you should wash your hands with soap. After that, follow the instructions on how to present the milk contained in the package. You should follow how many spoons of milk powder you should mix with water. Milk that is too thin or too thick is not recommended for babies. The last is use clean, safe water to make milk.