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Useful information about Bottle Feeding
It will help to ensure that the equipment you use when feeding your baby is without any potential problems:
- The nipple can cause various problems - Check that the flow from the bottle is correct, it should flow at a rate of one drop per second. If the flow is faster or slower then the size of the nipple hole is too big or too small.
- If the nipple hole is too small then it will be difficult for the infant to suck
- If the nipple hole is too large then too much milk will be released
Safety Considerations regarding Bottle Feeding:
- One of the advantages of Bottle feeds is that anyone can share in this pleasurable task. The close contact is essential for the baby's development and well being. A baby should never be left unattended with a bottle
- Bottles of formula can be prepared in advance and refrigerated. Never use any prepared bottles which are more than 48 hours old
- Bacteria can develop if the formula is not refrigerated. Never use bottles that have been out of the refrigerator for more than 3 hours
- All equipment must be thoroughly cleaned and then sterilized before use
Useful information about Breast Feeding
Some useful information about breast feeding:
- Many babies are hungry every two hours. Breast-feed every 2-3 hours or on demand
- Milk production - The more your baby breast feeds the more milk you will produce
- A healthy diet. You need 400 to 500 more calories than you did to maintain your pre-pregnancy weight.
- Drink at least eight, but no more than 12 cups of liquid a day
Useful information about Solid Feeding
Some useful information about solid feeds:
- Diluted Juices are introduced at the age of 1 month
- Undiluted Juices are introduced at the age of 2 months
- Introduce semi-solid foods at the age of 4 months or weighs 6kg or by the age four months
- First introduce rice cereal at 4 months
- Introduce mashed fruits at 4-5 months
- Introduce mashed vegetables by 5-6 months
- When solid feeding is established ensure a daily intake of 500 -750ml milk
- Introduce Yolk of egg by 6 - 7 months
- Introduce minced meat and fish by 9 - 10 months
Checklists for New Born Babies !
We have tried to compile a really useful set of checklists indicating quantities as well as content. We have also added useful information on each category such as the sections on this page relating to baby feeding. The newborn checklist, or layette checklists, have been categorised into the following sections - please click the link of your choice for more useful and non commercial information: