Bottle Feeding


 BOTTLE FEEDING


Pregnancy articles:
22. Birth

          The baby should be fed with a bottle only after cleaning it properly. If we feed the baby without cleaning the bottle or with dirty bottle, different types of diseases like- loose motions, cholera, vomiting, fever, etc. can be occurred. Before feeding, clean the bottle in warm soapy water with brush and rinse thoroughly. The corners and hidden parts should be cleaned carefully. Clean bottles should be boiled in a big pot and 3-4 bottles are necessary for the baby, because boiling 1-1 bottle particularly is a time killing job. Bottles’ lids (covers) should be washed with salt water and leave them in this water for little while. After that, put these caps (lids) in the sunlight for drying. The nipple should be washed in warm water.    

          Before filling the bottle with milk, both the hands should be washed with soap and water. After feeding the baby, the bottle should be kept after filling boiled water in it so that later, it can be cleaned easily. 

          If mother has to go to her job and no anyone present in the absence of her for preparing milk for the baby, she should fill 3-4 bottles with milk as per requirement and should keep in refrigerator so that anyone can feed the baby when he or she feels hungry and cries for milk. By feeding with bottle, we can also find out how much milk the baby had drunk in absence of him or her mother. Cold milk kept in the refrigerator is not harmful for the baby. 

          Women should remain careful that nipple’s hole should have according to the age of baby. Normally nipple’s hole is become wide by itself by sucking. Yet we should check that milk is dripping or not by reversing the bottle after filling it with milk. If milk dripped about 4-5 drops in one second through nipple, it is right otherwise nipple’s hole should be made wide with hot needle. Before feeding, we should check that milk is neither too hot nor too cold, because too hot milk can burn the baby’s mouth.       

          Before going to work or job, the mother should attach her baby with herself. If generates affection, love and faith in the child for his or her mother. While feeding the baby, mother must close her baby with her chest (breasts). The baby can be fed with bottle milk after adding sugar in it. Sometimes, the baby does not able to suck milk from bottle due to blockage of nipple’s hole with cream, so we should filter milk before filling in the bottle. It will help the baby is sucking milk easily.    

          The nipple should not be exposed to flies and should not be touched with dirty hand and should not be covered with dirty clothes otherwise it can make the baby sick.

          While feeding with bottle, we should be careful that nipple is filled with milk. Therefore, the baby should be fed by slant bottle. If nipple is empty, the baby will take in too much air and get a lot of wind due to filling air inside the baby’s stomach, he or she does not able to drink milk properly.   

          If a woman wants to feed her baby with bottle milk by leaving her own milk, at first, she fed his or him with her own milk and then bottle milk should be given or fed her baby with her own milk in the morning and evening and give bottle milk at noon. After doing in this way till 2 months, she can start feeding her baby with bottle milk.     

          In this way, if a woman wants to feed her baby with her own milk by leaving (quitting) bottle milk, she should feed her baby with spoons of milk after making him or her close to the breasts. While feeding this way, baby can take nipple in his or her mouth due to which a type of sensation starts in mother’s brain that helps in secretion of prolactine hormones and milk starts producing in the breasts. In this way, the mother can take her baby on breasts milk by leaving bottle milk.  

          Women can feed their baby with cow’s or buffalo’s milk after 45 days of the birth of baby. Few women believe that cow’s milk has additional calcium, so little water should be added in it for feeding the baby till 2 months. Normally about 150 g milk should be given to the baby per kg of his or her weight in 24 hours.

The weight and length of Indian healthy children-

Boy

Girl

Weight (in kg)

Length (in cm)

Age

Weight (in kg)

Length (in cm)

2.6

47.1

At the time of birth

2.6

46.7

5.3

59.1

3 month

5.0

58.4

6.7

64.7

6 month

6.2

63.7

7.4

68.2

9 month

6.9

67.0

8.4

73.9

1 year

7.8

72.5

10.1

81.6

2 year

9.6

80.1

11.8

88.8

3 year

11.2

87.2

13.5

96.0

4 year

12.9

94.5

14.8

102.1

5 year

14.5

101.4

16.3

108.0

6 year

16.0

107.4

18.0

113.9

7 year

17.6

112.8

19.7

119.3

8 year

19.4

118.2

21.5

123.7

9 year

21.3

122.9

23.5

124.4

10 year

23.6

123.4