Friday, February 5, 2010

Bottle-feeding Tips

According to Charles Shubin, M.D., director of the Family Health Centers at the Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, breastfeeding isn't for everyone. Mainly, the choice is yours that you shouldn't feet guilty if you opt for formula.

"Your baby will pick on your stress," says Shubin. "It's important that feeding time is relaxed experience for both of you," he added.

As a result, he shared these essential reminders if you choose to bottle-feed your child especially during her first year of life.

Formula comes in three kinds: ready-to-feed liquid (the most expensive); concentrated liquid (less pricey); and powder (the cheapest).

Most formula container linings are made with bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that may cause neurological and behavioral problems in children. There's more potential for it to leach into ready-to-feed liquid in metal cans than into other formula types. The safest choice is powdered because it absorbs the least amount of BPA.

If you're mixing powder of liquid concentrate, use the exact amount of water the label says to use: Too little water can upset your baby's stomach or hurt the kidneys, while too much will keep her from getting enough nutrients.

Always cover and refrigerate opened cans of liquid formula, and use them within 48 hours.

To determine how much formula to prepare, divide your baby's weight in half: An 8-inch should baby needs about 4 ounces , for example. You'll be feeding him every 2 1/3 to 3 hours at first, but as he grows he'll eat less often.

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