There are a lot of posts out there on breastfeeding so I thought I’d write a quick one on the bottle feeding process as I was a bit clueless when I gave up breastfeeding and started bottle feeding. I hadn’t been given any info prior to birth about it.
1. It’s all about the sterile environment. You’re trying to keep the whole process as sterile as possible so first step is to disinfect the kitchen surfaces you’ll be using
2. Wash those hands!…
3. Wash the bottles in warm water with washing up liquid and rinse with cold water. Pop washed bottles into steriliser
4. Stack them up like a tetris game! We used to have tommee tippee bottles but swapped to Dr Brown’s so have to play a fun game to get them to fit in the tommee tippee steriliser
5. Turn the steriliser on. Watch out that you don’t get burnt by the steam if you open it up quite soon after it’s finished. I know some people use a pan of boiling water or a microwave steamer to sterilise their bottles but I’m not sure how they work
6. Get your formula out if you haven’t already
7. Boil the kettle with fresh (not re-boiled) water. Wait for the water to cool down for no more than 30 mins then fill bottle up to required amount
8. Use the little scoop to carefully scoop in the required amount of formula. It’s one scoop of formula to every 30mls of water. Try your best to pack the scoops properly to stop the milk having too much or too little formula in it – this can make baby sick
9. Mix the formula with the cooled boiled water. I used a long plastic spoon that I sterilise each time now as you can’t shake the Dr Brown’s bottles
10. Construct the air vent part of the bottle. I try to touch it as little as possible but it’t hard because it need to be secure
11. Pop the teat structure on and secure with the lid
12. Cool to room temperature in a bowl of cold water
(test milk temperature on wrist before feeding)
And the most important part…
Everyone says these days not to make up bottles in advance and the formula tins say they ‘recommend making up bottles as required’ but as you can see, from the above, its a long process and if you have a screaming baby, it’s not very practical. We make up 3 bottles in a go. Any bottles that are made up in advance need to be used within 24 hours.
I’ve heard so many good things about this bad boy and wish we’d invested in one at the beginning:
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A twenty-something, full time working, mum of two, with a love for all things cat, cacti and scandi related.