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Formula Feeeding 101

Formula Feeeding 101

If you plan to formula feed, pediatricians recommend iron-fortified formula for the first year of life to prevent anemia. Formula made from cow’s milk is recommended over soy unless there is an allergy. Here are some bottle basics to keep in mind:

  • Feed slowly on day one as baby’s belly is the size of a small marble and holds only about two teaspoonfuls
  • Over the next several days, baby will take more, usually between 1 to 3 ounces each time
  • Feed your baby every 3 or 4 hours during the day, and he may sleep a little longer at night
  • Hold your baby close and cuddle during feeds
  • Hold bottle so milk fills nipple completely and baby doesn’t swallow air
  • To decrease the risk for choking and ear infections, keep baby in a semi-upright position when feeding

Formulas come in three versions: ready-to-feed, liquid concentrate and powder. It’s important to follow directions carefully when mixing concentrate or powder. For peace of mind when mixing, keep a clean source of purified baby water, such as Nursery, on hand.