A newborn baby needs food. That food can be breast milk or formula. The choice is that of the parents. In this post you will learn how to start bottle feeding with formula. If you want to start breastfeeding, I recommend reading this post.
The big responsibility
I have not met a single parent who does not know how important food is to a baby. The vast majority of parents I have met have either shown or said that this knowledge is not easy. Food is perhaps the most concrete manifestation of change responsibility: I have to give this baby the food it needs every day and every night. Otherwise, it dies.
The joy when the baby eats and the stress when it doesn't
If you are lucky enough to have a baby who likes to eat and is good at suckling, this responsibility may not feel particularly heavy. On the contrary, every meal provides a strong enforcement of the joy and pride of parenthood! Big congratulations to all of us who have been privileged to experience this!
However, many babies are not born as fully-fledged suckers. The earlier in pregnancy they are born, the greater the risk that they will not really understand how to do it. But even full-fledged and good sized babies can have this problem. Babies are simply different. Immediately from birth. If your baby needs help learning to eat: be sure to get that help. Don't go home from BB without the baby sucking.
Think about bottle feeding or breastfeeding before baby comes
My experience is that future first-time parents have rarely given much thought to how they want to give the baby food. “The mother should breastfeed, I guess. Well, most people do. It's probably fine. ”It's a shame I think. For baby, food will be such a big part of its life that it is well worth preparing well.
My advice to all you expecting children is therefore: think about how you would like to give your child food. Talk to your partner if you have any. If you have different ideas: discuss yourself with a solution you both can think of to live with, so that you can later support each other in feeding. Feel free to share your idea with friends who have children for feedback. And feel free to check with the midwife and ask for her best tips for what you want to do.
Difference between breastfeeding and bottle feeding
Breast milk is a very good food for infants, and when breastfeeding works it is a practical way to give the baby food. Contemporary breast milk substitutes are also a very good food for infants, and when bottle feeding works, it is a practical way to give the baby food.
The prerequisite for formula and bottle feeding to be equivalent to breastfeeding is access to clean water and a sufficient amount of formula powder. For those planning a longer stay in an area with poor access to clean water, breastfeeding is strongly recommended. For everyone else, the choice is completely free.
Breast milk has an infection-proof effect that has no replacement. It is well established that breastfeeding protects against bacterial gastric infections in countries with poor water hygiene and also that it protects against blood poisoning during the newborn period. Thankfully, blood poisoning is unusual among Swedish children, so you do not expose your child to any measurable risk of blood poisoning by choosing compensation.
The choice between breastfeeding and bottle feeding is the parent's.
Just formula or both bottle feeding and breastfeeding?
Just a bottle
If, as a mother, you already know during pregnancy that you can't imagine letting your baby even lick your nipple, it might be a good idea to decide to just bottle feed with formula. If you do not want milk production to get started, do not let the baby suck, not pump and not hand milk. Wear a tight sports bra without straps that firmly compress the breasts. There are drugs you can get on BB to stop milk production, but it often works well without it. Tell your partner what you want so you can support each other in the bottle feed. Make sure it is clear in your journal that you want help with bottle feeding and do not want any proposition about starting breastfeeding. Buy a few different types of bottles and pacifiers and formula for newborns.
. On Facebook there is a closed group of bottle feeding parents helping each other. It's called "To you who bottle feed your child - tips and advice along the way!". Send an inquiry if you want to join.
Both breast and bottle
Read about both bottle feeding and breastfeeding. In order to get milk production started, it is important to have plenty and tight sucking on the first day. Then it often takes at least a week or two before breastfeeding works out to be stable, so plan to wait at least 2-3 weeks to introduce the bottle. The risk of mixing bottle and breast from day one is that breastfeeding does not start at all.
Which formula is best?
All industrially manufactured infant milk substitutes sold in Sweden meet high quality requirements and are good for the child. Currently, the standard remuneration in Sweden is called BabySemp, NAN and Hipp. Just make sure to mix according to the instructions on the package to get the right amount of powder into water.
More expensive special formulas give more income to the food companies, but if the child is happy with the cheapest standard allowance, continue with it!
Children with cow's milk protein allergy need special formula.
How often should a newborn eat?
As often as it wants, but at least every three hours around the clock. If a newborn ceases to wake up one day and ask for food for 5-6 hours, it may be the first sign of a serious illness, such as a bacterial infection in the blood or brain.
A newborn who stops trying for the breast or bottle or does not want to suck, we want to see them in the ER the same day or night.
How Much Should Your Baby Eat?
Until it is full and satisfied. Newborns who become full stop actively sucking. Sometimes they fall asleep and look absolutely happy, sometimes they look at you with clear eyes. If you are going to make a bottle for a 3 kg newborn you can pour in 60 ml. For a 4 kg baby 75 ml and for a 5 kg 100 ml. Pour out the rest if the baby does not drink up. Fill with a little more if that is not enough.
Good luck with the feeding! If that doesn't work, ask for help! Seek out a helper you trust to strengthen you. I wish all BVC nurses knew this, but if you can't find one you can probably find someone who is more knowledgeable and supportive people through one of my tips up here!