Feeding an Infant

Add the amount of formula to the bottle as per the amount the formula instructions state. G) Mix the formula into the water by gently shaking the bottle. 1) To help prevent splattering cover the nipple of the bottle with the bottles provided lid. H) Cool the bottle using cold water either in a container or through a tap. *Be sure to keep the water below the lid of the bottle. I) Dry off the bottle with a clean towel. J) Check the temperature of the formula by dripping some on to your wrist. The ormolu should be lukewarm. 1) If the formula is hot then continue to cool the bottle off. Ill. FEEDING AN INFANT.

A) Find a comfortable spot for the parent and the infant. B) Insure proper back support with extra pillows. C) Gather all the feeding items you will need. 1) Prepared formula. 2) Burp cloth. 3) Extra clothes. D) Carefully pick up the infant making sure to support the head and neck. E) Hold the infant in a cradle position. Place the baby’s head in the crook of your arm. Put your other arm around the baby or underneath him. 3) Lift the arm with infant’s head slightly so the infant is in a semi-upright position. « WARNING В» Never feed an infant when they are lying down, because the formula can flow into the middle ear causing an infection.

F) With the free arm place the teat of the bottle in the infant’s mouth making sure not to force feed the infant in order to avoid choking. G) Try to burp the infant every ounce to help prevent messes and to keep the infant comfortable. *Note formula fed infants typically consume 2 to 3 ounce per feeding. 1) Place a burp rag over your shoulder. 2) Hold the infant upright with their head on the shoulder that is covered with the burp rag. ) Support the infant’s head and back while gently patting the infants back 5) If the infant does not burp try switching shoulders and continue burping for a few more minutes.

H) Once the feeding is complete be sure to repeat the previous step to help the infant burp. 1) Once the final burping is complete hold the infant in an upright position supporting their neck and head for a few minutes to ensure the formula settles and has lees chance to create a mess. 2) Once the Infant is fed and taken care of I. E. Diapers changed, clean clothes, etc then the cleanup of the bottles can begin by referring back to Step 1. Note before cleanup can begin make sure the infant is in a safe place where it is possible to see and/or hear them.

Infants are a huge responsibility and require a lot of time and patience but it is absolutely manageable with a little planning, some time management, and a lot of support from friends and family. Many other issues are bound to happen during the length of time it takes to feed an infant however, with this guide and some practice the responsibility becomes less like a chore and more about bonding. One last piece of advice, it is paramount to make regular doctor visits throughout your infant’s life to ensure that the infant stays as healthy as possible.

Glossary Burping: Burping is a way of removing excess air swallowed during bottle feeding. Formula: A substitution for breast milk for feeding infants, Formula comes in three different types. Dry: must be mixed with water. Liquid concentrate: Must be mixed with equal parts water. Ready-to-Feed: No mixing needed. Also, there are three distinct classes of formula Milk: Prepared from cow milk with added vegetable oils, vitamins, minerals, and iron. Soy: Made from soy protein with added vegetable oils (for fat calories) and corn syrup and/or sucrose (for carbohydrate).

These formulas are suitable for infants who cannot tolerate the lactose in most milk-based formulas or who are allergic to the whole protein in cow milk and milk-based formulas. And Special formula for low birth weight (LB) infants, low sodium formulas for infants that need to restrict salt intake, and “predigested” protein formulas for infants who cannot tolerate or are allergic to the whole proteins (casein and whey) in cow milk and milk-based formulas (Medicine. Com, 2013). Rolling boil: All water boils (large bubbles rising from the bottom to the top) at the same temperature (212 0 F/OHIO co)