If you want baby to both breastfeed and take a bottle, consider these tips:
Try This Tip: A breastfeeding mom nurses baby on one side, then the other. Changing helps baby's eyes develop equally. Do the same if you're bottlefeeding -- change which arm he leans on at each feeding.
Babies have preferences you can't predict. Before you start bottlefeeding, have several brands on hand, with newborn (slow-flow) nipples. Try each and let baby make the choice based on what keeps her fuss-free. The majority of bottles these days are reusable, though some have disposable plastic liners that can make cleaning easier.
Try This Tip: Prepare bottles of boiled water before you go to bed. Keep them, along with premeasured powdered formula, in your room. When baby wakes, mix one bottle of water along with the right amount of formula and bring it straight to baby.
Parents say they choose a formula based on reputation, a doctor's advice, or price. All are valid reasons. "Start with a cow's milk-based formula," says Stephen Daniels, MD, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. It's vital that it be iron-fortified. Also, studies show that formula with the added nutrients DHA and ARA is beneficial for brain and eye development. If you think baby is reacting badly to a formula, talk to a pediatrician before switching. Often formula is wrongly blamed for normal newborn fussiness, Dr. Daniels says.
Originally published in American Baby magazine, November 2005.
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