If breastfeeding is not an option for you or not your choice, you can feed your baby formula.
Feedings can be a time of giving more than nutrients to your baby. Here are some suggestions for making this a special time for both you and your baby:
Talk with your baby's health care provider about what formula is best for your baby. Although there are many types of formula, most babies do well with one that is cow-milk based.
Unless your baby's health care provider advises against it, choose a formula that is iron-fortified. This is important to prevent iron deficiency, which can slow development.
Once made up, all formula must be refrigerated. Formula should be thrown out after 24 hours if it has not been used.
The different types of formula are:
You will find many kinds of bottles and nipples at the store. Try several kinds and see what you and your baby like best.
Bottles are made of glass or plastic. When choosing a bottle, consider:
Nipples come in several shapes and sizes. They can be made of silicon or latex. Consider the following:
Do not add honey in the formula or put it on the nipple. Honey can make your baby sick.
You should never give honey to a child younger than 1 year old.
Never prop a bottle or leave your baby alone to feed. This is dangerous and can cause choking, ear infections, and tooth decay.
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