Is it Wrong to Bottle Feed My Baby

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Bottle Feeding

Quality formula milk contains most of the nutrients your baby needs, and introducing it — whether during the first few weeks or a few months later — doesn’t make you less than a good mother.

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It is not wrong to bottle feed. However, medical experts recommend exclusive breastfeeding during the baby’s first six months, and this is especially true if you are in a developing country where access to potable drinking water or water purification methods are a luxury.
Playing safe with bottle feeding
  • Chose the right bottle and nipple: latex nipples are more common, they are softer and more flexible, and may closely mimic the breast, but may not last as long as silicone nipple; in addition, some babies are allergic to latex. Special nipples are available for premature babies. Plastic bottles are safer to handle than glass bottles.
  • Choosing the right formula is pretty daunting given the vast array of products on the shelves of supermarkets begging for your attention. However, care must be exercised that you do not buy a particular product for the wrong reason e.g. buy to attain a status, due to advertisement appeal, or to fatten the baby during the first year of life. You also have to decide whether you’ll use ready-to-feed liquid, concentrate, or powder. Find out the type of protein, fat and carbohydrate, the milk provides and the fortifications that are included in the milk. Overall, choose the milk that will best cater to the needs of your baby.
  • When feeding baby, tilt the bottle so formula fills the neck of the bottle and covers the nipple. (This will prevent baby from swallowing air as she sucks.)
  • Don’t feed the baby lying down — formula can flow into the ear, causing infection. Raise the head of the baby a bit while bottle feeding.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before preparing baby meals. Hygiene is extremely important if you must bottle feed.
  • Carefully wash and sterilize all bottles, nipples, and other utensils.
  • Refrigerate any preprepared formula; discard if not used within 24 hours.
Medical reasons NOT to breastfeed
  • If you are HIV positive or have untreated tuberculosis.
  • If you have herpes virus, that causes sores on the breasts.
  • When receiving chemotherapy for cancer.
  • When taking some prescription medications e.g. antiseizure drugs, cancer drugs e.t.c.
  • When using drugs of abuse, e.g. marijuana, cocaine.
  • When baby is diagnosed of galactosemia. It is a rare condition making the baby not tolerate galactose, in breast milk.

My Love goes to all mothers, both to those who breastfeed and those who cannot.

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